Influence of a Dy overlayer on the precessional dynamics of a ferromagnetic thin film
Van Der Laan, G
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Precessional dynamics of a Co50Fe50(0.7)/Ni 90Fe10(5)/Dy(1)/Ru(3) (thicknesses in nm) thin film have been explored by low temperature time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect and phase-resolved x-ray ferromagnetic resonance measurements. As the temperature was decreased from 300 to 140 K, the magnetic damping was found to increase rapidly while the resonance field was strongly reduced. Static x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements revealed increasing ferromagnetic order of the Dy moment antiparallel to that of Co50Fe50/Ni 90Fe10. Increased coupling of the Dy orbital moment to the precessing spin magnetization leads to significantly increased damping and gyromagnetic ratio of the film while leaving its magnetic anisotropy effectively unchanged.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of EPSRC Grant EP/F021755/1. The ALS is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Parts of this work were carried out on beamline 4.0.2 at the ALS and beamline I06-1 at Diamond Light Source.
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Vol. 102 (6), article 062418