Magnetization switching by spin torque using subnanosecond current pulses assisted by hard axis magnetic fields

T. Devolder, P. Crozat, J. V. Kim, C. Chappert, Kenchi Ito, J. A. Katine, M. J. Carey

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Abstract

We have induced magnetization switching by spin transfer in pillar-shaped spin valves using nanosecond-scale current pulses combined with hard axis fields. Switching events requiring 100 ps pulses were obtained. In comparison with the switching induced by a single current pulse, biasing the device with a hard axis field decreases the pulse duration needed for error-free switching. The reduction of the cost in pulse amplitude scales with the magnitude of the applied field, and can be quantitatively understood from micromagnetic simulations and macrospin arguments taking into account the thermal fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152502
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume88
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr 10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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