YIG: nanometer-thin and
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Single crystal ferromagnetic materials such as Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) are characterized by very low microwave losses. This is why they are primarily used to build microwave oscillators (YIG oscillators) and filters that can be frequency tuned with an external magnetic field. YIG spheres serve as the frequency-determining element in these solid-state resonators.
Thanks to layer thicknesses in the micro- to nanometer range, epitaxial YIG films can be used, among other things, for
- Electronically tunable delay lines and phase shifters,
- Integrated non-reciprocal devices such as magneto-optic isolators and circulators,
- Bragg cell modulators for integrated optics,
- In the future, as a base material for spin-wave components (YIG-magnonics) with micro- and nanostructures (nanomagnonics): Layer thicknesses in the sub-micron range are required here.