Evaluation of energy barrier of CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular easy axis using retention time measurement

Eli Christopher Inocencio Enobio, Mathias Bersweiler, Hideo Sato, Shunsuke Fukami, Hideo Ohno
2018 Japanese Journal of Applied Physics  
We investigate the energy barrier E that determines the thermal stability factor Δ, of CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a perpendicular easy axis by retention time measurement as a function of temperature T and junction diameter D. E decreases with increasing T for all the studied MTJs. The temperature at which any particular value of E is obtained tends to decrease with decreasing D, indicating that the magnetization reversal in the MTJs is described by reversal models other
more » ... al models other than the nucleation model. We find that the temperature dependence of E correlates with that of spontaneous magnetization through the power law scaling relationship, which enables us to determine Δ at temperatures different from those used in the retention time measurement.
doi:10.7567/jjap.57.04fn08 fatcat:plu7mc33dfexpbdkjktz3ztsvu