Barium M-type ferrite as an electromagnetic microwave absorber in the GHz range

Satoshi Sugimoto, Katsumi Okayama, Sin Ichi Kondo, Hiroyasu Ota, Masafumi Kimura, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Hajime Nakamura, David Book, Toshio Kagotani, Motofumi Homma

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The electromagnetic microwave absorption properties of Barium M-type ferrite, in which Fe3+ was substituted by (Ti0.5Mn0.5)3+, were investigated in the GHz frequency range. The anisotropy field (HA) of Barium M-type ferrite can be changed by varying the Ti0.5Mn0.5 content, which enables the natural resonance frequency (fr) to be controlled, in the range 48 GHz to 8 GHz. BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Mn0.5)xO19 sintered ferrites with compositions x = 2.5 to 5 exhibited good microwave absorption properties, with minimum reflection losses (R.L.) less than -20 dB in 1 to 20 GHz frequency range, for matching thicknesses (dm) of 0.5 to 3.8 mm. BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Mn0.5)xO19 ferrite-resin composites with 70 mass% ferrite, exhibited wide bandwidths with R.L.<-20 dB. In particular, the composite samples with compositions x=3 and x=4 had wide bandwidths of 14.1 to ∼20 GHz and 7.4 to 12.0 GHz, for matching thicknesses of 1.6 mm and 2.7 mm, respectively. These matching thicknesses were smaller than for conventional spinel ferrites. It may be concluded that Barium M-type ferrite is a good candidate for a thin electromagnetic microwave absorber in the GHz range. This is the first study to show that it is possible to use the natural resonance of M-type ferrite for the absorption of microwave radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1083
Number of pages4
Journalmaterials transactions, jim
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Oct


  • Bandwidth
  • Barium M-type ferrite
  • Electromagnetic wave absorber
  • Matching thickness
  • Natural resonance
  • Reflection loss
  • Substitutional elements


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