K. Olejnik, T. Seifert, Z. Kaspar, V. Novak, P. Wadley, R.P. Campion, M. Baumgartner, P. Gambardella, P. Nemec, J. Wunderlich, J. Sinova, M. Muller, T. Kampfrath, and T. Jungwirth:
Science Advances 4 (3), eaar3566 (2018), pp. 8;
arXiv:1711.08444 [physics.app-ph] (2017), pp.16;
The speed of writing of state-of-the-art ferromagnetic memories is physically limited by an intrinsic GHz threshold. Recently, an alternative research direction has been initiated by realizing memory devices based on antiferromagnets in which spin directions periodically alternate from one atomic lattice site to the next. In our work we experimentally demonstrate at room temperature that the speed of reversible electrical writing in a memory device can be scaled up to THz using an antiferromagnet. Efficient current-induced spin-torque mechanism is responsible for the switching in our memory devices throughout the twelve orders of magnitude range of writing speeds from Hz to THz. Our work opens the path towards the development of memory-logic technology reaching the elusive THz band.
The original publication is available by link DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar3566