Temperature and Thickness Dependence of Statistical Fluctuations of the Gilbert Damping in Co - Fe - B / Mg O Bilayers

Sutee Sampan-A-Pai, Jessada Chureemart, Roy W. Chantrell, Roman Chepulskyy, Shuxia Wang, Dmytro Apalkov, Richard F.L. Evans, Phanwadee Chureemart

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We theoretically investigate the temperature and thickness dependence of the effective Gilbert damping constant (α) in the Co-Fe-B/MgO system using atomistic spin dynamics. We consider a high damping constant at the interface layer and a low damping constant for the bulklike layers due to large interfacial spin-orbit coupling. We find a strong dependence of the effective Gilbert damping with the film thickness, in quantitative agreement with experimental data. The temperature dependence of the effective damping arising from thermal-spin fluctuations up to temperatures of 400 K is weak, with no apparent change over the studied temperature range. Interestingly, we find that the temperature produces a different effect: a statistical fluctuation of the Gilbert damping parameter for a given relaxation induced solely from the finite size of the system. This statistical variation of the Gilbert damping is an intrinsic effect and is important for spintronic devices operating at gigahertz frequencies, where the dynamic response must be carefully controlled.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044001
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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