Volume 65, Number 4, February 2004
|Page(s)||526 - 532|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties|
|Published online||01 February 2004|
Domain wall propagation in magnetic nanowires by spin-polarized current injection
Nanomagnetism Group, Department of Physics, University of Durham Rochester Building, Science Laboratories South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 3 December 2003
We demonstrate movement of a head-to-head domain wall through a magnetic nanowire of permalloy () simply by passing an electrical current through the domain wall and without any external magnetic field applied. The effect depends on the sense and magnitude of the electrical current and allows direct propagation of domain walls through complex nanowire shapes, contrary to the case of magnetic-field–induced propagation. The efficiency of this mechanism has been evaluated and the effective force acting on the wall has been found equal to .
PACS: 72.25.Pn – Current-driven spin pumping / 75.60.Ch – Domain walls and domain structure / 85.75.-d – Magnetoelectronics; spintronics: devices exploiting spin polarized transport or integrated magnetic fields
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