Enhanced current-induced domain wall motion by tuning perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

TitleEnhanced current-induced domain wall motion by tuning perpendicular magnetic anisotropy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsEmori, S, Beach, GSD
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume98
Issue13
Pagination132508
Date Published2011/03/28/
Abstract

The effect of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) on current-induced domain wall (DW) motion is investigated by micromagnetic simulations. The critical current density J(C) to drive DWs into periodic transformation and continuous motion by adiabatic spin transfer torque decreases with increasing PMA. Also, with optimized PMA that almost exactly compensates the demagnetizing field, the adiabatic displacement of DWs driven by currents less than J(C) is strongly enhanced. Since PMA can be controlled easily in magnetic multilayer films, this technique of enhancing current-induced DW motion may be practical for device applications. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3570652]