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Author(s): | N Theodoropoulou; Abhishek Sharma; W Pratt; Mark D. Stiles; J Xiao; J Bass; |
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Title: | Two Simple Tests for Models of Current-Induced Magnetization Switching |

Published: | January 01, 2007 |

Abstract: | We describe two simple tests for models of current-induced magnetization switching due to spin-transfer-torque in ferromagnetic/non-magnetic/ferromagnetic (F/N/F) trilayers. The first involves comparing calculated and measured values of the ratio X = ?I(Cu)/?I(CuGe), where ?I = I+ - I-, the difference between switching currents for + and - current directions, when only the N-layer is changed from Cu to a dilute CuGe alloy. The Ge in Cu causes a large increase in elastic scattering (large reduction in mean-free-path), but only a smaller increase in spin-orbit scattering (leaving the spin-diffusion length still relatively long). The second involves comparing calculated and measured values of the ratios (I+/I-) for both Cu and CuGe. Unexpectedly, the most sophisticated models generally fit the first ratio least well at both 295 K and 4.2 K. None of the models agree with the ratio (I+/I- ). |

Citation: | Journal of Applied Physics |

Keywords: | MODEL |

Research Areas: | Nanomagnetics |