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Theory of Magnetodynamics Induced by Spin Torque in Perpendicularly Magnetized Thin Films



Mark Hoefer, Mark J. Ablowitz, Boaz Ilan, Matthew Pufall, Thomas J. Silva


A nonlinear model of spin-wave excitation using a point contact in a thin ferromagnetic film is introduced. Large-amplitude magnetic solitary waves are computed, which help explain recent spin-torque experiments. Numerical simulations of the fully nonlinear model predict excitation frequencies in excess of 0.2 THz for contact diameters smaller than 6 nm. Simulations also preduct a saturation and redshift of the frequency at currents large enough to invert the magnetization under the point contact. The theory is approximated by a cubic complex Ginzburg-Landau type equation. The mode's nonlinear frequency shift is found by use of perturbation techniques, whose results agree with those of direct numerical simulations.
Physical Review Letters


Ginzburg-Landau equation, Landau-Lifshitz equation, magnetic thin film, nonlinear differential equation, perturbation solution, point contact, spin-momentum transfer


Hoefer, M. , Ablowitz, M. , Ilan, B. , Pufall, M. and Silva, T. (2005), Theory of Magnetodynamics Induced by Spin Torque in Perpendicularly Magnetized Thin Films, Physical Review Letters, [online], (Accessed July 23, 2024)


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Created December 30, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021