Bi3Fe4Ga1O12 garnet properties and its application to ultrafast switching in the visible spectrum

Shaoying Kang, Shizhuo Yin, Venimadhav Adyam, Qi Li, Yong Zhu

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We have synthesized Bi3Fe4Ga1O 12 (BIGG) films on Gd3Ga5O12 and Gd3(ScGa)5O12 substrates by a pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction and rocking curve analyses confirm the epitaxial quality of the films with a lattice constant close to 12.61 ± 0.01 Å. Compared with that of a bismuth iron garnet Bi3Fe 5O12 (BIG) film, the bandwidth of the BIGG transmittance (T) spectrum is extended and its left edge shifted down in wavelength by approximately 50 nm. This enables its Faraday rotation θF and switching speed to be tested at a wavelength of 532 nm. While BIGG film has a Faraday rotation angle slightly less than that of BIG film, its magnetooptical figure of merit, 2|θFd|/-ln(T%), is greatly improved to a typical value ∼1.8 times larger than that of the BIG film. Further, the high-speed pulse response time of the BIGG film reaches 2.4 ns with a 1 mm aperture size at the wavelength of 532 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3656-3660
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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