Taking into account the thermal effect, we verify that the strong spin relaxation in the capping layer of a magnetic nanopillar significantly affects the current-induced magnetization switching behavior by reducing the critical switching current density. Theoretical calculations reveal that increasing the spin relaxation in the capping layer enhances the spin-polarized current while suppresses the contribution of the spin accumulation to the magnetization switching. The results suggest that the spin-polarized current, rather than the spin accumulation, dominates the current-induced magnetization switching.
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