American Physical Society
Physical Review Letters
The effect of sample inhomogeneity on the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth is determined by diagonalization of a spin wave Hamiltonian for ferromagnetic thin films with inhomogeneities spanning a wide range of characteristic length scales. A model inhomogeneity is used that consist of size D grains and an anisotropy field Hp that varies randomly from grain to grain in a film with thickness d and magnetization Ms. The resulting linewidth agrees well with the two-magnon model for small inhomogeneity, HpD « πMsd. For large inhomogeneity, HpD » πMsd the precession becomes localized and the spectrum approaches that of local precession on independent grains.