Dynamics of thin-film spin-flip transistors with perpendicular source-drain magnetizations

Xuhui Wang, Gerrit E.W. Bauer, Axel Hoffmann

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A "spin-flip transistor" is a lateral spin valve consisting of ferromagnetic source-drain contacts to a thin-film normal-metal island with an electrically floating ferromagnetic base contact on top. We analyze the dc-current-driven magnetization dynamics of spin-flip transistors in which the source-drain contacts are magnetized perpendicularly to the device plane by magnetoelectronic circuit theory and the macrospin Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. Spin-flip scattering and spin pumping effects are taken into account. We find a steady-state rotation of the base magnetization at GHz frequencies that is tunable by the source-drain bias. We discuss the advantages of the lateral structure for high-frequency generation and actuation of nanomechanical systems over recently proposed nanopillar structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number054436
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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