Magnetic Antivortex-Core Reversal by Circular-Rotational Spin Currents

Thomas Kamionka, Michael Martens, Kang Wei Chou, Michael Curcic, André Drews, Gisela Schütz, Tolek Tyliszczak, Hermann Stoll, Bartel Van Waeyenberge, Guido Meier
2010 Physical Review Letters  
Topological singularities occur as antivortices in ferromagnetic thin-film microstructures. Antivortices behave as two-dimensional oscillators with a gyrotropic eigenmode which can be excited resonantly by spin currents and magnetic fields. We show that the two excitation types couple in an opposing sense of rotation in the case of resonant antivortex excitation with circular-rotational currents. If the sense of rotation of the current coincides with the intrinsic sense of gyration of the
more » ... rtex, the coupling to the Oersted fields is suppressed and only the spin-torque contribution locks into the gyrotropic eigenmode. We report on the experimental observation of purely spin-torque induced antivortex-core reversal. The dynamic response of an isolated antivortex is imaged by time-resolved scanning transmission x-ray microscopy on its genuine time and length scale.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.105.137204 pmid:21230805 fatcat:iytwnpm33vgzxlob3ojgse5a5q