Micromagnetic simulation of critical current density of spin transfer torque switching in a full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5alloy spin valve nanopillar

H. B. Huang, X. Q. Ma, Z. H. Liu, F. Y. Meng, San-Qiang Shi, L. Q. Chen

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Abstract

We investigated the critical current density of spin transfer torque switching in a full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5alloy spin-valve nanopillar through micromagnetic simulations. The simulations explain the experimental results on the resistance versus external magnetic field and yield good agreement with the measured switching behavior. It is shown that different magnitudes of current densities and directions of external magnetic fields give rise to a shift of resistance hysteretic loop and a variable range of switching. We demonstrated that three critical current densities have different slopes with Gilbert damping constant α and spin polarization constant η, indicating that α and η have different contributions to the critical current densities. Furthermore, we found that the area of resistance-current hysteretic loop decreases as the nanopillar size decreases. The domain structures indicated that the magnetization reversals have different switching processes between small and large sizes of pillars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Volume330
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Critical current density
  • Heusler alloy
  • Micromagnetic simulation
  • Spin transfer torque switching
  • Spin valve nanopillar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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