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Title: Epitaxial patterning of nanometer-thick Y 3Fe 5O 12 films with low magnetic damping

Magnetic insulators such as yttrium iron garnet, Y 3Fe 5O 12, with extremely low magnetic damping have opened the door for low power spin-orbitronics due to their low energy dissipation and effcient spin current generation and transmission. We demonstrate reliable and effcient epitaxial growth and nanopatterning of Y 3Fe 5O 12 thin-film based nanostructures on insulating Gd 3Ga 5O 12 substrates. In particular, our fabrication process is compatible with conventional sputtering and liftoff, and does not require aggressive ion milling which may be detrimental to the oxide thin films. Structural and magnetic properties indicate good qualities, in particular low magnetic damping of both films and patterned structures. The dynamic magnetic properties of the nanostructures are systematically investigated as a function of the lateral dimension. By comparing to ferromagnetic nanowire structures, a distinct edge mode in addition to the main mode is identified by both experiments and simulations, which also exhibits cross-over with the main mode upon varying the width of the wires. In conclusion, the non-linear evolution of dynamic modes over nanostructural dimensions highlights the important role of size confinement to their material properties in magnetic devices where Y 3Fe 5O 12 nanostructures serve as the key functional component.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Materials Science Division; Hubei Polytechnic Univ., Huangshi (China)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Materials Science Division
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nanoscale
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364
Publisher:
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ferromagnetic resonance; magnetic oxides; nanopatterning; spin current
OSTI Identifier:
1249540