Optimal control of vortex core polarity by resonant microwave pulses

Abstract : In a vortex-state magnetic nano-disk, the static magnetization is curling in the plane, except in the core region where it is pointing out-of-plane, either up or down leading to two possible stable states of opposite core polarity p. Dynamical reversal of p by large amplitude motion of the vortex core has recently been demonstrated experimentally,raising fundamental interest for potential application in magnetic storage devices. Here we demonstrate coherent control of p by single and double microwave pulse sequences, taking advantage of the resonant vortex dynamics in a perpendicular bias magnetic field. Optimization of the microwave pulse duration required to switch p allows to experimentally infer the characteristic decay time of the vortex core in the large oscillation regime. It is found to be more than twice shorter than in the small oscillation regime, raising the fundamental question of the non-linear behaviour of magnetic dissipation.
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Benjamin Pigeau, G. de Loubens, Klein Olivier, Andreas Riegler, Florian Lochner, et al.. Optimal control of vortex core polarity by resonant microwave pulses. Nature Physics, Nature Publishing Group, 2011, 7, pp.26-31. ⟨10.1038/nphys1810⟩. ⟨hal-00610646⟩

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