Switching time of a single spin in linearly varying field

Yasutaro Uesaka, Yoshio Suzuki, Osamu Kitakami, Yoshinobu Nakatani, Nobuo Hayashi, Hiroshi Fukushima

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We studied the switching time of a single spin in a field varying linearly in time using a micromagnetics simulation based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. The applied field larger than the switching field or coercivity is not enough for a spin to switch but some duration of time is also necessary. We found that the value of C 1 defined by C 1= (H - H 1) dt was constant when the rate of change in the field was larger than 10× γH k 2, where γ is the gyromagnetic ratio with g value = 2, H is the applied field, H 1 is a constant, and H k is the anisotropy field of the spin. The integration is taken from the time the spin begins switching to the switching time. The equation is a generalized form of the equation, C 0 (H - H 0)τsw, in a constant field H. Here, C 0 and H 0 are constants, and τ sw is the switching time. We found that C 1 in the region dH/dt >10 ×γH K 2 and C 0 in the region H≫H K are the same, but that H 1 does not coincide with H 0. We found that the head field rise time has a very small effect on the switching field and time of recording media.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123907
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 15

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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