Current-induced switching in CoGa/L10 MnGa/(CoGa)/Pt structure with different thicknesses

R. Ranjbar, K. Z. Suzuki, S. Mizukami

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In this paper, we present the results of our study into current-induced spin-orbit torque (SOT) switching in perpendicularly magnetized CoGa/MnGa/Pt trilayers with different thicknesses of MnGa and Pt. The SOT switching was observed for all films that undergo Joule heating. We also investigate SOT switching in the bottom (CoGa)/MnGa/top(CoGa/Pt) films with different top layers. Although both the bottom and top layers contribute to the SOT, the relative magnitudes of the switching current densities JC in the top and bottom layers indicate that the SOT is dominant in the top layer. The JC as a function of thickness is discussed in terms of the magnetic properties and resistivity. Experimental data suggested that the MnGa thickness dependence of JC may originate from the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy thickness product Kuefft value. On the other hand, JC as a function of the Pt thickness shows weak dependence. This may be attributed to the slight change of spin-Hall angle θSH value with different thicknesses of Pt, when we assumed that the SOT switching is primarily due to the spin-Hall effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 15


  • MnGa film
  • Spin Hall effect
  • Spin orbit torque


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