Microwave oscillations of the magnetization around its equilibrium are the natural dynamical response to external perturbations (e.g. thermal fluctuations, microwave fields). This offers the promise for a new class of microwave devices, benefiting from their small foot-print, their ability to be controlled electrically, and their integrability with CMOS technology. Identified devices include local oscillators, microwave filters, detectors, and non-reciprocal devices. Understanding the dynamics of these nano-objects, applying general concepts of microwave oscillator techniques and defining from this novel microwave applications is the major aim of this activity.

Research directions

Spin Transfer Torque Oscillators

We are realizing and studying microwave emitting sources based on the magnetization precession, mainly in the shape of nanopillars made out of magnetic heterostrucures. This offer the possibility to build new devices for telecommunication in the Ghz range.


Magnons are the quasi-particles associated to the collective excitations of spins. Mode engineering and transfer of angular momentum by magnonics current are some of our key ongoing research activities.

The team

Former members


  • Sylvain MOULIS
  • Pankaj ZETHI
  • Alumni : A. Ruiz Calafora, K. Jaimes Merazzo, K. Garcia Hernandez, C. Murapaka


  • Nicolas Thiery
  • Alumni : Kyota Watanabe (GP-Spin program), Matthieu Favre, Jérôme Hem, Anike Purbawati


  • W.E. Bailey – Columbia University (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), A. N. Slavin – Oakland University (2012, 2013), V. Naletov (2016)




  • Leti (Grenoble)
  • Unité Mixte CNRS/Thale (Palaiseau),
  • Service de l’etat condense-CEA (Saclay)
  • Univ. Munster (Germany)
  • INL (Portugal)
  • University of Münster (Germany)
  • Oakland University (United States of America)

Recent news

  • SpinSpike – An ANR project (January 19th, 2021)SpinSpike – An ANR project
    SpinSpike stands for Spintronic Spiking Neurons. It is a 42-month-long ANR project (2021/2024). Spintronics has recently shown its promise for neuromorphic computing, but is lacking an essential ingredient of biological neural networks: spiking neurons. In this ...
  • k-net – An H2020 project (January 05th, 2021)k-net - An H2020 project
    A key component of artificial intelligence is neuromorphic computing, which represents the endeavor to replicate the human brain to perform efficiently very complex tasks such as pattern recognition. Until now, almost all practical implementations of ...
  • Highlights of SPINTEC research in 2020 (December 10th, 2020)Highlights of SPINTEC research in 2020
    The research highlights of SPINTEC over the year 2020 have been put together, and are available to download: http://www.spintec.fr/spintec-annual-booklets. This booklet contains the key facts of the lab over the period (contracts, new staff etc.), the ...
  • Post-doctoral position – Spintronic Spiking Neurons (December 07th, 2020)Post-doctoral position – Spintronic Spiking Neurons
    In the frame of the French national ANR project SpinSpike, Spintec laboratory is opening a postdoctoral researcher position. The candidate will work in collaboration with UMPhy CNRS-Thales and Thales TRT. The objective is the realization ...
  • Pushing the limits of fast swept-tuned spectrum analysis using Spin-Torque Nano-Oscillators (November 16th, 2020)Pushing the limits of fast swept-tuned spectrum analysis using Spin-Torque Nano-Oscillators
    Recent progress in nanotechnology has led to the development of spin-torque nano-oscillators (STNO), whose time constants, due to their nano-scale size, are naturally of the order of 1-100 nanoseconds. At SPINTEC we demonstrated experimentally for ...


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