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Extraction of the spin torque non-adiabaticity from thermally activated domain wall hopping

We investigate the non-adiabaticity of current-induced domain wall motion by time resolved analysis of thermally activated domain wall motion between two metastable states within a Co/Pt multilayer wire with a strong uniaxial perpendicular anisotropy. By measuring the dwell times for which the domain wall remains in one state, we deduce the non-adiabaticity factor beta using two independent approaches: (i) the dependence of the dwell times on the injected current and (ii) the current-field equivalency. The comparison of the results allows us to gauge their reliability and the observed differences highlight the importance of the two dimensional (2D) nature of the domain wall. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3663215]


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