Switching of biaxial synthetic antiferromagnets: a micromagentic study.
We simulate the switching behavior of nanoscale synthetic antiferromagnets (SAFs), inspired by recent experimental progress in spin-orbit-torque switching of crystal antiferromagnets. The SAF consists of two ferromagnetic thin films with in-plane biaxial anisotropy and interlayer exchange coupling. Staggered field-like Rashba spin-orbit torques from the opposite surfaces of the SAF induce a canted net magnetization, which triggers an orthogonal torque that drives 90$^\circ$ switching of the N\'eel vector. Such dynamics driven by the field-like spin-orbit torque allows for faster switching with increased Gilbert damping, without a significant detrimental increase of the threshold switching current density. Our results point to the potential of SAFs as model systems, based on simple ferromagnetic metals, to mimic antiferromagnetic device physics.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.04094