Microscopic spin-wave theory for yttrium-iron garnet films
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Frankfurt, Max-von-Laue Strasse 1, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany
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Published online: 11 August 2009
Motivated by recent experiments on thin films of the ferromagnetic insulator yttrium-iron garnet (YIG), we have developed an efficient microscopic approach to calculate the spin-wave spectra of these systems. We model the experimentally relevant magnon band of YIG using an effective quantum Heisenberg model on a cubic lattice with ferromagnetic nearest neighbour exchange and long-range dipole-dipole interactions. After a bosonization of the spin degrees of freedom via a Holstein-Primakoff transformation and a truncation at quadratic order in the bosons, we obtain the spin-wave spectra for experimentally relevant parameters without further approximation by numerical diagonalization, using efficient Ewald summation techniques to carry out the dipolar sums. We compare our numerical results with two different analytic approximations and with predictions based on the phenomenological Landau-Lifshitz equation.
PACS: 75.10.Jm – Quantized spin models / 75.30.Ds – Spin waves / 05.30.Jp – Boson systems
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