Modulation of domain wall dynamics in TbFeCo single layer nanowire

Duc-The Ngo, Kotaro Ikeda, Hiroyuki Awano

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We demonstrate the possibility to write and modulate the magnetic domain walls in a TbFeCo single layer nanowire (300 nm width, 150 μm length). To realize this, a tiny magnetic domain was nucleated by an Oersted field produced by a 1.6 MHz pulse current (35 mA in amplitude, 5-40 ns in length) crossed the wire. To write the wall to the wire, a DC current was used to drive the nucleated domain (with two walls in two sides) to the wire in accordance with spin-transfer torque mechanism. A critical current density of Jc = 3.5 × 1010 Am-2 was required to control the motion of the walls in the wire. It was found that the size of the domain moving in the wire could be adjusted by either external field or the length of the nucleated pulse current. This could be considered as an important note for writing process in domain wall spin-torque devices, especially, memory elements.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)083921
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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