Spin orbit torque induced asymmetric depinning of chiral Néel domain wall in Co/Ni heterostructures
Gan, Wei Liang
Lim, Gerard Joseph
Lew, Wen Siang
Date of Issue2017
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
In this letter, we report on distinct depinning of a chiral Néel domain wall (DW) driven by spin-orbit torque (SOT) in Co/Ni nanowires with symmetric potential barriers. In these structures, DW propagation was shown to be in the opposite direction to the electron flow as evidenced from current assisted DW depinning measurements. A transition from field dominated DW depinning to SOT dominated DW depinning was observed as the bias current was increased. For SOT dominated DW depinning, the Up-Down DW exhibits a larger depinning field as compared to the Down-Up DW. This is attributed to the interplay between the SOT and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in the structure.
Applied Physics Letters
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