We investigated the spin-transfer switching in a full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5alloy spin-valve nanopillar through micromagnetic simulation. A two-step switching hysteresis loop due to the fourfold in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5layers was obtained. The simulation explains the experimental result of the resistance versus current hysteresis loop and yields good agreement with the measured critical current. Furthermore, the magnetization trajectory and magnetization distribution were shown and analyzed to elucidate the different characters of two-step switching.
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