In order to design a ferrite absorber that can be used at frequencies of several GHz, the frequency dependences of the relative complex permeability μr
*, the relative complex permittivity s r
*, and return loss were investigated for a composite made of Ni-Zn ferrite and SiO2. When ferrite particles were dispersed and isolated in an SiO2 medium, the frequency dependence of μr
* was different from that for a composite made of SiO2 particles dispersed and isolated in the ferrite medium. Moreover, when ferrite particles were isolated and a suitable mixture ratio of ferrite and SiO2 was selected, the return loss was less than -20 dB at frequencies of several GHz. The dispersion states of ferrite and SiO 2 particles are thus important factors to design an absorber, and improvement in the absorption characteristics of the ferrite tile which is used as a practical absorber could be achieved using a composite made of Ni-Zn ferrite particles dispersed and isolated in an SiO2 medium.