Magnetic nanopillars with variable top electrodes were fabricated to clarify the roles of the spin current and the spin accumulation in the current-induced magnetic switching. The critical switching current is significantly increased when the size of the top electrode is comparable to that of the nanopillar. This result implies that the dominant contribution in the current-induced magnetic switching is not the spin accumulation, but the spin current.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)