Accelerating the switching of magnetic nanoclusters by anisotropy-driven magnetization dynamics
2012 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 86, no 22, 224401- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this work, the magnetization dynamics of clusters supported on nonmagnetic substrates is shown to exhibit a complex response when subjected to external magnetic fields. The field-driven magnetization reversal of small Co clusters deposited on a Cu(111) surface has been studied by means of first-principles calculations and atomistic spin dynamics simulations. For applied fields ranging from 1 to 10 Tesla, we observe a coherent magnetization reversal with switching times in the range of several tenths of picoseconds to several nanoseconds, depending on the field strength. We find a nonmonotonous dependence of the switching times with respect to the strength of the applied field, which we prove has its origin in the complex magnetic anisotropy landscape of these low-dimensional systems. This effect is shown to be stable for temperatures around 10 K, and is possible to realize over a range of exchange interactions and anisotropy landscapes. Possible experimental routes to achieve this unique switching behavior are discussed.
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2012. Vol. 86, no 22, 224401- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190315DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.224401ISI: 000311805700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190315DiVA: diva2:585930