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Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Apr 27;108(17):176601. Epub 2012 Apr 23.

Spin pumping with coherent elastic waves.

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Walther-Mei├čner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching, Germany.


We show that the resonant coupling of phonons and magnons can be exploited to generate spin currents at room temperature. Surface acoustic wave pulses with a frequency of 1.55 GHz and duration of 300 ns provide coherent elastic waves in a ferromagnetic thin-film-normal-metal (Co/Pt) bilayer. We use the inverse spin Hall voltage in the Pt as a measure for the spin current and record its evolution as a function of time and external magnetic field magnitude and orientation. Our experiments show that a spin current is generated in the exclusive presence of a resonant elastic excitation. This establishes acoustic spin pumping as a resonant analogue to the spin Seebeck effect.

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