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Generation of spin currents by surface plasmon resonance

Uchida, Kenichi*; Adachi, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Daisuke*; Ito, Shun*; Qiu, Z.*; Maekawa, Sadamichi; Saito, Eiji

Surface plasmons, free-electron collective oscillations in metallic nanostructures, provide abundant routes to manipulate light; electron interactions that can localize light energy and alter electromagnetic field distributions at subwavelength scales. The research field of plasmonics thus integrates nano-photonics with electronics. In contrast, electronics is also entering a new era of spintronics, where spin currents play a central role in driving devices. However, plasmonics and spin-current physics have so far been developed independently. Here we report the generation of spin currents by surface plasmon resonance. Using Au nanoparticles embedded in Pt/BiY$$_{2}$$Fe$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ bilayer films, we show that, when the Au nanoparticles fulfill the surface-plasmon-resonance conditions, spin currents are generated across the Pt/BiY$$_{2}$$Fe$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ interface.



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