The Influence of Magnetic Anisotropy on Current-Induced Spindynamics

  • Jürgen Lindner
  • Daniel E. Bürgler
  • Stéphane Mangin
Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 246)


The chapter provides a short and intuitive introduction to the basic concept of spin-transfer torque and the field of spin-torque driven magnetization dynamics in nanopillar systems. The influence of spin-polarized currents on magnetic nano-objects may lead to current-induced magnetization reversal as well as current-driven magnetization dynamics. The quantities that determine the critical currents for magnetization switching and the influence of the relative orientation of magnetization and current polarization are discussed. We focus on the nanopillar geometry and address the influence of magnetic anisotropy on the spin-torque driven spindynamics. Selected experimental examples are given to illustrate the interplay between magnetic anisotropy and spin-transfer torque.


Magnetization Reversal Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy Shape Anisotropy Free Layer Spin Angular Momentum 
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We thank all our former and present coworkers who have contributed to the results presented here. This work was supported by the DFG, SFB 491, in parts by the Friends contract of the French National Research Agency (ANR) and by the NSF Award #1008654.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Lindner
    • 1
  • Daniel E. Bürgler
    • 2
  • Stéphane Mangin
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Physics and Center for Nanointegration (CeNIDE)University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Peter Grünberg Institute, Electronic Properties (PGI-6) and Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (JARA-FIT)Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany
  3. 3.Institut Jean Lamour Boulevard des Aiguillettes, Nancy-Université, CNRSVandoeuvre lés NancyFrance

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