Through numerical diagonalization of the spin equations of motion linearized about
a non-uniformly magnetized state, we have found the spinwave spectrum for finite
circular systems containing a single vortex at the center. The spectrum shows
some important dynamical properties of individual magnetic vortices. The most significant
feature is the presence of a particular mode [mode (a) in the Figures] whose frequency
comes close to zero near , and whose **rms** radius comes close to one lattice
constant at the same time. For just below , such a localized mode
has a time-dependent spin structure with radial dependence of its amplitude very similar
to the * static* out-of-plane vortex structure present for just * above*
. This is suggested by comparing the mode (a) in Fig. 8 and the
lowest curve () in Fig. 1. Thus, this mode is the precursor
to the instability of an in-plane vortex to become an out-of-plane vortex. This
idea is further supported by the fact that the **rms** radius of mode (a) becomes
comparable to the ``vortex core'' radius of an out-of-plane vortex for ,
defined by, [8]

On the other hand, for far below , mode (a) bears a lot of
similarity to the lowest mode when there is * no* vortex present. This can be
seen by comparing Fig. 7a and Fig. 10a. However, in the
absence of the vortex, this lowest mode undergoes no substantial changes as
is increased, even through .

- Effect of Vortex Instability
- Complete Wavefunction Phase and Magnitude
- The Broken Symmetry
- Finite Size and Boundary Effects
- Final Comments

Mon Sep 11 12:02:10 CDT 1995