A spin-orbit torque switching scheme with collinear magnetic easy axis and current configuration

S. Fukami, T. Anekawa, C. Zhang, H. Ohno

研究成果: Article査読

280 被引用数 (Scopus)

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Spin-orbit torque, a torque brought about by in-plane current via the spin-orbit interactions in heavy-metal/ferromagnet nanostructures, provides a new pathway to switch the magnetization direction. Although there are many recent studies, they all build on one of two structures that have the easy axis of a nanomagnet lying orthogonal to the current, that is, along the z or y axes. Here, we present a new structure with the third geometry, that is, with the easy axis collinear with the current (along the x axis). We fabricate a three-terminal device with a Ta/CoFeB/MgO-based stack and demonstrate the switching operation driven by the spin-orbit torque due to Ta with a negative spin Hall angle. Comparisons with different geometries highlight the previously unknown mechanisms of spin-orbit torque switching. Our work offers a new avenue for exploring the physics of spin-orbit torque switching and its application to spintronics devices.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)621-625
ページ数5
ジャーナルNature Nanotechnology
11
7
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2016 7 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • バイオエンジニアリング
  • 原子分子物理学および光学
  • 生体医工学
  • 材料科学(全般)
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • 電子工学および電気工学

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