Voltage-Control Spintronics Memory with a Self-Aligned Heavy-Metal Electrode

S. Shirotori, H. Yoda, Y. Ohsawa, N. Shimomura, T. Inokuchi, Y. Kato, Y. Kamiguchi, K. Koi, K. Ikegami, H. Sugiyama, M. Shimizu, B. Altansargai, S. Oikawa, M. Ishikawa, A. Tiwari, Y. Saito, A. Kurobe

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Voltage-control spintronics memory (VoCSM) is a spintronics-based memory that uses the voltage-control-magnetic-anisotropy (VCMA) effect as a selection method and the spin-Hall effect as a write method, and is a candidate for future nonvolatile main memory because of its advantages such as high density, low energy consumption, and robustness against read disturbance. In this paper, we demonstrate VoCSM with a self-aligned heavy-metal electrode, which is the most desirable in mass production and can expect the lowest critical current (IC) due to its narrow electrode structure. We obtain the value of IC of around 400~μ A for a magnetic tunnel junction of size 35nm×245 nm by using a self-aligned heavy-metal electrode. The value is lowered to one-third that of the conventional VoCSM structure and is comparable with that of spin-transfer torque writing. Moreover, IC decreased due to the VCMA effect and reached 260~μA for VMTJ=-0.8V. We also found that the diffusion spin current from the lateral region, which is the concern matter of this structure, did not contribute very much to the switching due to the extremely short spin diffusion length of the heavy-metal electrode. It indicates that VoCSM with a self-aligned heavy-metal electrode may lead to the production of high-density and low-energy-consumption memory.

本文言語English
論文番号7894271
ジャーナルIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
53
11
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 11
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 電子工学および電気工学

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