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Resonant thermal energy transfer to magnons in a ferromagnetic nanolayer

Kobecki, Michal; Scherbakov, Alexey V; Linnik, Tetiana L; Kukhtaruk, Serhii M; Gusev, Vitalyi E; Pattnaik, Debi P; Akimov, Ilya A; Rushforth, Andrew W; Akimov, Andrey V; Bayer, Manfred


Michal Kobecki

Alexey V Scherbakov

Tetiana L Linnik

Serhii M Kukhtaruk

Vitalyi E Gusev

Debi P Pattnaik

Ilya A Akimov

Andrey V Akimov

Manfred Bayer


Energy harvesting is a concept which makes dissipated heat useful by transferring thermal energy to other excitations. Most of the existing principles are realized in systems which are heated continuously. We present the concept of high-frequency energy harvesting where the dissipated heat in a sample excites resonant magnons in a thin ferromagnetic metal layer. The sample is excited by femtosecond laser pulses with a repetition rate of 10 GHz which results in temperature modulation at the same frequency with amplitude ~0.1 K. The alternating temperature excites magnons in the ferromagnetic nanolayer which are detected by measuring the net magnetization precession. When the magnon frequency is brought onto resonance with the optical excitation, a 12-fold increase of the amplitude of precession indicates efficient resonant heat transfer from the lattice to coherent magnons. The demonstrated principle may be used for energy harvesting in various nanodevices operating at GHz and sub-THz frequency ranges.


Kobecki, M., Scherbakov, A. V., Linnik, T. L., Kukhtaruk, S. M., Gusev, V. E., Pattnaik, D. P., …Bayer, M. (2020). Resonant thermal energy transfer to magnons in a ferromagnetic nanolayer. Nature Communications, 11(1), Article 4130.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 2, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2020
Publication Date 2020-12
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2020
Journal Nature Communications
Electronic ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Article Number 4130
Keywords General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; General Physics and Astronomy; General Chemistry
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