Formation of the band spectrum of spin waves in 1D magnonic crystals with different types of interfacial boundary conditions
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
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We report a theoretical study of the spin-wave band spectrum of magnonic crystals formed by stacking thin-film magnetic layers, with general assumptions about the properties of the interfaces between the layers. The use of the Barnaś–Mills magnetization boundary conditions has enabled us to systematically trace the origin of the magnonic band gaps in the spin-wave spectrum of such systems. We find that the band gaps are a ubiquitous attribute of a weakened interlayer coupling and a finite interface anisotropy (pinning). The band gaps in such systems represent a legacy of the discrete spin-wave spectrum of the individual magnetic layers periodically stacked to form the magnonic crystal rather than resulting from Bragg scattering. At the same time, magnonic crystals with band gaps due to the Bragg scattering can be described by natural boundary conditions (i.e. those maintaining continuity of the magnetization direction across the whole sample). We generalize our conclusions to systems beyond thin-film magnonic crystals and propose magnonic crystals based on the ideas of graded-index magnonics and those formed by Fano resonances as a possible way to circumvent the discovered issues.
This research has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 644348 (MagIC) and from Ukrainian State Fund for Fundamental Research under project No. F71/73-2016 ('Multifunctional Photonic Structures').
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from IOP Publishing via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 50 (9), article 094003