Injection locking of the gyrotropic vortex motion in a nanopillar

  • Lehndorff R
  • Bürgler D
  • Schneider C
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Spin-torque oscillators STOs are a promising application for the spin-transfer torque effect. The major challenge lies in pushing the STO’s microwave output power to useful levels, e.g., by operating an array of STOs in a synchronized, phase-locked mode. Our experiment on metallic, giant magnetoresistance-type nanopillars focuses on the influence of external high-frequency signals on the current-driven vortex dynamics and demonstrates the injection locking of the gyrotropic mode.We find a gap of about three orders of magnitude between the high-frequency power emitted by one oscillator and the power needed for phase-locking.

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