Direct Imaging of the ac Component of Pumped Spin Polarization with Element Specificity

S. Pile, M. Buchner, V. Ney, T. Schaffers, J. Lumetzberger, K. Lenz, R. Narkowicz, J. Lindner, H. Ohldag, A. Ney

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Spin pumping in a ferromagnet-nonferromagnet heterostructure is directly imaged with spatial resolution as well as element selectivity. The time-resolved detection in scanning transmission x-ray microscopy allows us to directly probe the spatial extent of the ac spin polarization in Co-doped ZnO, which is generated by spin pumping from an adjacent permalloy microstrip. Comparing the relative phases of the dynamic magnetization component of the two constituents is possible and found to be close to antiphase. The correlation between the distribution of the magnetic excitation in the permalloy and the Co-doped ZnO reveals that laterally there is no one-to-one correlation. The observed distribution is rather complex, but integrating over larger areas demonstrates that the spin polarization in the nonferromagnet extends laterally beyond the region of the ferromagnetic microstrip. Therefore, the observations are better explained by a local spin pumping efficiency and a lateral propagation of the ac spin polarization in the nonferromagnet over the range of a few micrometers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number034005
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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