Reducing the critical switching current in nanoscale spin valves

Jan Manschot, Arne Brataas, Gerrit E.W. Bauer

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The current induced magnetization reversal in nanoscale spin valves is a potential alternative to magnetic field switching in magnetic memories. We show that the critical switching current can be decreased by an order of magnitude by strategically distributing the resistances in the magnetically active region of the spin valve. In addition, we simulate full switching curves and predict a new precessional state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3250-3252
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 11
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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