Spin switching in antiferromagnets using Neel-order spin-orbit torques

Wadley, P. and Edmonds, K.W. (2018) Spin switching in antiferromagnets using Neel-order spin-orbit torques. Chinese Physics B, 27 (10). p. 107201. ISSN 1674-1056

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Abstract

Antiferromagnets offer considerable potential for electronic device applications. This article reviews recent demonstrations of spin manipulation in antiferromagnetic devices using applied electrical currents. Due to spin-orbit coupling in environments with particular crystalline or structural symmetries, the electric current can induce an effective magnetic field with a sign that alternates on the lengthscale of the unit cell. The staggered effective field provides an efficient mechanism for switching antiferromagnetic domains and moving antiferromagnetic domain walls, with writing speeds in the terahertz regime.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a peer-reviewed, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication/published in Chinese Physics B. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at https://doi.org/10.1088/1674-1056/27/10/107201
Keywords: spintronics, antiferromagnetism, current-induced torques, magnetic domains
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674-1056/27/10/107201
Depositing User: Edmonds, Kevin
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53973

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