Improvement of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction by introducing a Ta buffer layer

N.H. Kim, D.S. Han, J. Jung, J. Cho, J.S. Kim, H.J.M. Swagten, C.Y. You

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Abstract

We report systematic measurements of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (iDMI) by employing Brillouin light scattering in Pt/Co/AlOx and Ta/Pt/Co/AlOx structures. By introducing a tantalum buffer layer, the saturation magnetization and the interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy are significantly improved due to the better interface between heavy metal and ferromagnetic layer. From the frequency shift between Stokes- and anti-Stokes spin-waves, we successively obtain considerably larger iDM energy densities (Dmax-=-1.65-±-0.13 mJ/m2 at tCo-=-1.35-nm) upon adding the Ta buffer layer, despite the nominally identical interface materials. Moreover, the energy density shows an inverse proportionality with the Co layer thickness, which is the critical clue that the observed iDMI is indeed originating from the interface between the Pt and Co layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number142408
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume107
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015

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