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Title: Observation of Strong Bulk Damping‐Like Spin‐Orbit Torque in Chemically Disordered Ferromagnetic Single Layers

Strong damping‐like spin‐orbit torque (τDL) has great potential for enabling ultrafast energy‐efficient magnetic memories, oscillators, and logic. So far, the reported τDLexerted on a thin‐film magnet must result from an externally generated spin current or from an internal non‐equilibrium spin polarization in non‐centrosymmetric GaMnAs single crystals. Here, for the first time a very strong, unexpected τDLis demonstrated from current flow within ferromagnetic single layers of chemically disordered, face‐centered‐cubic CoPt. It is established here that the novel τDLis a bulk effect, with the strength per unit current density increasing monotonically with the CoPt thickness, and is insensitive to the presence or absence of spin sinks at the CoPt surfaces. This τDLmost likely arises from a net transverse spin polarization associated with a strong spin Hall effect, while there is no detectable long‐range asymmetry in the material. These results broaden the scope of spin‐orbitronics and provide a novel avenue for developing single‐layer‐based spin‐torque memory, oscillator, and logic technologies.

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Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Advanced Functional Materials
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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