Helimagnon Resonances in an Intrinsic Chiral Magnonic Crystal

Mathias Weiler, Aisha Aqeel, Maxim Mostovoy, Andrey Leonov, Stephan Geprägs, Rudolf Gross, Hans Huebl, Thomas T.M. Palstra, Sebastian T.B. Goennenwein

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We experimentally study magnetic resonances in the helical and conical magnetic phases of the chiral magnetic insulator Cu2OSeO3 at the temperature T=5 K. Using a broadband microwave spectroscopy technique based on vector network analysis, we identify three distinct sets of helimagnon resonances in the frequency range 2 GHz≤f≤20 GHz with low magnetic damping α≤0.003. The extracted resonance frequencies are in accordance with calculations of the helimagnon band structure found in an intrinsic chiral magnonic crystal. The periodic modulation of the equilibrium spin direction that leads to the formation of the magnonic crystal is a direct consequence of the chiral magnetic ordering caused by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The mode coupling in the magnonic crystal allows excitation of helimagnons with wave vectors that are multiples of the spiral wave vector.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237204
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 6 Dec 2017


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