Elimination of thermoelectric artifacts in the harmonic Hall measurement of spin-orbit torque

Eun Sang Park, Dong Kyu Lee, Byoung Chul Min, Kyung Jin Lee

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The harmonic Hall measurement is widely used to determine the equivalent field of current-induced spin-orbit torque in ferromagnet/normal metal bilayers. We report that this method suffers from various thermoelectric artifacts that have not been considered. We propose and experimentally demonstrate how to eliminate major thermoelectric artifacts using, namely, the four-direction (4-D) methods interchanging current and field polarities, which allow us to determine the magnitudes and angular dependences of spin-orbit torques more accurately than a conventional method. The proposed 4-D method will be useful for searching suitable materials for device applications operated by spin-orbit torques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214438
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 30

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the KIST Institutional Program (Project No. 2V05750) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (Grants No. 2015M3D1A1070465 and No. 2017R1A2B2006119). APPENDIX A:

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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