Theory of Condensed Matter: Hard Condensed Matter

Feb. 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Galilei room, 01-128 (Staudinger Weg 9)

Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova
Institut für Physik, SPICE

Rayleigh-Jeans condensation of pumped magnons in thin film ferromagnets
Peter Kopietz (Institut für Theoretische Physik, Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

We show that the formation of a magnon condensate in thin ferromagnetic films can be explained within the framework of a classical stochastic nonMarkovian Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation where the properties of the random magnetic field and the dissipation are determined by the underlying phonon dynamics. We have numerically solved this equation for a tangentially magnetized yttrium-iron garnet film in the presence of a parallel parametric pumping field. We obtain a complete description of all stages the nonequilibrium time evolution of the magnon gas which is in excellent agreement with experiments. Our calculation proves that the experimentally observed condensation of magnons in yttrium-iron garnet at room temperature is a purely classical phenomenon which should be called Rayleigh-Jeans rather than Bose-Einstein condensation.