We have investigated the propagation of surface spin waves in a Permalloy thin film excited by an asymmetric coplanar antenna. A surprising oscillatory behavior superimposed on the exponential decay is observed in the spin wave intensity mapped with the micro-Brillouin light scattering technique. The oscillations can be modeled as the interference between a propagating spin wave and a background magnetization with spatially uniform phase. We use a simple closed-form equation that includes both contributions to fit our experimental results. From the fit results, we extract the spin wave propagation length and the spin wave vector in a frequency range limited by the antenna bandwidth.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)