Spin torques in ferromagnetic/normal-metal structures

K. Xia, P. J. Kelly, G. E.W. Bauer, A. Brataas, I. Turek

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Recent theories of spin-current-induced magnetization reversal are formulated in terms of a spin-mixing conductance Gmix. We evaluate Gmix from first principles for a number of (dis)ordered interfaces between magnetic and nonmagnetic materials. We predict that the magnetization direction of a ferromagnetic insulator or of one side of a tunnel junction in a multiterminal device can be switched even though a negligible charge, current is passed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220401
Pages (from-to)2204011-2204014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jun 1


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