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Title: Sub-nanosecond signal propagation in anisotropy-engineered nanomagnetic logic chains

Energy efficient nanomagnetic logic (NML) computing architectures propagate binary information by relying on dipolar field coupling to reorient closely spaced nanoscale magnets. In the past, signal propagation in nanomagnet chains were characterized by static magnetic imaging experiments; however, the mechanisms that determine the final state and their reproducibility over millions of cycles in high-speed operation have yet to be experimentally investigated. Here we present a study of NML operation in a high-speed regime. We perform direct imaging of digital signal propagation in permalloy nanomagnet chains with varying degrees of shape-engineered biaxial anisotropy using full-field magnetic X-ray transmission microscopy and time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy after applying nanosecond magnetic field pulses. Moreover, an intrinsic switching time of 100 ps per magnet is observed. In conclusion these experiments, and accompanying macrospin and micromagnetic simulations, reveal the underlying physics of NML architectures repetitively operated on nanosecond timescales and identify relevant engineering parameters to optimize performance and reliability.
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  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA (United States)
  3. Thorlabs Inc., Newton, NJ (United States)
  4. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Daegu Gyeongbuk Inst. of Science and Technology (Korea)
  5. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  6. iRunway, Santa Clara, CA (United States)
  7. Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR (United States)
  8. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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