Note: Vector network analyzer-ferromagnetic resonance spectrometer using high Q-factor cavity

C. K. Lo*, W. C. Lai, J. C. Cheng

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A ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectrometer whose main components consist of an X-band resonator and a vector network analyzer (VNA) was developed. This spectrometer takes advantage of a high Q-factor (9600) cavity and state-of-the-art VNA. Accordingly, field modulation lock-in technique for signal to noise ratio (SNR) enhancement is no longer necessary, and FMR absorption can therefore be extracted directly. Its derivative for the ascertainment of full width at half maximum height of FMR peak can be found by taking the differentiation of original data. This system was characterized with different thicknesses of permalloy (Py) films and its multilayer, and found that the SNR of 5 nm Py on glass was better than 50, and did not have significant reduction even at low microwave excitation power (-20 dBm), and at low Q-factor (3000). The FMR other than X-band can also be examined in the same manner by using a suitable band cavity within the frequency range of VNA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number086114
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation


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