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A tabletop phase-sensitive spin-torque magnetometry

In a study published in Physical Review Applied, researchers offer a route toward future advanced characterizations of spin-torque oscillators, magnonic circuits and tunneling junctions.

Scientific Achievement

We have achieved optical detection of the spin-precession phase in ferromagnetic resonance, which can be used to determine the spin-orbit torque from heavy metals.

Significance and Impact

This technique allows both spatial- and phase-resolved detection of magnetization dynamics with tabletop optical measurements, which enables the characterization of local spin-orbit coupling in quantum materials and complex circuits for coherent spin-information processing.

Research Details

  • A heterodyne detection of the magneto-optical Kerr signal is used for measuring spin-torque driven ferromagnetic resonance.
  • Phase and spatial resolutions are demonstrated.
  • Extraction of phase delays induced by spin-orbit torque from different heavy metals. Results confirmed by simultaneous electrical detections.

Work was performed in part at the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.034047

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