Electrical detection of magnetic skyrmions in a magnetic tunnel junction

Yao Guang, Like Zhang, Junwei Zhang, Yadong Wang, Yuelei Zhao, Riccardo Tomasello, Senfu Zhang, Bin He, Jiahui Li, Yizhou Liu, Jiafeng Feng, Hongxiang Wei, Mario Carpentieri, Zhipeng Hou, Junming Liu, Yong Peng, Zhongming Zeng, Giovanni Finocchio, Xixiang Zhang, J. M. D. CoeyXiufeng Han, Guoqiang Yu

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Abstract

Magnetic skyrmions are promising information carriers for dense and energy-efficient information storage owing to their small size, low driving-current density, and topological stability. Electrical detection of skyrmions is a crucial requirement to drive skyrmion devices towards applications. The use of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) is commonly suggested for this purpose as MTJs are key spintronic devices for large-scale commercialization that can convert magnetic textures into electrical signals. To date, however, it has been challenging to realize skyrmions in MTJs due to incompatibility between standard skyrmion materials and highly-efficient MTJ electrodes. Here, we report a material stack combining magnetic multilayers, which host 100 nm scale skyrmions, with a perpendicularly magnetized MTJ. The devices are designed so that the skyrmions in the multilayer are imprinted into the MTJ’s free layer via magnetostatic interactions. The electrical response of a single skyrmion is successfully identified by employing simultaneous imaging of the magnetic texture and the electrical measurement of the MTJ resistance. The results are an important step towards all-electrical detection of skyrmions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Electronic Materials
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-09-09
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): CRF-2019-4081-CRG8
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. Z190009), the Science Center of the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 52088101), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 11874409, 52161160334, 12174426), the K. C. Wong Education Foundation (Grant No. GJTD-2019-14), and the financial support of the Shenzhen Peacock Group Plan (Grant No. KQTD20180413181702403). G.F. and R.T. acknowledge the project “ThunderSKY,” funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under grant agreement No. 871. G.F., M.C., and R.T. also acknowledge the research project No. PRIN 2020LWPKH7 funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. X.X.Z. would like to acknowledge the financial support by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under the Award No. CRF-2019-4081-CRG8.

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