Spin-orbit torque assisted magnetization reversal of 100 nm-long vertical pillar

Syuta Honda*, Yoshiaki Sonobe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Long vertical pillars, with a width of the order of nanometers and with perpendicular shape anisotropy (PSA), have high thermal stability. The advantage of using longer pillars is that they can increase the memory areal density while maintaining robust thermal stability. The current-induced magnetization reversal of long pillars is a significant challenge in spintronic applications such as high-density magnetic memories. However, the magnetization of pillars that are more than 100 nm long has never been reversed by spin-orbit torque (SOT) or spin injection from another ferromagnet (FM). Against this background, we propose a novel magnetization reversal method for pillars based on both SOT and spin transfer torque without using a FM for spin injection. Furthermore, this SOT-assisted method significantly reduces the reversal time, as was demonstrated by micromagnetic simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number395001
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sept 29


  • magnetization reversal
  • micromagnetic simulation
  • spin-orbit torque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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