Spin waves on chains of YIG particles: dispersion relations, Faraday rotation, and power transmission

  • Nicholas A. Pike
  • David Stroud
Regular Article


We calculate the dispersion relations for spin waves on a periodic chain of spherical or cylindrical Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) particles. We use the quasistatic approximation, appropriate when kd ≪ 1, where k is the wave number and d the interparticle spacing. In this regime, because of the magnetic dipole-dipole interaction between the localized magnetic excitations on neighboring particles, dispersive spin waves can propagate along the chain. The waves are analogous to plasmonic waves generated by electric dipole-dipole interactions between plasmons on neighboring metallic particles. The spin waves can be longitudinal (L), transverse (T), or elliptically polarized. We find that a linearly polarized spin wave undergoes a Faraday rotation as it propagates along the chain. The amount of Faraday rotation can be tuned by varying the off-diagonal component of the permeability tensor. We also discuss the possibility of wireless power transmission along the chain using these coupled spin waves.


Mesoscopic and Nanoscale Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of LiegeLiegeBelgium

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