Spin transfer switching enhancement in perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions with a canted in-plane spin polarizer

Rachid Sbiaa, Randall Law, Ei Leen Tan, Thomas Liew

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We have studied spin transfer switching (STS) in a magnetic tunnel junction with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for the reference and free layers using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert formalism. We propose a multilayer structure in which the insertion of an additional spin polarizer with in-plane anisotropy can enhance the STS efficiency and switching speed of the device. It is revealed that a canted spin polarizer with an angle between 40° and 80° out of the film plane in the correct direction enhances the STS efficiency more than a fixed in-plane or perpendicular polarizer. Furthermore, we show that the spin transfer torque exerted on the in-plane polarizer layer by the free layer automatically tilts the in-plane polarizer in the direction that enhances STS for both magnetization states of the free layer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013910
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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