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

Permanent staff


  • 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

  • 18 months post-doc position: pMTJs for memory and microwave devices (November 16th, 2016)
    In the frame of our H2020 project GREAT we have one open position for a postdoc or term contract for 18 months to characterize the spin transfer torque induced magnetic switching as well as rf ...
  • Spin super-conduction in electric insulators. (September 27th, 2016)
    Magnonic is an emerging research field, which aims at exploiting the transport of pure spin current in magnetic materials. The elementary excitations are the propagating spin-waves, also called magnons, which are bosonic quasiparticles. The advantages over conventional ...
  • GREAT – A H2020 ICT project at SPINTEC (June 30th, 2016) GREAT - A H2020 ICT project at SPINTEC
    Overview GREAT (European H2020 project) was accepted at the Summer 2015. Its kick-off meeting took place at SPINTEC in Grenoble on February 22nd-23rd 2016. The project aims at developing magnetic stacks able to equally perform memory, radio-frequency ...
  • Spin orbit effects (July 24th, 2015)
    YIG delay lines: Description: Microwave wireless telecommunications are the backbone of the information age. They enable the exchange of data between connected objects. The Internet of Things is expected to connect as much as 80 billion objects ...
  • Origin of linewidth broadening? Frequency fluctuations! (July 02nd, 2015)
    Why is the linewidth broadened ? Phasenoise is the parameter that any engineer will ask you to provide in order to evaluate the performance and to define possible applications for an oscillator. From theory [Kim, ...

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