Applied Physics A

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 73–82 | Cite as

Brillouin scattering study of multilayer cobalt-niobium films

  • G. Rupp
  • W. Wettling
  • W. Jantz
  • R. Krishnan
Contributed Papers


Spin waves which are characteristic of periodic structures of thin ferromagnetic Co films alternating with nonmagnetic Nb films have been investigated by means of Brillouin light scattering. The dependence of the magnon frequencies on the magnetic inplane field and on the wave-vector was measured for several samples with different numbers and thicknesses of the layers. The experimental data are in good agreement with a theory of magnetostatic surface spin waves in such media elaborated by Grünberg and Mika. The amplitudes of the transverse magnetization in the different layers of the stack have been calculated. The highest frequency branch resembles the Damon-Eshbach surface magnon. With decreasing frequency the branches acquire volume mode character. In addition, a number of phonon branches has been observed which are interpreted as plate modes of the combined Co-Nb layer on the Si substrate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Rupp
    • 1
  • W. Wettling
    • 1
  • W. Jantz
    • 1
  • R. Krishnan
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte FestkörperphysikFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.CNRS Laboratoire de MagnetismeMeudonFrance

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