Magnetization dynamics and Gilbert damping in ultrathin Co48Fe32B20 films with out-of-plane anisotropy

Malinowski, G.; Kuiper, K. C.; Lavrijsen, R.; Swagten, H. J. M.; Koopmans, B.
March 2009
Applied Physics Letters;3/9/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 10, pN.PAG
Academic Journal
Time resolved magneto-optical Kerr measurements are carried out to study the precessional dynamics of ferromagnetic thin films with out-of-plane anisotropy. A combined analysis of parameters, such as coercive fields, magnetic anisotropy, and Gilbert damping α, is reported. Using a macrospin approximation and the Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert equation, the effective anisotropy and α are obtained. A large damping varying with the applied field as well as with the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer is reported. Simulations using a distribution in the effective anisotropy allow us to reproduce the field evolution of α. Moreover, its thickness dependence correlates with the spin pumping effect.


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