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Direct observation of magnon-phonon coupling in yttrium iron garnet

  • Author(s): Man, H
  • Shi, Z
  • Xu, G
  • Xu, Y
  • Chen, X
  • Sullivan, S
  • Zhou, J
  • Xia, K
  • Shi, J
  • Dai, P
  • et al.

© 2017 American Physical Society. us. The magnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) with a ferrimagnetic transition temperature of ∼560 K has been widely used in microwave and spintronic devices. Anomalous features in spin Seeback effect (SSE) voltages have been observed in Pt/YIG and attributed to magnon-phonon coupling. Here, we use inelastic neutron scattering to map out low-energy spin waves and acoustic phonons of YIG at 100 K as a function of increasing magnetic field. By comparing the zero and 9.1 T data, we find that instead of splitting and opening up gaps at the spin wave and acoustic phonon dispersion intersecting points, magnon-phonon coupling in YIG enhances the hybridized scattering intensity. These results are different from expectations of conventional spin-lattice coupling, calling for different paradigms to understand the scattering process of magnon-phonon interactions and the resulting magnon polarons.

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