Polarization selective magnetic vortex dynamics and core reversal in rotating magnetic fields

Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Nov 7;101(19):197204. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.197204. Epub 2008 Nov 3.


We report on the observation of magnetic vortex dynamics in response to rotating magnetic fields in submicron platelets. Unlike linear fields or spin polarized currents, which excite both vortex core polarization states, an in-plane rotating field can selectively excite one of the polarization states. We demonstrate by direct imaging with time-resolved scanning x-ray microscopy that the rotating field only excites the gyrotropic mode if the rotation sense of the field coincides with the vortex gyration sense and that such a field can selectively reverse the vortex polarization.