Magnetomechanical interplay in spin-polarized point contacts

M. Stamenova, Sudhakar Sahoo, C.G. Sanchez, Tchavdar Todorov, S. Sanvito

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We investigate the interplay between magnetic and structural dynamics in ferromagnetic atomic point contacts. In particular, we look at the effect of the atomic relaxation on the energy barrier for magnetic domain wall migration and, reversely, at the effect of the magnetic state on the mechanical forces and structural relaxation. We observe changes of the barrier height due to the atomic relaxation up to 200%, suggesting a very strong coupling between the structural and the magnetic degrees of freedom. The reverse interplay is weak; i.e., the magnetic state has little effect on the structural relaxation at equilibrium or under nonequilibrium, current-carrying conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number094439
Pages (from-to)094439-094439
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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