Gedanken (or thought) experiments are often followed by practical demonstrations of underlying physics. Once laboratory experiments establish the physics, we could witness the emergence of a new technology. In parallel, as existing technologies mature, there is a rebirth of established ideas with the possibility of new applications. This chapter attempts to describe a few areas of current research in spin-waves, where the fate of novel physics and emerging technology are closely intertwined. For example, the advent of submicron lithographic techniques has given rise to nano-contact spin-wave generation structures using current-driven spin-transfer torques. Also, an improved understanding of spin-wave excitations helps describe noise in patterned nano-structures, and new techniques such as the Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) make it possible to probe the modes of patterned structures. Finally, the properties of backward spin-waves make it possible to observe the long-predicted inverse Doppler effect. Since these are all “hot topics,” we cannot do full justice to them or cover all the frontier areas of research. However, in this chapter, we shall attempt to provide self-contained descriptions of a few topics while referring the reader to recently published literature for a more complete account of the theoretical and technological nuances.
KeywordsDoppler Shift Spin Wave Volume Wave Spin Current Microstrip Antenna
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