By using a double-pulse excitation scheme, we demonstrate the optical control of higher-order spin waves in a ferromagnetic permalloy thin film. Three spin precession modes are observed in the film under single pulse excitation. Based on a theoretical calculation, these spin precession modes are assigned to the fundamental Kittel mode and the first- and second-order perpendicular standing spin-wave (PSSW) modes. In order to excite the first-order PSSW mode selectively, we use double-pulse excitation at 400 nm. We show that, by choosing an appropriate time interval between the two pump pulses, it is possible to obtain a relatively large amplitude of the first-order PSSW mode while the amplitudes of the other two modes are almost completely suppressed. By analyzing the spin dynamics, it is found that the spin precession motion under the double-pulse excitation condition can be explained by the interference between the spin waves that have been induced by the first and second pulses. Our finding indicates that the selective excitation of a spin precession mode with a high precession frequency in a ferromagnetic metal may be realized by a multiple-pump pulse excitation scheme with more than two pulses.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)