Temperature dependent nucleation, propagation, and annihilation of domain walls in all-perpendicular spin-valve nanopillars

D. B. Gopman, D. Bedau, S. Mangin, E. E. Fullerton, J. A. Katine, A. D. Kent

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    We present a study of the temperature dependence of the switching fields in Co/Ni-based perpendicularly magnetized spin-valves. While magnetization reversal of all-perpendicular Co/Ni spin valves at ambient temperatures is typically marked by a single sharp step change in resistance, low temperature measurements can reveal a series of resistance steps, consistent with non-uniform magnetization configurations. We propose a model that consists of domain nucleation, propagation, and annihilation to explain the temperature dependence of the switching fields. Interestingly, low temperature (<30K) step changes in resistance that we associate with domain nucleation have a bimodal switching field and resistance step distribution, attributable to two competing nucleation pathways.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number113910
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Volume115
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 21 2014

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    Temperature dependent nucleation, propagation, and annihilation of domain walls in all-perpendicular spin-valve nanopillars. / Gopman, D. B.; Bedau, D.; Mangin, S.; Fullerton, E. E.; Katine, J. A.; Kent, A. D.

    In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 115, No. 11, 113910, 21.03.2014.

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    Gopman, D. B. ; Bedau, D. ; Mangin, S. ; Fullerton, E. E. ; Katine, J. A. ; Kent, A. D. / Temperature dependent nucleation, propagation, and annihilation of domain walls in all-perpendicular spin-valve nanopillars. In: Journal of Applied Physics. 2014 ; Vol. 115, No. 11.
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