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      Direct observation of Oersted-field-induced magnetization dynamics in magnetic nanostripes

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          We have used time-resolved x-ray photoemission electron microscopy to investigate the magnetization dynamics induced by nanosecond current pulses in NiFe/Cu/Co nanostripes. A large tilt of the NiFe magnetization in the direction transverse to the stripe is observed during the pulses. We show that this effect cannot be quantitatively understood from the amplitude of the Oersted field and the shape anisotropy. High frequency oscillations observed at the onset of the pulses are attributed to precessional motion of the NiFe magnetization about the effective field. We discuss the possible origins of the large magnetization tilt and the potential implications of the static and dynamic effects of the Oersted field on current-induced domain wall motion in such stripes.

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          High domain wall velocity at zero magnetic field induced by low current densities in spin-valve nanostripes

          Current-induced magnetic domain wall motion at zero magnetic field is observed in the permalloy layer of a spin-valve-based nanostripe using photoemission electron microscopy. The domain wall movement is hampered by pinning sites, but in between them high domain wall velocities (exceeding 150 m/s) are obtained for current densities well below \(10^{12} \unit{A/m^2}\), suggesting that these trilayer systems are promising for applications in domain wall devices in case of well controlled pinning positions. Vertical spin currents in these structures provide a potential explanation for the increase in domain wall velocity at low current densities.
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            05 February 2010
            2011-01-14
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            10.1103/PhysRevB.83.020406
            1002.1302

            http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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            Physical Review B 83 (2011) 020406
            Published in Phys. Rev. B 83, 020406 (2011) (Rapid Communications)
            cond-mat.mtrl-sci
            ccsd

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