Growth, strain, and spin-orbit torques in epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sb films sputtered on GaAs

N. Zhao, A. Sud, H. Sukegawa, S. Komori, K. Rogdakis, K. Yamanoi, J. Patchett, J. W.A. Robinson, C. Ciccarelli, H. Kurebayashi

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We report current-induced spin torques in epitaxial NiMnSb films on a commercially available epiready GaAs substrate. The NiMnSb was grown by cosputtering from three targets using optimized parameters. The films were processed into microscale bars to perform current-induced spin-torque measurements. Magnetic dynamics were excited by microwave currents, and electric voltages along the bars were measured to analyze the symmetry of the current-induced torques. We found that the extracted symmetry of the spin torques matches those expected from spin-orbit interaction in a tetragonally distorted half-Heusler crystal. Both fieldlike and dampinglike torques are observed in all the samples characterized, and the efficiency of the current-induced torques is comparable to that of ferromagnetic metal/heavy-metal bilayers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014413
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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