Lock-in thermographic study of spin-wave propagation in magnonic crystals

Ryo Iguchi, Vitaliy I. Vasyuchka, Burkard Hillebrands, Ken Ichi Uchida

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We have investigated the spin-wave dynamics in a one-dimensional magnonic crystal (MC) with respect to the heat radiation due to the damping of the spin waves. The spin waves were excited by applying microwaves via a wire antenna. The heat induced by the excitation and propagation of spin waves was measured using the lock-in thermography (LIT) technique by periodically modulating the microwave power. The LIT measurements resolved the heat source distributions inside the MC, which is made of an yttrium iron garnet film and periodic grooves with a sub-mm interval, in the backward volume wave geometry. The temperature distribution induced by the spin-wave excitation notably depends on the frequency or wave number of the spin waves, as a result of the formation of rejection bands in the MC. The observed temperature modulation profiles are complicated, but their behavior is consistent with a calculation based on the microwave transmission line approximation of the MCs, demonstrating the applicability of the LIT measurements to the investigation of the spin-wave dynamics in sub-mm scale MCs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number233901
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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