Feb 20 – 25, 2017
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Canada/Mountain timezone

The quantum limit of interacting magnetic waves

Feb 23, 2017, 9:06 AM
Mount Temple A (Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise)

Mount Temple A

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise, AB, CANADA
Invited Talk


Michael Flatté (University of Iowa)


The dynamic response of magnetic materials lacks time-reversal symmetry and can often be described through the propagation and evolution of waves of magnetic orientation, or spin waves. These spin waves, or magnons when quantized, can move without electric charge motion, yet spin-orbit interactions allow the spin waves to couple, sometimes very strongly, both to voltages and to illumination.  I will describe progress over the last several years in calculating and understanding, in collaboration with experimentalists, the coupling of magnons to microwave[1,2] and optical photons[3] as well as the manipulation of spin-wave propagation with a voltage[4]. In analogy with optomechanics, two photons will interact, within a cavity containing a ferrite, with a magnon mode to coherently modify the spontaneous emission rate, to exhibit electromagnetically-induced transparency and even to reach the strongly-coupled quantum regime[3]. Patterned magnetic media can also amplify voltage-dependent effects to produce voltage-tunable oscillators or filters[5].

Recently we have predicted a new effect called nonlocal magnon drag, whereby a flow of magnons in one sheet will drag magnons in a neighboring, disconnected sheet[6]. The presence of the magnetization in the two sheets introduces a twist in the drag, producing a transverse spin current. As a final example, we predict that quantum-coherent spin centers can sense the magnetic susceptibility of nearby materials, distinct from the magnetization of the material itself, and so this provides a potential method of detecting superconductors or magnetic dead layers without applied magnetic fields[7].

Work supported in part by ONR, AFOSR, DARPA, and NSF.

\noindent [1] Ö. O. Soykal and M. E. Flatté, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 077202 (2010).

\noindent [2] Ö. O. Soykal and M. E. Flatté, Phys. Rev. B 82, 104413 (2010).

\noindent [3] T. Liu, X. Zhang, H. X. Tang, and M. E. Flatté, Phys. Rev. B 94, 060405(R) (2016).

\noindent [4] X. Zhang, T. Liu, M. E. Flatté and H. X. Tang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 037202 (2014).

\noindent [5] G. Sietsema and M. E. Flatté, submitted.

\noindent [6] T. Liu, G. Vignale and M. E. Flatté, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 237202 (2016).

\noindent [7] J. van Bree and M. E. Flatté, Phys. Rev. Lett. in press.

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Michael Flatté (University of Iowa)

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