Vector-resolved magnetooptic kerr effect measurements of spin-orbit torque

Halise Celik, Harsha Kannan, Tao Wang, Alex R. Mellnik, Xin Fan, Xinran Zhou, Rasoul Barri, Daniel C. Ralph, Matthew F. Doty, Virginia O. Lorenz, John Q. Xiao

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We demonstrate simultaneous detection of current-driven dampinglike and fieldlike spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/ferromagnetic metal bilayers by measuring all three magnetization components mx,my, and mz using a vector-resolved magnetooptic Kerr effect (MOKE) technique based on quadrant detection. We investigate the magnitude and direction of spin-orbit torques in a series of platinum/permalloy samples, finding good agreement with results obtained via polar and quadratic MOKE measurements without quadrant detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8556064
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • Magneto-optic effects
  • spintronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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