Magnetoelectric spin wave amplifier for spin wave logic circuits

Alexander Khitun, Dmitri E. Nikonov, Kang L. Wang

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We propose and analyze a spin wave amplifier aimed to enhance the amplitude of the propagating spin wave via the magnetoelectric effect. The amplifier is a two-layer multiferroic structure, which comprises piezoelectric and ferromagnetic materials. By applying electric field to the piezoelectric layer, the stress is produced. In turn, the stress changes the direction of the easy axis in the ferromagnetic layer. The rotation frequency of the easy axis is the same as the frequency of the spin wave propagating through the ferromagnetic layer. As a result of this two-stage process, the amplitude of the spin wave can be amplified depending on the angle of the easy axis rotation. We present results of numerical simulations illustrating the operation of the proposed amplifier. According to numerical estimates, the amplitude of the spin wave signal can be increased by several orders of magnitude. The energy efficiency of the electric-to-magnetic power conversion is discussed. The proposed amplifier preserves the phase of the initial signal, which is important for application to logic circuits based on spin waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123909
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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