Resonant nonlinear damping of quantized spin waves in ferromagnetic nanowires: a spin torque ferromagnetic resonance study

Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Oct 16;103(16):167601. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.167601. Epub 2009 Oct 15.


We use spin torque ferromagnetic resonance to measure the spectral properties of dipole-exchange spin waves in Permalloy nanowires. Our measurements reveal that geometric confinement has a profound effect on the damping of spin waves in the nanowire geometry. The damping parameter of the lowest-energy quantized spin-wave mode depends on applied magnetic field in a resonant way and exhibits a maximum at a field that increases with decreasing nanowire width. This enhancement of damping originates from a nonlinear resonant three-magnon confluence process allowed at a particular bias field value determined by quantization of the spin-wave spectrum in the nanowire geometry.