Probing length-scale separation of thermal and spin currents by nanostructuring YIG

Asuka Miura, Takashi Kikkawa, Ryo Iguchi, Ken Ichi Uchida, Eiji Saitoh, Junichiro Shiomi

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We have fabricated bulk nanostructured ferrimagnetic materials with different grain sizes by sintering ball-milled Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) nanoparticles and measured the grain-size dependence of the thermal conductivity and spin Seebeck thermopower. The nanostructuring reduces both thermal conductivity and thermopower, but the reduction of the latter was found to be considerably stronger despite the moderate difference in magnetization, which suggests that the length scales of transport of magnons and phonons contributing to the spin Seebeck effect are significantly larger than that of phonons carrying thermal current. This is consistent with the measurements of high-magnetic-field response of the spin Seebeck thermopower and low-temperature thermal conductivity, where the quenching of magnons seen in single-crystalline YIG was not observed in nanostructured YIG due to scattering of long-range low frequency magnons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014601
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 19


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