Dr. Kilian Lenz
Research Group Head
Magnetization Dynamics
Phone: +49 351 260 2435
Fax: +49 351 260 12435

Spin Wave Excitations in Periodic Nanostructures: Transition from Periodical Perturbations to Magnonic Crystals

funded by DFG: LE 2443/5-1



  • Prof. Dr. Pedro Landeros (UTFSM Valparaíso, Chile)
  • Rodolfo A. Gallardo (UTFSM Valparaíso, Chile)
  • AG Farle (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • AG Demokritov (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)


The main objective of the project is to investigate the spin wave dynamics in the transition regime from a flat film with periodical nanostructures on top towards a full 1D or 2D magnonic crystal. This regime exhibits the beginning of the mode splitting due to the two-magnon interaction, which in magnonic crystals finally lead to the opening of band gaps. Compared to studies on full magnonic crystals no attention has been paid to this important transition regime so far.

Experimental techniques like broadband ferromagnetic resonance, time-resolved magnetooptical Kerr effect as well as Brillouin light scattering will be employed to study the magnon excitations in those nanostructures. In close collaboration with the theory group of Prof. P. Landeros (UTFSM Chile) already existing analytical theory will be applied and further developed to match and explain the experimental findings, e.g. descriptions and meaning of the individual modes, understanding of the development of the avoided band crossing, as well as insight into enhanced damping effects in such structures.



  • Splitting of spin-wave modes in thin films with arrays of periodic perturbations: theory and experiment
    R. A. Gallardo, K. Lenz, A. Banholzer, M. Körner, J. Lindner, J. Fassbender, and P. Landeros
    J. Phys.: Condens. Matter., in print (2014)
  • Frequency dependence of spin relaxation in periodic systems
    I. Barsukov, F. M. Römer, R. Meckenstock, K. Lenz, J. Lindner, S. Hemken to Krax, A. Banholzer, M. Körner, J. Grebing, J. Fassbender, and M. Farle
    Phys. Rev B. 84, 140410(R) (2011)