Storing magnetic information in IrMn/MgO/Ta tunnel junctions via field-cooling

Petti, D.; Albisetti, E.; Reichlová, H.; Gazquez, J.; Varela, M.; Molina-Ruiz, M.; Lopeandía, A. F.; Olejník, K.; Novák, V.; Fina, I.; Dkhil, B.; Hayakawa, J.; Marti, X.; Wunderlich, J.; Jungwirth, T.; Bertacco, R.
May 2013
Applied Physics Letters;5/13/2013, Vol. 102 Issue 19, p192404
Academic Journal
In this paper, we demonstrate that in Ta/MgO/IrMn tunneling junctions, containing no ferromagnetic elements, distinct metastable resistance states can be set by field cooling the devices from above the Néel temperature (TN) along different orientations. Variations of the resistance up to 10% are found upon field cooling in applied fields, in-plane or out-of-plane. Well below TN, these metastable states are insensitive to magnetic fields up to 2 T, thus constituting robust memory states. Our work provides the demonstration of an electrically readable magnetic memory device, which contains no ferromagnetic elements and stores the information in an antiferromagnetic active layer.


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