We investigated the spin-torque oscillator in a half-metallic Heusler alloy Co2MnSi (CMS) spin-valve nanopillar using micromagnetic simulations. Although it is known that the out-of-plane precession (OPP) usually has a larger power output than the in-plane precession (IPP), only IPP mode was experimentally observed in CMS. Our simulations revealed the fundamental and second harmonic radio frequency (rf) oscillations of the IPP mode, consistent with the experimental measurements in CMS-based pillars. Our simulations predicted that the OPP mode can be obtained under the condition of an initially antiparallel state, a small external magnetic field, and a sufficiently large current density.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy