Spin-Polarized Current and Spin-Transfer Torque in Magnetic Multilayers

  • John Slonczewski

We expose the theory of quantized spin-polarized electron transport perpendicular to the plane of a magnetic multilayer with non-collinear magnetization vectors. The dependence of resistance and current-driven torque on relative angle between 2 magnetic moments of a multilayer pillar are derived. Spacers of both metallic and insulating tunnel-barrier types are considered. The classical Landau-Lifshitz equation describes the dynamics of the magnetization created by spintransfer torque.


Fermi Surface Magnetic Tunnel Junction Spin Channel Spin Accumulation Remanent State 
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© Springer 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Slonczewski
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  1. 1.IBM Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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