Tailored tunneling magneto-dielectric effects in Co-MgF2 granular nanostructures by in-situ insertion of thin MgF2 layers

Yang Cao, Nobukiyo Kobayashi, Shigehiro Ohnuma, Hiroshi Masumoto

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We report a Co-MgF/MgF heterostructure that comprises periodic layers of super-paramagnetic Co0.23-(MgF)0.77 and thin crystalline MgF, to tailor the frequency response of tunneling magneto-dielectric (TMD) effect. The results indicate that increasing MgF interlayer thickness (t) from 0 to 4 nm causes the position of peak dielectric change (Δε′/ε′0) at a specific frequency fTMD, to shift from 300 to 3 kHz, while also retaining a slight decrease in Δε′/ε′0 from 2.9% to 2.4%. The magnitude of Δε′/ε′0 can be controlled by varying the Co content in the granular layers. Theoretical curve fittings predict that the TMD effect in the heterostructure arises from both the granular layers and interlayers, and a change in inter-granular distance within the interlayers leads to a shift in the position of fTMD. This study may prove helpful for tailoring the magneto-dielectric response of granular nanocomposites to a particular frequency, with potential magnetoelectric applications over a wide frequency range.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022906
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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