The magneto-ionic effect is a promising method to control the magnetic properties electrically. Charged mobile oxygen ions can easily be driven by an electric field to modify the magnetic anisotropy of a ferromagnetic layer in contact with an ionic conductor in a solid-state device. In this paper, we report on the room temperature magneto-ionic modulation of the magnetic anisotropy of ultrathin CoFeB films in contact with a GdOxlayer, as probed by polar micro-Magneto Optical Kerr Effect during the application of a voltage across patterned capacitors. Both Pt/CoFeB/GdOxfilms with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and Ta/CoFeB/GdOxfilms with uniaxial in-plane magnetic anisotropy in the as-grown state exhibit a sizable dependence of the magnetic anisotropy on the voltage (amplitude, polarity, and time) applied across the oxide. In Pt/CoFeB/GdOxmultilayers, it is possible to reorient the magnetic anisotropy from perpendicular-to-plane to in-plane, with a variation of the magnetic anisotropy energy greater than 0.2 mJ m-2. As for Ta/CoFeB/GdOxmultilayers, magneto-ionic effects still lead to a sizable variation of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy, but the anisotropy axis remains in-plane.

Magneto-ionic effect in CoFeB thin films with in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane magnetic anisotropy

Baldrati, L.;Bertacco, R.;
2017

Abstract

The magneto-ionic effect is a promising method to control the magnetic properties electrically. Charged mobile oxygen ions can easily be driven by an electric field to modify the magnetic anisotropy of a ferromagnetic layer in contact with an ionic conductor in a solid-state device. In this paper, we report on the room temperature magneto-ionic modulation of the magnetic anisotropy of ultrathin CoFeB films in contact with a GdOxlayer, as probed by polar micro-Magneto Optical Kerr Effect during the application of a voltage across patterned capacitors. Both Pt/CoFeB/GdOxfilms with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and Ta/CoFeB/GdOxfilms with uniaxial in-plane magnetic anisotropy in the as-grown state exhibit a sizable dependence of the magnetic anisotropy on the voltage (amplitude, polarity, and time) applied across the oxide. In Pt/CoFeB/GdOxmultilayers, it is possible to reorient the magnetic anisotropy from perpendicular-to-plane to in-plane, with a variation of the magnetic anisotropy energy greater than 0.2 mJ m-2. As for Ta/CoFeB/GdOxmultilayers, magneto-ionic effects still lead to a sizable variation of the in-plane magnetic anisotropy, but the anisotropy axis remains in-plane.
Magneto-ionic effect; Electric control of magnetization
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