Rashba-effect induced chiral magnetic domain-wall resistance

Y. Yin, J. Kim, D. Han, R. Lavrijsen, A. Van Den Brink, K. Lee, H. Lee, K. Kim, H. Swagten, B. Koopmans

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Magnetic thin films with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions (DMI) are receiving enormous interest because of recent developments in the understanding of DMI's role in controlling the efficiency of domain wall (DW) motion [1] and in creating magnetic skyrmions [2]. Recently, interfacial DMI has been proposed to be directly related to Rashba spin-orbit coupling at magnetic interfaces [3]. Based on this theory, magnetic domain-wall (DW) resistance is predicted to gain an additional term originating from the Rashba effect. We call this extra term 'chiral resistance', as the sign opposite for DWs with different chiralities, which means that electrons have different scattering rates when moving through DWs with positive and negative chiralities. Since this chiral resistance solely originates from Rashba effect, a direct observation can help to illuminate the debated roles of DMI and Rashba versus Spin-Hall effects for fast current-driven domain wall motion [4]. Moreover, this chiral resistance can be very useful for designing future energy-efficient domain wall devices, e.g. if we combine it with the recently proposed electric-field control of DW chirality [5].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973224
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 14
Event2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2015 May 112015 May 15

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Name2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015


Other2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015

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© 2015 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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