Microwave oscillations of the magnetization around its equilibrium are the natural dynamical response to external perturbations (e.g. thermal fluctuations, microwave fields). This offer 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


  • Chandrasekhar Murapaka
  • Alumni : A. Ruiz Calafora, K. Jaimes Merazzo, K. Garcia Hernandez


  • 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

  • STNO DYNAMICS (July 02nd, 2015)
    Spin torque driven excitation spectra and microwave performances for different STNO configurations Description The dynamic response under spin transfer torque depends on the magnetization configuration of the polarizer and the free layer. At SPINTEC we have focused ...
  • SPIN PUMPING (July 02nd, 2015)
    Injection and detection of pure spin currents using ferromagnetic resonance Description Damping enhancement in ferromagnetic resonance to study spin current injection from FM1 and spin absorption in FM2 or NM in magnetic heterostructures FM1/Cu/FM2 or FM1/Cu/NM. Partners Prof. W. ...
  • MTJ MATERIALS (July 02nd, 2015)
    Development of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) of low RA and high TMR Description Optimization of the deposition parameters using the LETI/DCOS IBS sputtering deposition tool from SPTS to realize high quality magnetic tunnel junction oscillators of different ...

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