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Direct observation of magnetization dynamics generated by nanocontact spin-torque vortex oscillators
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics. Uppsala University, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 2469-9950, Vol. 94, no 6, 060402Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Time-resolved scanning Kerr microscopy has been used to directly image the magnetization dynamics of nanocontact (NC) spin-torque vortex oscillators (STVOs) when phase locked to an injected microwave (rf) current. The Kerr images reveal free-layer magnetization dynamics that extend outside the NC footprint, where they cannot be detected electrically, but which are crucial to phase-lock STVOs that share common magnetic layers. For a single NC, dynamics were observed not only when the STVO frequency was fully locked to that of the rf current, but also for a partially locked state characterized by periodic changes in the core trajectory at the rf frequency. For a pair of NCs, we explore the correlation between the spatial character of injection-locked dynamics and the free-running spectra. Insight gained from these images may improve understanding of the conditions required for mutual phase locking of multiple STVOs, and hence enhanced microwave power emission.

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American Physical Society , 2016. Vol. 94, no 6, 060402
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Nano-Oscillators, Phase-Locking, Excitation, Driven
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192399DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.060402ISI: 000380950000001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982994182OAI: diva2:970734
Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

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