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Title: Large spin-wave bullet in a ferrimagnetic insulator driven by spin Hall effect.

Due to its transverse nature, spin Hall effects (SHE) provide the possibility to excite and detect spin currents and magnetization dynamics even in magnetic insulators. Magnetic insulators are outstanding materials for the investigation of nonlinear phenomena and for novel low power spintronics applications because of their extremely low Gilbert damping. Here, we report on the direct imaging of electrically driven spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance (ST-FMR) in the ferrimagnetic insulator Y3Fe5O12 based on the excitation and detection by SHEs. The driven spin dynamics in Y3Fe5O12 is directly imaged by spatially-resolved microfocused Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. Previously, ST-FMR experiments assumed a uniform precession across the sample, which is not valid in our measurements. A strong spin-wave localization in the center of the sample is observed indicating the formation of a nonlinear, self-localized spin-wave `bullet'.
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
U.S. Army Research Laboratory - U.S. Army Research Office (ARO); USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States