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Title: Dynamic decay of a single vortex into vortex-antivortex pairs

A variety of metastable states, including vortices, antivortices, and their combinations, is typical for magnetically soft, thin films and patterned structures. The physics of individual spin vortices in patterned structures has been rather extensively explored. In contrast, there are few studies of the vortex–antivortex–vortex (v-av-v) system, in part because the configuration is rather challenging to obtain experimentally. We demonstrate herein how a recently proposed resonant-spin-ordering technique can be used to induce the dynamic decay of a single vortex into v-av states in elongated elements. The approach is based on first driving the system from the linear regime of constant vortex gyrations to the non-linear regime of vortex-core reversals at a fixed excitation frequency, and then subsequently reducing the excitation field back to the linear regime. This procedure stabilizes the system into a v-av-v state that is completely decoupled from the initialization excitation frequency. The newly acquired state is stable in remanence. The dynamic response of this system is expected to demonstrate a number of collective modes, depending on the combination of the vortex core polarities, and/or the excitation field direction, and, hence, is of interest for future studies.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ; ; ;  [1] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [4]
  1. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
  2. (Spain)
  3. Universidad Barcelona, Departamento Fisica Fonamental, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)
  4. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273865
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 17; Conference: 55. annual conference on magnetism and magnetic materials, Atlanta, GA (United States), 14-18 Nov 2010; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; EXCITATION; MAGNETIC MATERIALS; MAGNETISM; METASTABLE STATES; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; SPIN; THIN FILMS; VORTICES