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OPEN Engineering optical mode

ferromagnetic resonance in FeCoB films with ultrathin Ru insertion

Shandong Li1, Cuiling Wang1, Xian-Ming Chu2, Guo-Xing Miao3, Qian Xue1,3, Wenqin Zou4, Meimei Liu5, Jie Xu1, Qiang Li1, Youyong Dai6, Shishen Yan6, Shishou Kang6, Yunze Long1 & Yueguang Lu7

Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) in soft magnetic films (SMFs) to a large extent determines the maximum working frequency of magnetic devices. The FMR frequency (fr) in an optical mode is usually much higher than that in the corresponding acoustic mode for exchange coupled ferromagnet/ nonmagnet/ferromagnet (FM/NM/FM) trilayers. In this study, we prepared a 50 nm FeCoB film with uniaxial magnetic anisotropy (UMA), showing a high acoustic mode fr of 4.17 GHz. When an ultrathin Ru spacer was inserted in the very middle of the UMA-FeCoB film, the zero-field FMR was abruptly switched from an acoustic mode to an optical one with fr dramatically enhanced from 4.17 GHz to 11.32 GHz. Furthermore, the FMR mode can be readily tuned to optical mode only, acoustic mode only, or double mode by simply varying the applied filed, which provides a flexible way to design multi-band microwave devices.

Received: 09 August 2016 Accepted: 25 August 2016 Published: 15 September 2016

Ferromagnetic resonance is one of the most fundamental physical phenomena of SMFs, which practically decides the operation speed of these magnetic materials in actual devices1'2. FMR-based radio-frequency (RF) and microwave devices are widely used in communication, information, aerospace, aviation, military, and many other fields, and higher and higher f is in demand with the fast advance of science and technology3,4. The coercivity (HC) of SMFs is expected to decrease with the grain size (D) following a relationship of HC a D6, as a result of the random anisotropy mechanism5. Therefore, nanocrystalline SMFs, such as FeCo-based films, are promising in RF/microwave integrated circuit (IC) devices due to their strong saturation magnetization (4nMS), high fr, large permeability (|i), and good compatibility with IC processes. In recent years, with many researchers' dedicated efforts to enhance the anisotropic field HK, the zero-bias fr of FeCo-based SMFs was enhanced from several hundred MHz6,7 up to S-band (2-4 GHz)8-10 and C-band (4-8 GHz)11,12. Very recently, fr has reached the range of X-band (8-12 GHz)13-15. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to drive FMR to higher frequencies solely from increasing HK. It is therefore highly desired to explore new ways of further increasing the FMR frequency.

FMR is known to show both acoustic and optical modes in exchange coupled FM/NM/FM trilayers. The interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) does not produce any dynamic contribution to the acoustic mode resonance because the RF components of the two magnetization vectors are tightly phase locked. Therefore, the acoustic mode dispersion relation in the trilayer is no different from that in a single-layer system. On the other hand, the IEC is able to introduce an extra effective field Jeff into the dispersion relation of the optical mode, in which the magnetization vectors resonate out-of-phase16. Therefore, the FMR frequency of the optical mode (frO) will be much higher than that of the acoustic mode (frA) in an antiferromagnetically (AFM) coupled trilayer. Moreover, in some trilayers, such as Fe/Cr/Fe, Co/Ru/Co, the FM layers are strongly AFM coupled by IEC field with the

■"■College of Physics, Laboratory of Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, the Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, and Key Laboratory of Photonics Materials and Technology in Universities of Shandong, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China. 2Department of Cardiology, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, Qingdao 266100, China. institute for Quantum Computing, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, N2L 3G1, Canada. ^National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China. 5Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fujian, 350002, China. 6School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China. 7Department of Physics, School of Science, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, 150001, China. Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to S.L. (email: or G.-X.M. (email: or Y.L. (email:

strength on the order of several kOe17,18, which can lead to a very highf up to 50 GHz. Nevertheless, applicable optical mode resonance in AFM coupled trilayers has not been reported. In general, the optical mode resonance in FM1/NM/FM2 trilayers is only observable in FMR measurements when the individual FM layers have different resonance fields or magnetizations16,19. The acoustic mode of FMR has been well utilized in practical RF/micro-wave devices, while the optical mode resonance is largely neglected due to its weak permeability16,19,20 until very recently, when we discovered good permeability and optical mode frequency in IEC trilayers21. In this article, we demonstrate well-engineered tunability on the microwave performance of Fe0.5Co0.5-B/Ru/Fe0.5Co05-B (abbreviated to FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB below) trilayers. It is exciting that controllable optical mode resonance with enhanced frequency (11.32 GHz) and high permeability (over 200 at resonance) was achieved in UMA-FeCoB films with ultrathin Ru spacer (ca. 4 A). This work provides a new way of engineering SMFs towards higher f via optical mode instead of acoustic mode, for microwave materials and devices.

Self-biased SMFs used in RF/microwave ICs should have two important properties: uniaxial magnetic anisot-ropy, and nanocrystalline structure5-14. The former provides an effective magnetic field HK, leading to strong FMR in absence of external magnetic fields6-14. The latter will soften the magnetic properties leading to small coercivity and low magnetic loss5. Therefore, investigations on microwave SMFs so far mainly focus on the enhancement of HK in nanocrystalline films. Several useful approaches, such as oblique sputtering12,22, exchange coupling23-26, and magnetoelectric coupling27,28, were developed for achieving higher HK. In our previous work11,29,30, a novel composition gradient sputtering (CGS) method was invented, where magnetic main target (e.g. Fe05Co05) has a normal incidence to the wafers, while doping element target (e.g. B) has an angled incidence to create the chemical gradient. A dramatically increase of the in-plane HK up to 547 Oe is achieved due to the uniaxially distributed chemical stress induced by doping composition gradient. As a result, good microwave ferromagnetic properties with f over 7 GHz were obtained in CGS FeCoHf magnetic films11.


The composition distribution of FeCoB single layer prepared by CGS method. The composition distribution along the radial (R) direction of sample turntable was confirmed by a field-emission electron probe microanalyzer (FE-EPMA). The atomic ratio of Fe:Co remains at 0.91 throughout the wafer, indicating a homogeneous composition comparable to the Fe05Co05 target composition due to its normal incidence; while the atomic ratio of B:Co increases linearly across the wafer, from 0.83 to 0.87 for the test distance x from 1 to 5 mm. It is the B composition gradient that results in the strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy and good microwave ferromagnetic performance in these CGS-FeCoB films.

Microstructure analysis. The microstructure of the FeCoB single layer was examined by a high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope (HR-STEM). As shown in Fig. 1a, thickness of the FeCoB single layer is indeed 50 nm. The electron diffraction spectroscopy (EDS) pattern reveals that the FeCoB single layer has a polycrystalline bcc structure. The high-resolution image, shown in Fig. 1b, demonstrated that the average grain size of the FeCoB film is smaller than 8 nm, which is beneficial to the enhancement of microwave ferromagnetic performance.

Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. Figure 2a demonstrates that the FeCoB single layer exhibits a well-defined uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with a large anisotropy field HK of 195 Oe and its easy axis (EA) parallel to the tangential (T) direction of the sample turntable. Similar to the discussions in our previous work11,29,30, the gradient distribution of B gives rise to a gradient chemical stress, which then induces a large HK. According to the Kittel's equation, f = HK (HK + 4nMS), the large HK leads to a high self-biasedf. Figure 2b showed that a highf of 4.17 GHz was achieved in the CGS-FeCoB single layer. In addition, the small grain sizes give rise to the desired low HC of 8.8 Oe and good soft magnetic performance.

The Ru thickness dependence of FMR performances for FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB trilayers. Figure 3a shows the Ru thickness dependence of the scattering coefficient S21 at zero applied magnetic field. The S21 scattering parameter represents microwave transmission, and strong absorption (dip of the transmitted signal) happens around the FMR frequency. As illustrated, the CGS-FeCoB single layer (Ru free) shows a highf of 4.17 GHz, indicating a high UMA field HK induced by the B composition gradient in the CGS film. When an ultrathin Ru spacer is inserted to the very middle of the 50 nm FeCoB film, the S21 spectra depend very sensitively on the inserted layer thickness. For the trilayer with a 2 A Ru spacer, the fr is reduced from 4.17 (single layer) to 1.82 GHz; however, for the trilayers with Ru thickness in the range of 3-4 A, thef dramatically increases to more than 11 GHz. With further increasing the Ru thickness to 8 and 11 A, thef is reduced again, but an additional absorption peak appears at lower frequencies. The FMR frequencies of the strongest absorption peaks are summarized in Fig. 3b. It is obvious that the highestf is present in trilayers with 3-4 A Ru spacer, which is slightly thicker than 1 ML of Ru (a ML of hcp Ru is 2.14 A if (001) orientated, and 2.34 A if (110) oriented).


The interface microstructure. In order to find out the reason that f is dramatically enhanced with inserting an ultrathin Ru, we carried out HR-STEM to check the microstructures of various samples. Figure 4 shows the comparison of cross-sectional TEM images for typical samples with Ru thickness of 0, 2, 4 and 8 A, respectively. It should be mentioned that we cannot distinguish the Ru atoms in the middle from FeCoB nanocrystllines under the HR-STEM due to the Ru spacer roughness. Fortunately, the atomic radius of Ru (1.89 A) is larger than that of Fe (1.72 A) and Co (1.67 A). The difference of atomic radius between Ru and Fe/Co results in a stress around

Figure 1. The morphology (a) and high-resolution image (b) of an UMA FeCoB single layer. The inset of (a) shows the electron diffraction spectroscopy pattern over a few nanocrystals and the corresponding facet indexes, where the dashed circles are guide for the eyes. (b) shows the nanocrystalline FeCoB with the average grain size smaller than 8 nm.

the interface, which changes the trajectory of diffraction electrons and produces a stress-induced diffraction contrast31, indirectly revealing the interface information near the Ru spacer. As illustrated in Fig. 4b-d, the Ru spacer is still discontinuous in the trilayer with 2 Â Ru, while it becomes continuous for Ru thicker than 1 ML (e.g. 4 and 8 Â, Fig. 4c,d). As clearly revealed below, the interface varying from discontinuous to continuous results in an abrupt change of the FMR mode type and microwave properties.

The effect of Ru spacer thickness on the static and alternative magnetic properties. The hysteresis loops of the representative samples are summarized in Fig. 5. The insets in Fig. 5 show the schematic structure of the Ru layer and magnetic moment orientations of the FeCoB layers, which are deduced from the TEM images in Fig. 4 and hysteresis loops in Fig. 5. Comparing to the single layer (Fig. 5a), the trilayer with 2 Â Ru (less than 1 ML) shows a lower HK and higher HC (Fig. 5b), implying its microwave soft magnetic properties are deteriorated by the discontinuous Ru spacer. In this sample, the FM layers on the two sides of the Ru spacer are overall FM coupled since they are not entirely separated. The added AFM (Ru covered region) coupling weakens HK and results in a lower fr of 1.82 GHz in the trilayer with 2 Â Ru (Fig. 3).

For a Ru spacer thicker than 1 ML (e.g. 4 Â, Fig. 5c), the two FM sublayers on the two sides of the Ru spacer no longer have direct contact. The FM sublayers change abruptly from ferromagnetic coupling to antiferro-magnetic coupling, and the hysteresis loops are far different from those of the single layer (Fig. 5a,c). Its EA hysteresis loop shows a double S shape with near-zero remanence. This is a clear demonstration of spin-flop switching, where the system goes abruptly from an AFM-like configuration to a FM-like configuration32,33. One can already visualize that an AFM configuration suppresses the in-phase acoustic resonance modes while

Figure 2. Hysteresis loops (a) and permeability spectra (b) for the UMA FeCoB single layer. A well-defined uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with easy and hard axes along tangential and radial direction of the sample turntable respectively, is present in CGS-FeCoB single layer (a). A sharp FMR peak at 4.17 GHz was observed (b).

Figure 3. The Ru spacer thickness dependence of FMR frequency, (a) scattering coefficient S21 at zero magnetic field, and (b) the FMR frequency of the strongest FMR peak on each sample. The absorption peak of S21 represents the FMR frequency. For the sample without Ru spacer or with thinner ones, the FMR shows acoustic mode resonance with low frequency (tRu = 0 and 2 Â). When the Ru spacer is 3-4 Â (slightly thicker than 1 ML), only optical mode resonance is observed due to the extinction of the acoustic mode resonance (tRu = 3 and 4 Â). With further increasing the Ru thickness (tRu = 8 and 11 Â), the strength of interlayer exchange coupling is weakened and both optical and acoustic mode resonances co-exist.

a FM configuration suppresses the out-of-phase optical resonance modes. The forward and reverse magnetization curves are very close to each other, but do not completely overlap until reaching very large magnetic fields. As shown in the inset of Fig. 5c, the hysteresis loops do not saturate even at an applied field of 2 kOe. These features indicate that there exists strong antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling between the neighboring

Figure 4. The cross-sectional TEM images of samples with different Ru spacer thicknesses, (a) FeCoB single layer, (b-d) FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB trilayers with tRu from 2 to 8 Â, respectively. With the increase of Ru thickness, the Ru spacer changes from discontinuous (b) to continuous (c,d).

FeCoB sublayers through the ultrathin Ru layer34. As discussed above, the strong antiferromagnetic IEC in the trilayer with a 4 Â Ru spacer results in an optical mode resonance with very high fr Therefore, the sudden jump offr from 4.17 GHz in the single layer to 11.32 GHz in the trilayer with a 4 Â Ru spacer can be attributed to the resonance mode varying from an acoustic mode in the single layer to an optical mode in the trilayer. In other words, inserting an ultrathin Ru spacer (>1 ML) in the middle of UMA-FeCoB film results in two separated FM sublayers coupled with AFM IEC, leading to qualitative changes of magnetic coupling type, FMR mode, and magnetic properties, and ultimately the pronounced difference of microwave performances between the single layer and the trilayer.

When the two FM sublayers are strictly antiparallel to each other, the OM resonance, even though still exists, has essentially zero net magnetization thus no observable resonance amplitude. Further increasing the Ru thickness (e.g. 8 Â, Fig. 5d), the strength of IEC is reduced, and the moments in the two FM sublayers are no longer tightly coupled. Although the upper and lower FM sublayers are still AFM-like coupled, their moments can deviate from the strict antiparallel alignment. In this case, both parallel and antiparallel moment alignments between the two FM sublayers co-exist, leading to the observable co-existence of acoustic and optical mode resonances (Fig. 3). As the coupling weakens, both the AM and OM frequencies do approach the single layer AM frequency, but not monotonically due to the oscillating RKKY coupling strength.

The magnetic field dependence of FMR modes in the single layer and trilayers. Unlike the acoustic mode, the FMR optical mode is sensitive to the relative magnetic moment orientation in the two FM sublayers. Therefore, these two modes can be distinguished by changing the applied field. Figure 6 shows the permeability spectra at various magnetic fields for the single layer and the trilayer with 4 Â Ru spacer. As illustrated in Fig. 6a-c, the single layer exhibits an acoustic mode resonance and its fr monotonically increases with the applied

Figure 5. Hysteresis loops along EA and HA direction. The inset in each panel shows the schematic drawing of Ru atomic layer structure and the magnetic moment orientation in the corresponding sample. A well-defined uniaxial magnetic anisotropy is present in the UMA-FeCoB single layer (a). The trilayers' hysteresis loops (b-d) are sensitive to the Ru thickness. For the trilayer with Ru thickness tRu = 2 A (b), hysteresis loops similar to the single layer are observed with slightly larger HC and smaller HK. For the trilayer with 4 A Ru (c), a double S shape loop along EA direction is present. The upper left inset of (c) shows the hysteresis loop of the trilayer with 4 A Ru under a wider magnetic field range, indicating that it does not fully saturate even at magnetic fields of 2 kOe. The trilayer with 8 A Ru (d) shows a lower flip field, implying a weakened interlayer exchange coupling.

field. However, the magnetic field dependence of permeability spectra for the trilayer with 4 A Ru spacer is quite different from that of the single layer, showing some interesting and complex characteristics. An ultrahigh fr of 11.32 GHz is achieved in the trilayer at zero applied magnetic field, which can be readily assigned to the optical mode resonance (Fig. 6d). Under an applied field of 80 Oe, besides a high FMR peak at 11.35 GHz (optical mode resonance), an additional resonance peak at 2.85 GHz (acoustic mode resonance) appears (Fig. 6e). Further increasing the applied field to 160 Oe, the FMR peak at high frequency disappears and only one FMR peak at 3.55 GHz (acoustic mode) is observed (Fig. 6f).

In general, the optical mode resonance is inaccessible in isotropic systems16. However, a strong optical mode resonance with high frequency was achieved in this study. It can be attributed to the engineered difference in magnetic properties between the studied UMA-FeCoB trilayers and the conventional trilayers: (1) the moments in the latter are orientated randomly, while those in the former are self-aligned along the EA direction (transverse to the composition gradient direction) due to the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by chemical stress;

(2) the large UMA field HK makes the moments precess around the direction of HK even at zero applied field;

(3) the ultrathin Ru spacer gives rise to a strong AFM interlayer coupling, leading to a dramatic enhancement of the optical mode resonance frequency. The combination of these factors results in an enhancement of optical modes and suppression of acoustic modes at zero applied field.

In order to clarify the relationship between the FMR modes and the applied field, the hysteresis loops of the single layer and the trilayer with a 4 A Ru spacer are carefully compared. As shown in Fig. 5a, the hysteresis loop of the single layer along eA shows a very small coercivity of 8.8 Oe and very large remanence ratio close to 1, indicating that the magnetic moments of the single layer are arranged along the EA direction. When the applied field is also along the EA direction, the moments will precess uniformly, forming an acoustic mode resonance. The FMR frequency will increase monotonically with the applied field (Fig. 5a-c). However, the trilayer with an ultrathin Ru spacer shows a complex magnetization process. For the studied trilayer, the equilibrium state is governed by the competition among three types of energies: (1) the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy induced by B composition gradient, which pushes the moments towards the uniaxial EA directions; (2) the interlayer exchange coupling energy due to the separation by an ultrathin Ru spacer, which prefers to align the moments of the two FeCoB sublayers antiparallel; (3) the Zeeman energy caused by the applied field, which drives the moments towards the applied field direction. Figure 7 shows the hysteresis loop of the trilayer with a 4 A Ru spacer along

Figure 6. The magnetic field dependence of permeability spectra along EA direction. The FMR frequency peak in FeCoB single layer increases monotonically with the increase of magnetic field due to its acoustic mode FMR (a-c). However, the FeCoB/Ru/FeCoB trilayer exhibits three possible FMR mode: optical only (d), acoustic only (f), or double mode (e), depending on the magnetic configuration at the corresponding external magnetic field.


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Figure 7. The hysteresis loop along EA and its first derivative for the trilayer with a 4 A Ru spacer. Some representative points of D (zero field), E (magnetic moments fast flipping) and F (approaching saturation) are marked in Fig. 7. The off-set magnetic field of 144 Oe in the derivative curve refers to a critical field Hcri, where most of magnetic moments antiparallel to the external field are flipped to the direction of applied field. (Points D, E, F are where Fig. 6d-f are measured).

EA and its first derivative, where the representative locations for measuring the permeability spectra in Fig. 6d-f are marked using D, E(80 Oe) and F(160 Oe), respectively. Site D refers to the location of zero-bias magnetic field, E locates at the site where the moments flip towards the applied field fast, and F refers to the field where the

magnetization is approaching saturation. From the first derivative curve, it can be seen that a critical field Hcri is present due to the competition among the three types of energies, where the interlayer AFM coupling is overcome by the Zeeman energy and the two FM sublayers change from antiferromagnetic-like to ferromagnetic-like alignment. Hcri of 144 Oe is deduced from the off-set field of the first derivative curve, as shown in Fig. 7. The three permeability spectra measurement points are distributed on both sides of Hcri (E and F) and at the origin of the coordinates (D).

At site D with zero applied field, no Zeeman energy is present, the combination of the uniaxial magnetic ani-sotropy energy and the interlayer exchange coupling makes the moments of the two FM sublayers antiparallel to each other and orientated along opposite EA directions. Thus, only optical mode resonance with ultrahigh FMR frequency of11.32 GHz was observed (Fig. 6d).

With the increase of magnetic field along the EA direction (from D to E site), the magnetization increases slowly in the beginning because the rotation of the moments in one of the FeCoB sublayers (the layer initially antiparallel to the applied field) is impeded by the anisotropy energy barrier, and a magnetization plateau shows up in the loop. On the other hand, the strong interlayer AFM coupling forces the moments that are initially parallel to EA to deviate from the EA direction. Therefore, at site E with an applied field of 80 Oe, the collinear antiferromagnetic moment alignment is distorted, leading to a non-collinear antiferromagnetic-like moment alignment with an obtuse angle between the sublayer moments. At this field, both parallel and antiparallel moment alignments coexist, therefore both acoustic and optical mode resonances are present simultaneously (Fig. 6e).

When the applied field increases to beyond the critical field Hcri (such as site F with an applied field of 160 Oe), the moments that are initially antiparallel to the applied field have already overcome the anisotropy energy barrier and flipped towards the applied field, forming a ferromagnetic-like moment alignment with an acute angle. At this stage, the acoustic mode dominates the permeability spectra, and the optical mode resonance is too small to be observed (Fig. 6f).

The UMA-FeCoB trilayer separated by an ultrathin Ru spacer (4 A) exhibits intriguing microwave soft magnetic performances. It presents three types of resonance characters depending on the applied field: the high-frequency optical mode, the low-frequency acoustic mode, and the coexistent double mode. These features are especially suitable for applications in multiband microwave devices, which can work at high-, low-, or double-frequencies, with simply changing the applied fields. The excellent microwave soft magnetic performance of the trilayers can be attributed to their special magnetic structures. One remarkable feature of the CGS-FeCoB films, quite different from the conventional isotropic SMFs, is that their magnetic moments prefer to align with EA set by the chemical stress from the B composition gradient. This feature is very important because the orientated moments of the FeCoB sublayers ensure the observable optical mode resonance at zero applied field. Otherwise, the optical mode resonance will be averaged out as in randomly orientated films. The AFM-like moment alignment persists till a critical field Hcri, beyond which the anisotropy field is overcome by the applied field and the moment alignment becomes more FM-like. As a result, three resonance regions with high, low and double FMR frequencies are present via controlling the applied field.

In conclusion, this work provides a new way to prepare soft magnetic films with higher f via optical mode, instead of acoustic mode as in conventional films. FeCoB nanocrystalline soft magnetic films with ultrathin Ru insertion and uniaxial magnetic anisotropy were prepared by a composition gradient sputtering method. The inserted Ru spacer layer results in an antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling, which leads to an enhanced optical mode resonance with ultrahigh FMR frequency of 11.32 GHz at zero bias field. Moreover, such trilayers exhibit three distinct resonance performances: the high-frequency optical mode, the low-frequency acoustic mode, and the coexistent double mode, all of which can be readily tuned with simply varying the applied field. These features provide a flexible design for multiband microwave devices, which can function at high-, low-, or double-frequencies.


Sample preparation. A single crystal (100) Si substrate with the dimension of 5 x 5 x 0.5 mm3 was loaded on a turntable. The first UMA-FeCoB layer of 25 nm in thickness was deposited on the substrate by the CGS method at room temperature under 2.8 mTorr Ar pressure with a flow rate of 20 sccm, along with a RF power of 80 W on one Fe05Co05 target (normal incidence) and 120 W on one B target (angled incidence to create the chemical gradient). Then an ultrathin Ru layer was deposited on top of the first UMA-FeCoB layer. After that, the second 25 nm UMA-FeCoB layer was deposited under the same preparation conditions. In order to study the effect of Ru spacer thickness on the microwave ferromagnetic performances, various Ru thicknesses from 2 to 11 A were deposited and a series of uniaxial magnetic anisotropic and antiferromagnetically coupled FeCoB/Ru/ FeCoB trilayers were obtained. As a control sample, an UMA-FeCoB single layer with thickness of 50 nm was also deposited under the same conditions.

Samples characterization. The thickness of the films is determined by deposition rate and time. The composition distribution was detected by a FE-EPMA with model JXA-8500 F. The magnetic properties and the microwave performance were measured by a physical property measurement system (MPMS, Quantum Design Co. Evercool II) and a vector network analyzer (Agilent N5224A) with a co-planar waveguide transmission line fixture. The vector network analyzer records the scattering parameters, and simulates the measured curves with the Landau-Liftshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation. The microstructures observation of the films were carried out by a HR-STEM (FEI Co. Tecnai F20).


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This work was financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China with grant Nos 11074040, 11674187, 11504192, 11374188 and 11434006, Key Project of Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province with grant No. ZR2012FZ006, and The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant RGPIN 418415-2012.

Author Contributions

S.L. conceived the project; C.W., Q.X. and Y.D. prepared the samples; X.-M.C., J.X. and Q.L. carried out the magnetic and microwave performance measurements; S.L., G.-X.M., S.Y. and Y.L. prepared the manuscript; W.Z. and M.L. carried out the TEM observation; S.Y., S.K., Y.L. and Y.L. supervised the project. All authors discussed the results and editing of the paper.

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Competing financial interests: The authors declare no competing financial interests.

How to cite this article: Li, S. et al. Engineering optical mode ferromagnetic resonance in FeCoB films with ultrathin Ru insertion. Sci. Rep. 6, 33349; doi: 10.1038/srep33349 (2016).

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