Ricketts Receives Research Award for CAREER: Spin-Torque Oscillator Arrays from NSF

July 18, 2013

Dr. David Ricketts 
Dr. David Ricketts

Dr. David Ricketts, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded $326,316 by the National Science Foundation for research on CAREER: Spin-Torque Oscillator Arrays.

The award will run from December 23rd, 2012 to December 31st, 2015.

Research Abstract:

This research investigates magnetostatic spin-wave generation, propagation, interaction and absorption in multi-layer Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and Tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) spin-torque oscillator (STO) arrays. With the recent demonstration of spin-torque transfer and self-sustained oscillators, a new class of oscillator has emerged with extreme tunability and potential for excellent RF performance. Recent results have shown, however, that the potential of these new devices is limited by the large phase noise of individual devices due to the small amount of energy stored in a single device. A potential solution is the phase-locking of many STOs in a large array. This research focuses on the fundamental science of STO-STO interaction in multi-device arrays with the goal of laying the foundation for controllable, scalable arrays of STO oscillators. Specifically, this research proposal focuses on three tasks investigating fundamental science of spin-wave STO interaction: 1) Study of magnetostatic surface wave dynamics on multi-layer STO stacks, 2) Study of magnetostatic surface wave stimulated emission by an STO, and 3) Spatial dependence and scaling of STO-STO interactions.