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Direct observation of magnetization dynamics generated by nanocontact spin-torque vortex oscillators
Univ Exeter, Dept Phys & Astron, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QL, Devon, England..
KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch ICT, Mat & Nano Phys, Electrum 229, SE-16460 Kista, Sweden.;NanOsc AB, Electrum 205, SE-16460 Kista, Sweden..
Univ Exeter, Coll Engn Math & Phys Sci, Exeter EX4 4SB, Devon, England..
Shahid Beheshti Univ, Dept Phys, GC, Tehran 19839, Iran..
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2016 (English)In: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, ISSN 2469-9950, Vol. 94, no 6, 060402Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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2016. Vol. 94, no 6, 060402
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Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303061DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.060402ISI: 000380950000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303061DiVA: diva2:970655
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, UF080837Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2016-09-14 Created: 2016-09-14 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved

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