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Dependence of the switching current density on the junction sizes in spin transfer torque

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You, Chun-Yeol ; Department of Physics, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, South Korea ; Jung, Myung-Hwa

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We investigate the dependence of switching current density on the junction sizes in the in-plane spin transfer torque nanopillar structures by using micromagnetic simulations. While the macrospin model predicts weak dependence of switching current density on the junction sizes, we find that the switching current density is a sensitive function of the junction sizes. It can be explained with the complicated spin configurations and dynamics during the switching process. The detail spin configurations and dynamics are determined by spin wave excitation with the finite wave vector, which is related with the exchange coupling energy and junction shape.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:113 ,  Issue: 7 )