Spin-orbit torque-driven magnetization switching and thermal effects studied in Ta\CoFeB\MgO nanowires

@article{Conte2014SpinorbitTM,
  title={Spin-orbit torque-driven magnetization switching and thermal effects studied in Ta\CoFeB\MgO nanowires},
  author={Roberto Lo Conte and Alevs Hrabec and Andrei Mihai and Tomek Schulz and Su Jung Noh and Christopher H. Marrows and Thomas A. Moore and M. Klaui Johannes Gutenberg Universitat-Mainz and Institut fur theoretische Physik and Mainz and Deutschland and School of Cosmic Physics and Astronomy and E. C. Stoner Laboratory and University of Leeds and Leeds and U.K. and Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz},
  journal={arXiv: Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics},
  year={2014}
}
We demonstrate magnetization switching in out-of-plane magnetized Ta\CoFeB\MgO nanowires by current pulse injection along the nanowires, both with and without a constant and uniform magnetic field collinear to the current direction. We deduce that an effective torque arising from spin-orbit effects in the multilayer drives the switching mechanism. While the generation of a component of the magnetization along the current direction is crucial for the switching to occur, we observe that even… 
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