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Current driven tri-stable resistance states in magnetic point contacts
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2009 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 21, no 35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Point contacts between normal and ferromagnetic metals are investigated using magnetoresistance and transport spectroscopy measurements combined with micromagnetic simulations. Pronounced hysteresis in the point contact resistance versus both bias current and external magnetic field are observed. It is found that such hysteretic resistance can exhibit, in addition to bi-stable resistance states found in ordinary spin valves, tri-stable resistance states with a middle resistance level. We interpret these observations in terms of surface spin valve and spin vortex states, originating from a substantially modified spin structure at the ferromagnetic interface in the contact core. We argue that these surface spin states, subject to a weakened exchange interaction, dominate the effects of spin transfer torques on the nanometer scale.

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2009. Vol. 21, no 35
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spin-waves, excitation
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18680DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/35/355004ISI: 000268867100006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70449565173OAI: diva2:336727
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-01-26Bibliographically approved

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