Angular momentum transfer torques in spin valves with perpendicular magnetization

Xingtao Jia, Ying Li, Ke Xia, Gerrit E.W. Bauer

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Spin valves incorporating perpendicularly magnetized materials are promising structures for memory elements and high-frequency generators. We report the angular dependence of the spin-transfer torque in spin valves with perpendicular equilibrium magnetization computed by first-principles circuit theory and compare results with experiments by Rippard on the CoFe|Cu|CoNi system. Furthermore, we predict a nonmonotonous (wavy) spin-transfer torque when the Cu spacer is replaced by a Ru layer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134403
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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