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From spin diffusion to magnetization reversal: the four-channel approach
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Paper Abstract

Experiments of spin injection, from a normal metal to a ferromagnet, show that the magnetization of the ferromagnet can be switched with high current pulses, without the need of a magnetic field. In order to describe the experimental observations, two different kinds of electronic populations are defined for the transport: the spin polarized current inside the normal metal (paramagnetic spin-polarized current) and the spin-polarized current inside the ferromagnet (ferromagnetic spin polarization). The redistribution of the electronic populations is then investigated in the framework of a four-channel approach (up and down spin polarization for paramagnetic and ferromagnetic currents). This mechanism couples the electronic transport (Boltzmann equations to the dynamics of the magnetization (Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation), and leads to define a magnetic temperature which depends on the current injection.

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Date Published: 25 March 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5732, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices II, (25 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.584744
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Eric Wegrowe, Lab. des Solides Irradies, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS (France)
Henri-Jean Drouhin, Lab. des Solides Irradies, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5732:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices II
Manijeh Razeghi; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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