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Title: Micromagnetic simulation of spin-transfer switching in a full-Heusler Co₂FeAl₀.₅Si₀.₅ alloy spin-valve nanopillar
Authors: Huang, HB
Ma, XQ
Liu, ZH
Meng, FY
Xiao, ZH
Wu, PP
Shi, SQ 
Chen, LQ
Keywords: Aluminium alloys
Cobalt alloys
Iron alloys
Magnetic hysteresis
Magnetic switching
Nanostructured materials
Silicon alloys
Spin polarised transport
Spin valves
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2011
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Source: Journal of applied physics, 1 Aug. 2011, v. 110, no. 3, 033913, p. 1-5 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of applied physics 
Abstract: We investigated the spin-transfer switching in a full-Heusler Co₂FeAl₀.₅Si₀.₅ alloy spin-valve nanopillar through micromagnetic simulation. A two-step switching hysteresis loop due to the fourfold in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Co₂FeAl₀.₅Si₀.₅ layers was obtained. The simulation explains the experimental result of the resistance versus current hysteresis loop and yields good agreement with the measured critical current. Furthermore, the magnetization trajectory and magnetization distribution were shown and analyzed to elucidate the different characters of two-step switching.
ISSN: 0021-8979 (print)
1089-7550 (online)
DOI: 10.1063/1.3619773
Rights: © 2011 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in H. B. Huang et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 033913 (2011) and may be found at
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