Interfacial spin-filter assisted spin transfer torque effect in Co/BeO/Co magnetic tunnel junction

Y. H. Tang, F. C. Chu

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Abstract

The first-principles calculation is employed to demonstrate the spin-selective transport properties and the non-collinear spin-transfer torque (STT) effect in the newly proposed Co/BeO/Co magnetic tunnel junction. The subtle spin-polarized charge transfer solely at O/Co interface gives rise to the interfacial spin-filter (ISF) effect, which can be simulated within the tight binding model to verify the general expression of STT. This allows us to predict the asymmetric bias behavior of non-collinear STT directly via the interplay between the first-principles calculated spin current densities in collinear magnetic configurations. We believe that the ISF effect, introduced by the combination between wurtzite-BeO barrier and the fcc-Co electrode, may open a new and promising route in semiconductor-based spintronics applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093901
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume117
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2015

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