Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe

Kriegner, D. and Výborný, K. and Olejnik, K. and Reichlová, H. and Novák, V. and Marti, X. and Gazquez, J. and Saidl, V. and Němec, P. and Volobuev, V.V. and Springholz, G. and Holy, Vaclav and Jungwirth, T. (2016) Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe. Nature Communications, 7 (11623). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

Commercial magnetic memories rely on the bistability of ordered spins in ferromagnetic materials. Recently, experimental bistable memories have been realized using fully compensated antiferromagnetic metals. Here we demonstrate a multiple-stable memory device in epitaxial MnTe, an antiferromagnetic counterpart of common II–VI semiconductors. Favourable micromagnetic characteristics of MnTe allow us to demonstrate a smoothly varying zero-field antiferromagnetic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with a harmonic angular dependence on the writing magnetic field angle, analogous to ferromagnets. The continuously varying AMR provides means for the electrical read-out of multiple-stable antiferromagnetic memory states, which we set by heat-assisted magneto recording and by changing the writing field direction. The multiple stability in our memory is ascribed to different distributions of domains with the Neel vector aligned along one of the three magnetic easy axes. The robustness against strong magnetic field perturbations combined with the multiple stability of the magnetic memory states are unique properties of antiferromagnets.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11623
Depositing User: Jungwirth, Tomas
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 12:17
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40283

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