N°18 - 23 September 2016 - CONTROLLING THE CHIRALITY AND POLARITY OF VORTICES IN MAGNETIC TUNNEL JUNCTIONS

A. S. Jenkins1,2, E. Grimaldi1, P. Bortolotti1, R. Lebrun1, H. Kubota3, K. Yakushiji3, A. Fukushima,3 G. de Loubens2, O. Klein2, S. Yuasa3, and V. Cros1
 
1Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales and Université Paris Sud, 1 Avenue Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau, France
2Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé (CNRS URA 2464), CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Spintronics Research Center
 
Static and dynamic control of the chirality and polarity of a magnetic vortex confined in a magnetic tunnel junction is demonstrated. The modes associated with the four chirality/polarity vortex configurations are first explored by resonant excitation with a low power rf current. When the rf power is increased, both the chirality and polarity of the vortex can be resonantly switched, which—as shown by micromagnetic simulations—involves vortex expulsion and renucleation. This tunable resonant switching of the vortex parameters are an exciting step forward for the viability of magnetic vortex-based applications.
 
Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 172403 (2014)
 
 
 
FIG. 1: Hperp and Idc dependence of (a) the polarity and (b) the chirality of the magnetic vortex, showing the regions where the chirality and polarity will be fixed regardless of the magnetic history, as well as the possible bistable regions. Left: schematic of the free layer with vortex configuration and the SAF polariser layer.