Nonstationary magnetization dynamics of point contacts with a single ferromagnetic film
2009 (English)In: Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print), ISSN 1063-777X, Vol. 35, no 8-9, 693-701 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The electric conductivity of point nanocontacts between 5, 10, and 100 nm thick ferromagnetic (F) cobalt films and a nonmagnetic (N) metal (copper or silver) needle is investigated. Two fundamentally different mechanisms for the formation of the response, signal to microwave irradiation have been observed for the first time. One mechanism is due to the effect of the rectification of high frequency ac current on the nonlinearity of the current-voltage characteristics due to the precession of the magnetization under the action of a constant transport current flowing through the contact. The second one is associated with the resonance excitation of the precession of the magnetization vector at the fundamental frequency and its harmonic by an external high-frequency field. The experimental results support a previous contention that a "surface spin valve" whose static and dynamic properties are similar to conventional F-1-N-F-2 spin valve [Nano Letters 7, 927 (2007)] is formed in the experimental F-N nanocontacts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 35, no 8-9, 693-701 p.
spin-transfer torques, driven, multilayer, excitation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18876DOI: 10.1063/1.3224728ISI: 000270905300011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-72249083724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-18876DiVA: diva2:336923
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