The rich physics associated with magnetism often centers around directional effects. Here we demonstrate how spin-transfer torques in general result in unidirectional ferromagnetic resonance dynamics upon field reversal. The unidirectionality is a direct consequence of both field-like and damping-like dynamic torques simultaneously driving the motion. This directional effect arises from the field-like torque being odd and the damping-like torque being even under field reversal. The directional effect is observed when the magnetization has both an in-plane and out-of-plane component, since then the linear combination of the torques rotates with a different handedness around the magnetization as the magnetization is tipped out-of-plane. The effect is experimentally investigated via spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance measurements with the field applied at arbitrary directions away from the interface normal. The measured asymmetry of the voltage spectra are well explained within a phenomenological torque model.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics