Optical transmission and Faraday rotation spectra of a bismuth iron garnet film
2003 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 94, no 9, 5688-5694 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We prepared an epitaxial 530-nm-thick bismuth iron garnet (BIG) film on a Gd3Ga5O12(GGG) (111) substrate by pulsed laser deposition and measured spectra of optical transmission and magneto-optical Faraday rotation theta(F)(lambda) in visible light. Both spectra are shaped by the dispersion relations of the dielectric tensor and the effects of multiple-beam interference in the thin film. From fitting of the transmission spectrum, dispersion relations of the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index were found for the wavelength range from 515 to 1000 nm, n(lambda)=2.36+(413 nm/lambda)(2) and k(lambda)=(lambda/4pi nm)xexp[(1660 nm/lambda)(2)-15.2]. With these data as input information, a single diamagnetic line centered at lambda=486 nm was fitted to the experimentally recorded magneto-optical spectrum. The effects of thin film interference and surface roughness were included in order to closely reproduce the measured spectrum. The roughness determined from spectral analysis was compared to the rms roughness measured by atomic force microscopy. The values agree within a deviation of less than 20% and are approximately 3% of film thickness. The magneto-optical figure of merit 2\theta(F)\/alpha (alpha is the absorption coefficient) of our film increases strongly with wavelength and exceeds 100degrees at 740 nm. The optical efficiency for magneto-optical visualization \exp(-2alphad)sin(4theta(F)d)\ (d is film thickness) possesses a maximum value of 29% at 600 nm. Both quantities were calculated using the obtained dispersion relations for absorption and Faraday rotation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 94, no 9, 5688-5694 p.
semiconductor thin-films, pulsed-laser deposition, amorphous-silicon, thickness, constants, y3fe5o12
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22908DOI: 10.1063/1.1618935ISI: 000186138600035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-22908DiVA: diva2:341606
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