Structure, microstructure, and magneto-optical properties of laser deposited Bi₃Fe₅O₁₂/Gd₃Ga₅O₁₂(111) films

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Bi3Fe5O12 films were deposited onto single crystal Gd3Ga5O12(111) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction patterns and cross sectional transmission electron micrographs show epitaxial film growth and a flat interface between the film and substrate. However, there are small inclusions at the interface and a network of cracks is observed by optical microscope. The refractive index is 3.4 at 800 nm wavelength. The optical transmission is low below 540 nm but increases to 90% for a 1.8 mum thick film at 850 nm. The magneto-optical Faraday rotation is high, with a peak value of -24 deg/mum at 560 nm. The angle of Faraday ellipticity reaches a maximum value of 15 deg/mum at 545 nm. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9556-9560
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002