Parametric excitation in a magnetic tunnel junction-based spin torque oscillator

Philipp Durrenfeld, Ezio Iacocca, Johan Akerman, Pranaba K. Muduli

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Using microwave current injection at room temperature, we demonstrate parametric excitation of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ)-based spin-torque oscillator (STO). Parametric excitation is observed for currents below the auto-oscillation threshold, when the microwave current frequency fe is twice the STO free-running frequency f0. Above threshold, the MTJ becomes parametrically synchronized. In the synchronized state, the STO exhibits an integrated power up to 5 times higher and a linewidth reduction of two orders of magnitude, compared to free-running conditions. We also show that the parametric synchronization favors single mode oscillations in the case of multimode excitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052410
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


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