Reduction in switching current density for current-induced magnetization switching without loss of thermal stability: Effect of perpendicular anisotropy

Hong Ju Suh, Kyoung Jin Lee

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Solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski equation numerically, we show that switching current density for the current-induced magnetization switching decreases by introducing the perpendicular anisotropy smaller than the out-of-plane demagnetization energy in the switched layer as predicted by theories. Interestingly, the introduction of the perpendicular anisotropy does not decrease the thermal stability of magnetization, but rather slightly increases. The reduction in switching current density results from the decrease of demagnetization effect whereas the increase of thermal stability results from the decrease of attempt frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-988
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Applied Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 1



  • Current-induced magnetization switching
  • Perpendicular anisotropy
  • Spin-transfer torque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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