Spin–orbit torques in action

The spin–orbit interaction can generate torques that act on the magnetization of a ferromagnet. Here we examine recent experimental insights into spin–orbit torques, which have generated competing explanations and differing opinions over their potential application in memory devices.

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Figure 1: Rashba spin–orbit coupling.
Figure 2: Action of dissipative and reactive torques.
Figure 3: Torques on the magnetization.

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Brataas, A., Hals, K. Spin–orbit torques in action. Nature Nanotech 9, 86–88 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2014.8

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