Current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) have the potential to revolutionize magnetization switching technology. Here, we investigate SOT in a heavy metal (HM)/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 (CFAS)/MgO thin film structure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), where the HM is either Pt or Ta. Our results suggest that both the spin Hall effect and the Rashba effect contribute significantly to the effective fields in the Pt underlayer samples. Moreover, after taking the PMA energies into account, current-induced SOT-based switching studies of both the Pt and Ta underlayer samples suggest that the two HM underlayers yield comparable switching efficiency in the HM/CFAS/MgO material system.
Investigating and engineering spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO thin film structures
Li Ming Loong, Praveen Deorani, Xuepeng Qiu, Hyunsoo Yang; Investigating and engineering spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO thin film structures. Appl. Phys. Lett. 13 July 2015; 107 (2): 022405. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4926926
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