Phase resolved observation of spin wave modes in antidot lattices

Felix Groß, Mateusz Zelent, Ajay Gangwar, Sławomir Mamica, Paweł Gruszecki, Matthias Werner, Gisela Schütz, Markus Weigand, Eberhard J. Goering, Christian H. Back, Maciej Krawczyk, Joachim Gräfe

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Antidot lattices have proven to be a powerful tool for spin wave band structure manipulation. Utilizing time-resolved scanning transmission x-ray microscopy, we are able to experimentally image edge-localized spin wave modes in an antidot lattice with a lateral confinement down to. At higher frequencies, spin wave dragonfly patterns formed by the demagnetizing structures of the antidot lattice are excited. Evaluating their relative phase with respect to the propagating mode within the antidot channel reveals that the dragonfly modes are not directly excited by the antenna but need the propagating mode as an energy mediator. Furthermore, micromagnetic simulations reveal that additional dispersion branches exist for a tilted external field geometry. These branches correspond to asymmetric spin wave modes that cannot be excited in a non-tilted field geometry due to the symmetry restriction. In addition to the band having a negative slope, these asymmetric modes also cause an unexpected transformation of the band structure, slightly reaching into the otherwise empty bandgap between the low frequency edge modes and the fundamental mode. The presented phase resolved investigation of spin waves is a crucial step for spin wave manipulation in magnonic crystals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number232403
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2021


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