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Exchange coupling torque in ferrimagnetic Co/Gd bilayer maximized near angular momentum compensation temperature

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posted on 29.01.2019 by Robin Blasing, Tianping Ma, See-Hun Yang, Chirag Garg, Fasil Dejene, Alpha T. N’Diaye, Gong Chen, Kai Liu, Stuart S.P. Parkin
© 2018, The Author(s). Highly efficient current-induced motion of chiral domain walls was recently demonstrated in synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) structures due to an exchange coupling torque (ECT). The ECT derives from the antiferromagnetic exchange coupling through a ruthenium spacer layer between the two perpendicularly magnetized layers that comprise the SAF. Here we report that the same ECT mechanism applies to ferrimagnetic bi-layers formed from adjacent Co and Gd layers. In particular, we show that the ECT is maximized at the temperature TA where the Co and Gd angular momenta balance each other, rather than at their magnetization compensation temperature TM. The current induced velocity of the domain walls is highly sensitive to longitudinal magnetic fields but we show that this not the case near TA. Our studies provide new insight into the ECT mechanism for ferrimagnetic systems. The high efficiency of the ECT makes it important for advanced domain wall based spintronic devices.

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G.C. and K.L acknowledge support from NSF (DMR-1610060) and UCOP MRP-17-454963. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 670166).

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Nature Communications

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9

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BLASING, R. ... et al., 2018. Exchange coupling torque in ferrimagnetic Co/Gd bilayer maximized near angular momentum compensation temperature. Nature Communications, 9: 4984.

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22/10/2018

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2018-11-26

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Nature Publications under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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2041-1723

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