A novel type of spin-torque nano-oscillators driven by pure spin current generated via the spin Hall effect has been demonstrated recently. The study of the effects of external microwave signals on these Spin Hall oscillators (SHO) is reported. It is shown that SHO can be efficiently synchronized by applying a microwave signal at approximately twice the frequency of the auto-oscillation, which opens additional possibilities for the development of novel spintronic devices. It is found that the synchronization exhibits an apparent threshold determined by magnetic fluctuations pumped above their thermal level by the spin current, and is significantly influenced by the nonlinear self-localized nature of the auto-oscillatory mode.
April 11, 2014
10:30AM, Bldg 217, Rm H107
Robert McMichael, 301-975-5121
Department of Physics
Created April 11, 2014, Updated May 13, 2016