Reversal of nanomagnets by propagating magnons in ferrimagnetic yttrium iron garnet enabling nonvolatile magnon memory

Korbinian Baumgaertl, Dirk Grundler

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Abstract

Despite the unprecedented downscaling of CMOS integrated circuits, memory-intensive machine learning and artificial intelligence applications are limited by data conversion between memory and processor. There is a challenging quest for novel approaches to overcome this so-called von Neumann bottleneck. Magnons are the quanta of spin waves. Their angular momentum enables power-efficient computation without charge flow. The conversion problem would be solved if spin wave amplitudes could be stored directly in a magnetic memory. Here, we report the reversal of ferromagnetic nanostripes by spin waves which propagate in an underlying spin-wave bus. Thereby, the charge-free angular momentum flow is stored after transmission over a macroscopic distance. We show that the spin waves can reverse large arrays of ferromagnetic stripes at a strikingly small power level. Combined with the already existing wave logic, our discovery is path-breaking for the new era of magnonics-based in-memory computation and beyond von Neumann computer architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1490
JournalNature Communications
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

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