On the mechanism of hysteresis in conductance of point contacts to single ferromagnetic films
2007 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 101, no 9, 09A513-1-09A513-3 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Single nonmagnetic/ferromagnetic interfaces can exhibit magnetic excitations and hysteretic switching, provided that the current density traversing the interface is sufficiently high (greater than or similar to 10(8) A/cm(2)) and the flow regime is diffusive. We measure hysteretic switching in conductance induced by nominally unpolarized electron currents in nanocontacts to thin Co films and successfully model the effect for similar to 20 nm scale point contacts using micromagnetic simulations, which take into account an out of plane stress-induced magnetic anisotropy in the point contact region.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 101, no 9, 09A513-1-09A513-3 p.
Computer simulation; Electric conductance; Hysteresis; Magnetic films; Magnetization; Switching; Ferromagnetic films; Ferromagnetic interfaces; Micromagnetic simulations; Unpolarized electron currents
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8679DOI: 10.1063/1.2696709ISI: 000246567900124ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34248523423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8679DiVA: diva2:14063
Conference: 10th Joint Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference/International Magnetics Conference. Baltimore, MD. JAN 07-11, 2007
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