Linear phase tuning of spin torque oscillators using in-plane microwave fields

Tui Zeng, Yan Zhou, Johan Åkerman, P. T. Lai, Philip W.T. Pong

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We demonstrate numerically and analytically that a nano-pillar spin torque oscillator (STO), operating either with in-plane or out-of-plane free-layer precession, locks to a microwave field (Hac) having the same frequency as the STO. By varying the spatial direction of the microwave field, we further show the preferred phase shift (ΔΦ0) between the STO and Hac can be tuned in a linear fashion. We explain this phenomenon by using a magnetic-energy-based analysis. Our results provide a way to synchronize serially connected STOs by tuning the phase shift of each individual STO with external microwave field, which may enhance the locking efficiency, the locking range, and the output power of the serially connected STOs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2276665
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Locking frequency
  • Microwave field
  • Phase lock
  • Spin torque oscillator


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