Voltage controlled magnetism in 3d transitional metals

C. Bi, Y. Liu, T. Newhouse-Illige, M. Xu, J. Freeland, O. N. Mryasov, Shufeng Zhang, S. G. Te Velthuis, Weigang Wang

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Controlling the magnetic properties of solids by electric fields has been an interesting research subject, not only because of the intriguing correlation between the electric and magnetic orders in solid-state systems, but also the potential applications in ultra-low energy spintronic devices. In the past, research has mostly been carried out with multiferroic materials and magnetic semiconductors. Recently, more effort was focused on 3d transition ferromagnetic metals. Especially in heavy metal/ferromagnet/oxide (HM/FM/oxide) structures where the magnetic anisotropy has an interfacial origin, electric fields can cause a marked change in the magnetic anisotropy energy. This voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) can be understood by the electric field induced charge transfer among different d orbitals of the FM. The order of this effect is around 100 fJ/Vm and it vanishes with the removing of the electric fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781479973224
StatePublished - Jul 14 2015
Event2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: May 11 2015May 15 2015


Other2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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