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Spin switching in antiferromagnets using Néel-order spin-orbit torques

Wadley, P.; Edmonds, K.W.


Royal Society Principal Research Fellow

Associate Professor & Reader in Physics


Antiferromagnets offer considerable potential for electronic device applications. This article reviews recent demonstrations of spin manipulation in antiferromagnetic devices using applied electrical currents. Due to spin-orbit coupling in environments with particular crystalline or structural symmetries, the electric current can induce an effective magnetic field with a sign that alternates on the lengthscale of the unit cell. The staggered effective field provides an efficient mechanism for switching antiferromagnetic domains and moving antiferromagnetic domain walls, with writing speeds in the terahertz regime.


Wadley, P., & Edmonds, K. (2018). Spin switching in antiferromagnets using Néel-order spin-orbit torques. Chinese Physics B, 27(10), Article 107201.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 14, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2019
Journal Chinese Physics B
Print ISSN 1674-1056
Electronic ISSN 2058-3834
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 10
Article Number 107201
Keywords spintronics, antiferromagnetic, current-induced torques, magnetic domains
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