Spin wave excitations in exchange biased IrMn/CoFe bilayers

Sarah Jenkins*, Roy W. Chantrell, Richard F.L. Evans

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Using an atomistic spin model, we have simulated spin wave injection and propagation into antiferromagnetic IrMn from an exchange coupled CoFe layer. The spectral characteristics of the exited spin waves have a complex beating behavior arising from the non-collinear nature of the antiferromagnetic order. We find that the frequency response of the system depends strongly on the strength and frequency of oscillating field excitations. We also find that the strength of excited spin waves strongly decays away from the interfacial layer with a frequency dependent attenuation. Our findings suggest that spin waves generated by coupled ferromagnets are too weak to reverse IrMn in their entirety even with resonant excitation of a coupled ferromagnet. However, efficient spin wave injection into the antiferromagnet is possible due to the non-collinear nature of the IrMn spin ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033903
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number3
Early online date15 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2020

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