Magnetoelectric switching of perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/α-Cr2O3/Pt stacked films

Kentaro Toyoki, Yu Shiratsuchi, Atsushi Kobane, Chiharu Mitsumata, Yoshinori Kotani, Tetsuya Nakamura, Ryoichi Nakatani

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Abstract

We report the realization of magnetoelectric switching of the perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/α-Cr2O3/Pt stacked films. The perpendicular exchange bias was switched isothermally by the simultaneous application of magnetic and electric fields. The threshold electric field required to switch the perpendicular exchange bias was found to be inversely proportional to the magnetic field, which confirmed the magnetoelectric mechanism of the process. The observed temperature dependence of the threshold electric field suggested that the energy barrier of the antiferromagnetic spin reversal was significantly lower than that assuming the coherent rotation. Pulse voltage measurements indicated that the antiferromagnetic domain propagation dominates the switching process. These results suggest an analogy of the electric-field-induced magnetization with a simple ferromagnet.

Original languageEnglish
Article number162404
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 20
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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