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Title: Current-induced torque driven ferromagnetic resonance in magnetic microstructures
Author: Fang, Dong
ISNI:       0000 0004 2712 2745
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2011
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This Dissertation explores the interaction between the magnetisation and an alternating current in a uniform ferromagnetic system. Diluted magnetic semiconductors (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)(As,P) have been studied. Due to their strong spin-orbit coupling and well-understood band-structure, these materials are well-suited to this investigation. The combined effect of spinorbit coupling and exchange interaction permits the alternating current to induce an oscillating current-induced torque (CIT) on the magnetisation. In the frequency range close to the natural resonance frequency of the magnetic moments (gigahertz), CIT can excite precessional motion of the magnetisation, a process known as ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). CIT can be parameterised by an effective magnetic field. By analysing the lineshape of the measured FMR signals, the magnitude and orientation of this effective field have been accurately determined. Moreover, the current-induced fields in these ferromagnetic materials have been observed with symmetries of the Dresselhaus, and for the first time, Rashba spin-orbit coupling. A new class of device-scale FMR technique, named as CIT-FMR, has been established in this Dissertation, with the advantage of simple device structure (only a resistor is required) and scalability (measurements have been performed on devices sized from 4 μm down to 80 nm). This technique is not only limited to magnetic semiconductors, but can also be transferred to study other ferromagnetic systems such as ultrathin metal films. Finally, the CIT-FMR technique is employed to study the magnetic anisotropyin individual (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)(As,P) micro-devices. Devices down to 80 nm in width have been measured in (Ga,Mn)(As,P), which show strong strain-relaxation-induced anisotropy, larger than any previously reported cases on (Ga,Mn)As. Furthermore, due to the tensile-strain on the (Ga,Mn)(As,P) epilayers, the anisotropy field due to patterning-induced strain-relaxation in these devices is observed to take the opposite direction compared to that in the compressively-strained (Ga,Mn)As samples.
Supervisor: Ferguson, Andrew J. Sponsor: Cambridge Overseas Trusts ; Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory ; Downing College ; EU Grant FP7-214499 NAMASTE
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Ferromagnetic resonance ; SO-FMR ; Spintronics ; Ferromagnetic semiconductor ; GaMnAs ; Current-induced torque