Interface enhancement of Gilbert damping from first principles.

  title={Interface enhancement of Gilbert damping from first principles.},
  author={Yi Liu and Zhe Yuan and Rien J H Wesselink and Anton A. Starikov and P. H. J. Kelly},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={113 20},
The enhancement of Gilbert damping observed for Ni_{80}Fe_{20} (Py) films in contact with the nonmagnetic metals Cu, Pd, Ta, and Pt is quantitatively reproduced using first-principles scattering calculations. The "spin-pumping" theory that qualitatively explains its dependence on the Py thickness is generalized to include a number of extra factors known to be important for spin transport through interfaces. Determining the parameters in this theory from first principles shows that interface… CONTINUE READING

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