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Title: Correlation between the spin Hall angle and the structural phases of early 5d transition metals

We have studied the relationship between the structure and the spin Hall angle of the early 5d transition metals in X/CoFeB/MgO (X = Hf, Ta, W, and Re) heterostructures. Spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) is used to characterize the spin Hall angle of the heavy metals. Transmission electron microscopy images show that all underlayers are amorphous-like when their thicknesses are small, however, crystalline phases emerge as the thickness is increased for certain elements. We find that the heavy metal layer thickness dependence of the SMR reflects these changes in structure. The largest spin Hall angle |θ{sub SH}| of Hf, Ta, W, and Re (∼0.11, 0.10, 0.23, and 0.07, respectively) is found when the dominant phase is amorphous-like. We find that the amorphous-like phase not only possesses large resistivity but also exhibits sizeable spin Hall conductivity, which both contribute to the emergence of the large spin Hall angle.
Authors:
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  1. National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22486198
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 23; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CORRELATIONS; HEAVY METALS; IMAGES; LAYERS; MAGNESIUM OXIDES; MAGNETORESISTANCE; SPIN; THICKNESS; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY