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Mutual synchronization of spin Hall oscillators: recent advances and perspectives (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Ahmad Awad; Mohammad Zahedinejad; Philipp Dürrenfeld; Afshin Houshang; Mykola Dvornik; Ezio Iacocca; Randy Dumas; Johan Åkerman
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Paper Abstract

Spin Hall nano-oscillator (SHNO) [1] devices hold great promise as extremely compact, broad-band, and versatile microwave oscillators and have unique opportunities for magnonic devices. SHNOs exhibit a strong nonlinearity, which increases their phase noise, but at the same time, strengthens their propensity for injection locking [2] to external sources, and ultimately the possibility of mutual synchronization. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of the mutual synchronization of nano-constriction SHNOs [3] and the recent progress in the mutual synchronization of such devices. The mutual synchronization is observed both as a strong increase in the power and coherence of the electrically measured microwave signal. The mutual synchronization is also optically probed using scanning micro-focused Brillouin light scattering microscopy (µ-BLS), providing the first direct imaging of synchronized nano-magnetic oscillators. By tailoring the connection region between the nano-constrictions, we have been able to synchronize SHNOs separated by up to 4 micrometers, and we have demonstrated mutual synchronization of as many as nine SHNOs; we will show as well the ability to synchronize a much larger number of such devices 100 NC-SHNOs so far. We will discuss as will the perspectives of our results on mutual synchronization of SHNOs, and how it opens up a direct route for the design of very large SHNO based oscillator networks and pave the way for many research and application opportunities where coherent phase locking is needed, in particular, energy efficient spin wave computing on the nanoscale as spintronic “neuromorphic computing”. [1] V. E. Demidov, et al., Nature Mater. 11, 1028 (2012) V. E. Demidov, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 172410 (2014). [2] V. E. Demidov, et al., Nat. Commun. 5, 3179 (2014). [3] A. A. Awad, et al., Nat. Phys. 13, 292–299, (2017).

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10732, Spintronics XI, 107322C (18 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321321
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Ahmad Awad, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Mohammad Zahedinejad, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Philipp Dürrenfeld, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Afshin Houshang, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Mykola Dvornik, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Ezio Iacocca, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Randy Dumas, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
Johan Åkerman, Göteborgs Univ. (Sweden)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10732:
Spintronics XI
Henri-Jean Drouhin; Jean-Eric Wegrowe; Manijeh Razeghi; Henri Jaffrès, Editor(s)

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