[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this study, the temperature dependence of the permeability spectra in range from 303 K to 423 K of FeSiAl thin films fabricated by oblique deposition are carried out. The resonance frequency is found to increase from 1.6 GHz to 2.9 GHz at room temperature with the oblique deposition angle changed from 18.4° to 45°. It is attributed to the increase of the magnetic anisotropy. The thermal stability of the resonance frequency and dynamic anisotropy are found to be within 15% in the temperature range from 303 K to 423 K. In addition, the behavior of the static and dynamic permeabilities, effective Gilbert damping factor, and frequency line width with temperature for FeSiAl films with different oblique deposition angles are presented and discussed in detail.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds 10/2014; 610:126–131. · 2.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: FeAlSi (Sendust) is known to possess excellent soft magnetic properties comparable to traditional soft magnetic alloys such as NiFe (Permalloy), while having a relatively higher resistance for lower eddy current losses. However, their dynamic magnetic and magneto-transport properties are not well-studied. Via the spin rectification effect, we electrically characterize a series of obliquely sputtered FeAlSi films at ferromagnetic resonance. The variations of the anisotropy fields and damping with oblique angle are extracted and discussed. In particular, two-magnon scattering is found to dominate the damping behavior at high oblique angles. An analysis of the results shows large anomalous Hall effect and anisotropic magneto-resistance across all samples, which decreases sharply with increasing oblique incidence.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We propose a novel approach using Co underlayer to grow FeCo thin films by sputtering oblique deposition technique to achieve desirable performance for high frequency applications working in an environment where in the temperature may fluctuate. In particular, the films show a very high resonance frequency tunable up to 6.2 GHz with the permeability of 391 and an excellent thermal stability with the variation less than 1% in the temperature range from 300 K to 420 K.
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 09/2014; 365:8–13. · 2.00 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Microwaves have the capability of penetrating through materials with low permittivity. By means of a near-field scanning microwave microscope system, we obtained two-dimensional maps of the incident microwave's reflection coefficient intensity and frequency shift, which correspond well to the spatial distribution and electrical conductance of fluids and metallic thin film structures hidden underneath 15–170 μm thick dielectric covers. The lateral resolution and sensitivity to conductivity for the target samples were found closely related to the thickness of the cover layer. The technique offers a real-time, in-situ, and a non-invasive approach to monitor the local chemical reactions, the motion of fluids, and the distribution or concentrations of ions or bio-materials in lab-on-a-chip systems. This technique also has the potential to be developed for the detection of live cells and tissues.
Journal of Applied Physics 07/2014; 116(4):044904-044904-9. · 2.19 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The magnetic and microwave properties of a heterostructure composing of a composition-graded FeCoTa film and a [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32(011) substrate were investigated with respect to a varied applied electric field. For the as-deposited sample in the initial unpoled state, the resonance frequency is 7.2 GHz and it is suddenly increased to 8.4 GHz when the applied electric field reaches 2 kV/cm. Then upon the changing of the electric field from 6 kV/cm to −6 kV/cm, the resonance frequency is varied in the range from 8.4 GHz to 9.2 GHz. The resonance frequency can only be reset back to the lower level with the value of 7.6 GHz through the depolarization process. The results are interpreted in terms of the change in ferroelectric domain structures leading to the variation of the stress-induced magnetic anisotropy, which is experimentally verified by the magnetic and microwave behaviors after depolarization.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The multiferroic heterostructure of FeCoZr/[Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32(011) (PMN-PT) prepared by oblique sputtering deposition technique shows a large electrical tunability of ultra-high ferromagnetic resonance frequency from 7.4 GHz to 12.3 GHz. Moreover, we experimentally demonstrate the possibility of realizing electrically reconfigurable magnetoelectric microwave devices with ultra-low power consumption by employing the heterostructure under different resetting electric fields through a reconfiguration process. In particular, the tunability of the FeCoZr/PMN-PT heterostructure from 8.2 GHz to 11.6 GHz can retain in a remanent state after releasing the resetting electric field. This suggests that the tunable microwave devices based on such heterostructures are permanently reconfigurable by simply using a trigger electric field double-pulse which requires much less energy than that of the conventional ones wherein an electric field needs to be constantly applied during operation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this work, we prepare and characterize FeCo/IrMn–Al2O3 multilayers using magnetron sputtering method with various doping concentrations in order to study the doping effect of the antiferromagnetic layer in exchange-biased films on their high frequency magnetic properties and their thermal stability for fundamental research as well as for application. The influences of the nonmagnetic Al2O3 doping in the antiferromagnetic layers on the high frequency magnetic properties from 1 GHz up to 8 GHz and their thermal stability of the FeCo/IrMn exchange-biased multilayer have been investigated in the temperature range from room temperature up to 420 K. The temperature behavior of exchange bias, static magnetic anisotropy field, dynamic magnetic anisotropy field, rotatable magnetic anisotropy field, resonant frequency and damping of the samples are presented and interpreted by classifying the antiferromagnet grains into random spin grains, frozen spin grains and rotatable spin grains. In particular, the roles and changes of each grain type with the doping amount and with temperature are discussed in conjunction with the variations of the magnetic and microwave parameters.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds 07/2014; 602:87–93. · 2.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Magnetic anisotropy is always known to decrease with temperature and so far there has been no work in the literature reporting about any experimental observation of the increment of magnetic anisotropy with temperature in any thin films other than the one reported in our previous papers. In this paper, we demonstrate that gradient-composition sputtering technique is a method to fabricate magnetic thin films having an in-plane magnetic anisotropy increased with temperature. In particular, our composition-graded magnetic thin films of FeCoX (X (=) Ta, Zr, Hf, Lu) show an increase of ferromagnetic resonance frequency when the temperature is elevated, which evidently indicates the increase of magnetic anisotropy with temperature. This peculiar behavior is ascribed to the stress-induced origin of the magnetic anisotropy present in the films grown by gradient-composition sputtering in which the stress of the films is increased with temperature. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanism of this unusual thermal behavior, an additional set of composition-graded FeCoTa thin films were fabricated onto different substrates showing that the increase of magnetic anisotropy with temperature is present in all the films regardless of the substrates used. This experimental result unambiguously implies that the increasing of stress with temperature is not only due to the difference between the thermal expansion coefficients between the substrates and the films, but also owing to the intrinsic nature of the composition gradient of the films.
IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 07/2014; 50(7):1-6. · 1.21 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Through the inverse spin Hall effect, spin-pumped currents from a Py(Ni80Fe20) layer are converted to direct current (dc) voltages in an adjacent platinum (Pt) layer, which adds to dc voltages generated by the spin rectification effect originating from anisotropic magnetoresistance, ordinary and anomalous Hall effect in the permalloy (Py) layer. Based on a shorted microstrip fixture, we perform angular measurements of rectified dc voltages in a Py(Ni80Fe20)/Pt bilayer to simultaneously separate spin pumping-induced inverse spin Hall voltages from spin-rectified voltages. A systematic approach to accurately determine the spin-Hall angle of Pt is presented.
Journal of Physics D Applied Physics 06/2014; 47(28):285001. · 2.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We demonstrate far-field super-resolution coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy by exciting the sample with photonic nanojets. The sub-diffraction photonic nanojets were formed on the surface of the sample by microspheres illuminated by laser beams, and images were acquired by a standard laser-scanning CARS microscope. When the laser beams were focused on the microspheres, the photonic nanojets determined the excitation volume instead of the diffraction-limited laser foci, leading to super-resolution. We imaged the sub-diffraction features of a Blu-ray disc using glass spheres with a refractive index of 1.46 and diameters in the 1-6 µm range. The microspheres provided a lateral magnification factor up to 5.0X and a lateral resolution of at least 200 nm at 796 nm laser wavelength, allowing us to resolve the features on the disc which were invisible under normal CARS imaging. The magnification factor depended on both the microsphere size and the focal plane position of the incident beams. To explain the magnification factor we performed theoretical simulations which showed excellent agreement with experimental results. This super-resolution technique could be very useful for the vibrational imaging of nano-scale objects on films and surfaces.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the high-frequency magnetic properties of oblique-sputtered CoFeBSm thin films. We found that the zero-field ferromagnetic resonance frequency fr can be tuned from 3.8 to 6.4 GHz by rotating the samples within the plane. The angular tunable fr is tentatively explained with the competition of uniaxial anisotropy (arising from the oblique deposition) the rotatable anisotropy (originating from the rotatable stripe domain). These results may have great implications for tunable microwave magnetic devices.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We experimentally demonstrate that the stress-induced magnetic anisotropy in composition-graded ferromagnetic NiFeTa layers can be employed to trigger exchange bias in NiFeTa/IrMn bilayers without using any deposition field or field cooling procedure. In particular, we found that the NiFeTa/IrMn bilayers exhibit double-shifted loops being composed of both negative and positive exchange biases when the deposition angle is low. As the deposition angle is increased, the magnetization curves change into a single-shifted loop with spontaneous exchange bias aligned along negative or positive direction. The results can be explained by the formation of magnetic domain state under the presence of a strong stress-induced magnetic anisotropy and this domain state is pinned upon the deposition of an antiferromagnetic layer. We also studied the dynamic permeability spectra of the films with respect to temperature and discussed the results in relation with the static magnetic properties.
Journal of Applied Physics 04/2014; 115(14):143901-143901-6. · 2.19 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this manuscript, we describe how the map of high frequency conductivity distribution of an oxide-doped anti-ferromagnetic 200 nm thin film can be obtained from the quality factor (Q) measured by a near-field scanning microwave microscope (NSMM). Finite element analysis (FEA) is employed to simulate the NSMM tip-sample interaction and obtain a curve related between the simulated quality factor (Q) and conductivity. The curve is calibrated by a standard Cu thin film with thickness of 200 nm, together with NSMM measured Q of Ag, Au, Fe, Cr and Ti thin films. The experimental conductivity obtained by the NSMM for IrMn thin films with various doped concentrations of Al2O3 is found consistent with conventional voltammetry measurement in the same tendency. That conductivity decreases as the content of doped Al2O3 increases. The results and images obtained demonstrate that NSMM can be employed in thin film analysis for characterization of local electrical properties of materials in a non-destructive manner and for obtaining a map of conductivity distribution on the same film.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe a shorted microstrip method for the sensitive quantification of Spin Rectification Effect (SRE). SRE for a Permalloy (Ni80Fe20) thin film strip sputtered onto SiO2 substrate is demonstrated. Our method obviates the need for simultaneous lithographic patterning of the sample and transmission line, therefore greatly simplifying the SRE measurement process. Such a shorted microstrip method can allow different contributions to SRE (anisotropic magnetoresistance, Hall effect, and anomalous Hall effect) to be simultaneously determined. Furthermore, SRE signals from unpatterned 50 nm thick Permalloy films of area dimensions 5 mm × 10 mm can even be detected.
The Review of scientific instruments 02/2014; 85(2):026109. · 1.58 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this manuscript, a near-field scanning microwave microscope (NSMM) of our own design is introduced while using a multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) bundle as the tip (referred to as ‘CNT tip’). Clear images of gold-patterned numbers, photoresist stripes and corneal endothelial cells (cell line B4G12) were obtained by mapping the resonant frequency fr and S11 amplitude of a given area while the NSMM is operating in tapping mode. The CNT tip helps to improve image quality and reveals more information about the sample as compared to a traditional metallic tip. The CNT tip is flexible and does not scratch the surface of the sample during the scan, which is useful for imaging soft material in biological science. In the imaging of the B4G12 endothelial cells, the nuclei and cytoplasm can be clearly distinguished from the rest of the cell and its surrounding medium.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An experimental study of the magnetic and microwave properties together
with the thermal stability of FeCoHf films fabricated by a novel hybrid
oblique gradient-composition sputtering technique is presented. It was
found that both ferromagnetic resonance frequency and thermal stability
can be significantly enhanced by changing the oblique deposition angle.
The result is tentatively explained by separating the role of each
contribution of the magnetic anisotropy such as stress-induced
anisotropy, shape anisotropy and pair-ordering anisotropy. On the basis
of this experimental result, it is suggestive that this method is an
effective way to fabricate thin films with good microwave performance
oriented for high-frequency applications.
Journal of Physics D Applied Physics 12/2013; 46(48):5002-. · 2.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mirror-closed dielectric lenses such as Maxwell’s fisheye lens
have been recently discussed to have unique light focusing capacity. The
key issue for this lens is to make a perfect deep subwavelength drain
which is able to absorb the entire wavefronts emitted by the source. In
this work the authors proposed two methods to solve this problem and
designed small size drains using time reversed scattering and
transformation optics. At the image position, deep subwavelength
focusing spots were achieved in a closed dielectric-embedded lens by
these drains. The transformed drain could work at arbitrary wavelength
and polarization. Our results showed the critical role of an attenuating
drain in the imaging process of a Maxwell fisheye lens and gave
technical approaches for their implementation. The general methods
developed here may serve to design other interesting electromagnetic
Journal of Optics 12/2013; 15(12):5705-. · 2.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Invisibility cloaking based on optical transformation involves materials singularity at the branch cut points. Many interesting optical devices, such as the Eaton lens, also require planar media index singularities in their implementation. We show a method to transmute two singularities simultaneously into harmless topological defects formed by anisotropic permittivity and permeability tensors. Numerical simulation is performed to verify the functionality of the transmuted conformal cloak consisting of two kissing Maxwell fish eyes.
Journal of the Optical Society of America A 11/2013; 30(11):2280-5. · 1.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this paper, we report the fabrication of a homogeneous anisotropic
invisibility carpet cloak that works for transverse magnetic (TM) wave
in free space. Linear coordinate transformation is employed for the
design of the dielectric tensors, and the cloak is made of
Al2O3 slabs with a Teflon background. The
triangular invisible region has a height of 32.4 mm (one third of the
height of the whole device) and a width of 200 mm. The cloaking effect
is examined in far-field free-space transmission experiments by
measuring the scattering parameters. The results show our device has
very good cloaking performance in a wide frequency range from 8 to 12
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The permeability μ and resonant frequency fr of stripe
domain ferrite doped CoFe thin films are enhanced from 14 to 22 and 6.0
GHz to 6.4 GHz, respectively, by using Ta buffer layer. The observed
enhancement of both permeability and resonant frequency seems to deviate
from Snoek's law which expects the value of μ decrease as the
fr increases. Compared to the case of using Permalloy
(Ni80Fe20) buffer layer where μ is enhanced to
25 and fr is reduced to 4.1 GHz, the present result suggests
that the employment of Ta buffer layer may be useful in the quest for
high permeability magnetic thin films at GHz frequency range.
Journal of Physics D Applied Physics 10/2013; 46(41):5001-. · 2.52 Impact Factor