Switching Windows for a Nanostructured Cell of Synthetic Ferrimagnets
The magnetization switching window of nanostructured synthetic ferrimagnets with lateral dimension of 160 nm × 80 nm under combined in-plane magnetic fields along the longitudinal and transverse directions is investigated by numerical calculation using an analytical equation for the total energy. The considered total energy equation precisely accounts for the magnetostatic energy, which is significantly large in nanostructured magnetic cells. Due to the complex magnetization alignment of synthetic ferrimagnets, a different switching criterion based on the reversibility of magnetization process is used, instead of the simple criterion frequently used for single magnetic layers. Synthetic ferrimagnets with various thickness asymmetries are considered, and switching windows are calculated both in static and dynamic conditions. The static switching windows show a smaller dependence on the thickness asymmetry than the dynamic switching windows do. The dynamic switching window at a large thickness asymmetry resembles that of a single magnetic layer. The results are discussed in terms of energy profiles that can be obtained by locating the lowest energy path linking the two stable states from the total energy surface.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2011
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