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Spin Density Waves and Domain Wall Interactions in Nanowires

By Nicholas Sedlmayr, Vitalii Dugaev and Jamal Berakdar

Abstract

We investigated how the dynamics of a domain wall are affected by the presence of spin density waves in a ferromagnetic wire. Domain walls and other scattering centres can cause coherent spin density waves to propagate through a wire when a current is applied. In some cases the spin torque due to these scattered electrons can be enhanced such that it is on a par with the exchange and anisotropy energies controlling the shape and dynamics of the domain wall. In such a case we find that the spin density waves enhance the current induced domain wall motion, allowing for domain wall motion with smaller current pulses. Here we consider a system involving two domain walls and focus on how the motion of the second domain wall is modified by the spin density waves caused by the presence of the first domain wall.Comment: 7 pages, 6 figures, accepted for publication in Phys. Rev.

Topics: Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.174447
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1104.5175
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