Spin torque oscillators with nanoscale electrical contacts(1-4) are able to produce coherent spin waves in extended magnetic films, and offer an attractive combination of electrical and magnetic field control, broadband operation(5,6), fast spin-wave frequency modulation(7-9), and the possibility of synchronizing multiple spin-wave injection sites(10,11). However, many potential applications rely on propagating (as opposed to localized) spin waves, and direct evidence for propagation has been lacking. Here, we directly observe a propagating spin wave launched from a spin torque oscillator with a nanoscale electrical contact into an extended Permalloy (nickel iron) film through the spin transfer torque effect. The data, obtained by wave-vector-resolved micro-focused Brillouin light scattering, show that spin waves with tunable frequencies can propagate for several micrometres. Micromagnetic simulations provide the theoretical support to quantitatively reproduce the results.
|Titolo:||Direct observation of a propagating spin wave induced by spin-transfer torque|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |