Propagating two-dimensional magnetic droplets

Mark Hoefer, Matteo Sommacal

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Propagating, solitary magnetic wave solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz equation with uniaxial, easy-axis anisotropy in thin (two-dimensional) magnetic films are investigated. These localized, nontopological wave structures, parametrized by their precessional frequency and propagation speed, extend the stationary, coherently precessing "magnon droplet" to the moving frame, a non-trivial generalization due to the lack of Galilean invariance. Propagating droplets move on a spin wave background with a nonlinear droplet dispersion relation that yields a limited range of allowable droplet speeds and frequencies. An iterative numerical technique is used to compute the propagating droplet's structure and properties. The results agree with previous asymptotic calculations in the weakly nonlinear regime. Furthermore, an analytical criterion for the droplet's orbital stability is confirmed. Time-dependent numerical simulations further verify the propagating droplet's robustness to perturbation when its frequency and speed lie within the allowable range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-901
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


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