Spin-Orbitronics at Transition Metal Interfaces

Aurelien Manchon, Abderrezak Belabbes

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The presence of large spin–orbit interaction at transition metal interfaces enables the emergence of a variety of fascinating phenomena that have been at the forefront of spintronics research in the past 10 years. The objective of the present chapter is to offer a review of these various effects from a theoretical perspective, with a particular focus on spin transport, chiral magnetism, and their interplay. After a brief description of the orbital hybridization scheme at transition metal interfaces, we address the impact of spin–orbit coupling on the interfacial magnetic configuration, through the celebrated Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction. We then discuss the physics of spin transport and subsequent torques occurring at these interfaces. We particularly address the spin Hall, spin swapping, and inverse spin-galvanic effects. Finally, the interplay between flowing charges and chiral magnetic textures and their induced dynamics are presented. We conclude this chapter by proposing some perspectives on promising research directions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-89
Number of pages89
JournalSolid State Physics
StatePublished - Nov 9 2017

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors are grateful for the inspiring discussions with S. Blügel, G. Bihlmayer, P.M. Haney, S. Grytsyuk, G. Gaudin, M. Miron, V. Baltz, M. Kläui, H. Yang, J. Sinova, T. Jungwirth, X. Waintal, M. Chshiev, X.X. Zhang, J. Kosel, and B. Nikolić. This work is supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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