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Edge localization of spin waves in antidot multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Research Area: Magnonics Year: 2020
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: magnonics, magnonic crystals, edge modes
Journal: Physical Review B Volume: 101
Pages: 014403
We study the spin-wave dynamics in nanoscale antidot lattices based on Co/Pd multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Using time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements we demonstrate that the variation of the antidot shape introduces significant change in the spin-wave spectra, especially in the lower frequency range. By employing micromagnetic simulations we show that additional peaks observed in the measured spectra are related to narrow shell regions around the antidots, where in-plane domain structures are formed. This is because the magnetic anisotropy in these regions is reduced due to the Ga+ ion irradiation during the focused ion beam milling process of the antidot fabrication. The results point at possibilities for exploitation of localized spin waves in out-of-plane magnetized thin films, which are easily tunable and suitable for magnonic applications.
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