Structure and Magnetic Properties of Ce-Substituted Yttrium Iron Garnet Prepared by Conventional Sintering Techniques

  • Tao Shen
  • Hailong Dai
  • Mingxin Song
  • Hongchen Liu
  • Xinlao Wei
Original Paper


Y3−xCe x Fe5 O 12 (CeYIG) ceramics, with x = 0, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, and 0.5, were fabricated by a conventional ceramic sintering technique. We studied the structures and magnetic fields of a series of CeYIG ceramics using X-ray powder diffraction, a scanning electron microscope, and a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. Findings showed that the substitution limit of the concentration of Ce3+ ions in the yttrium iron garnet structure was approximately x = 0.25. An extra CeO2 phase was detected in the ceramic when the addition of CeO2 content overtook the limit. The lattice constants and relative densities increased by increasing the Ce3+ contents in the ceramics. First, the saturation magnetization increased gradually with increases in the substitute concentration of Ce3+ ions and then decreased gradually when x = 0.35, 0.45, and 0.5. Overall, this study showed that the Y3−xCe x Fe5 O 12 material with x ≤ 0.15 exhibited excellent magnetic properties. Hence, the material show promise for magneto-optical and microwave communication applications.


Yttrium iron garnet Magnetic material. Conventional sintering technique X-ray powder diffraction 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51307036 and No. 51677044).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Engineering Dielectrics and Its Application, Ministry of EducationHarbin University of Science and TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.College of Applied SciencesHarbin University of Science and TechnologyHarbinChina
  3. 3.School of Electrical Engineering and AutomationHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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