Spin-Wave-Mode Coexistence on the Nanoscale: A Consequence of the Oersted-Field-Induced Asymmetric Energy Landscape

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  • Randy K. Dumas
  • Ezio Iacocca
  • Stefano Bonetti
  • Sohrab R. Sani
  • Seyed Majid Mohseni
  • Anders Eklund
  • Johan Persson
  • Olle Heinonen
  • Johan Åkerman

External departments

  • University of Gothenburg
  • Stanford University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Northwestern University
  • NanOsc Instruments AB


Original languageEnglish
Article number257202
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes
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It has been argued that if multiple spin wave modes are competing for the same centrally located energy source, as in a nanocontact spin torque oscillator, that only one mode should survive in the steady state. Here, the experimental conditions necessary for mode coexistence are explored. Mode coexistence is facilitated by the local field asymmetries induced by the spatially inhomogeneous Oersted field, which leads to a physical separation of the modes, and is further promoted by spin wave localization at reduced applied field angles. Finally, both simulation and experiment reveal a low frequency signal consistent with the intermodulation of two coexistent modes.

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