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Balashov, T., Tak√°cs, A. F., Wulfhekel, W., Kirschner, J.

Magnon excitation with spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy
Physical Review Letters 97, (18),pp 187201/1-4 (2006)
Using spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, the local excitation of magnons in Fe and Co has been studied. A large cross section for magnon excitation was found for bulk Fe samples while for thin Co films on Cu(111) the cross section linearly scales with film thickness. Recording inelastic tunneling spectra with Fe coated W tips in a magnetic field, the magnonic nature of the excitation was proven. Magnon excitation could be detected without the use of a separating insulating layer opening up the possibility to directly study magnons in magnetic nanostructures via spin-polarized currents.