Thermally assisted spin-transfer torque dynamics in energy space

D. Pinna, A. D. Kent, D. L. Stein

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    We consider the general Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert theory underlying the magnetization dynamics of a macrospin magnet subject to spin-torque effects and thermal fluctuations. Thermally activated dynamical properties are analyzed by averaging the full magnetization equations over constant-energy orbits. After averaging, all the relevant dynamical scenarios are a function of the ratio between hard and easy axis anisotropies. We derive analytically the range of currents for which limit cycles exist and discuss the regimes in which the constant energy orbit averaging technique is applicable.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number104405
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - Sep 9 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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