Chiral spintronics

See Hun Yang*, Ron Naaman, Yossi Paltiel, Stuart S.P. Parkin*

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As spins move through a chiral electric field, the resulting spin current can acquire chirality through a spin–orbit interaction. Such spin currents are highly useful in creating spin–orbit torques that can be used to manipulate chiral topological magnetic excitations, for example, chiral magnetic domain walls or skyrmions. When the chiral domain walls form composite domain walls, via an antiferromagnetic exchange coupling, novel phenomena, including an exchange coupling torque and domain wall drag, are observed. Here, we review recent progress in the generation and functionalities of spin currents derived from or acting on chiral structures. By bringing together advances in chiral molecules, chiral magnetic structures and chiral topological matter, we provide an outlook towards potential applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)328-343
Number of pages16
JournalNature Reviews Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021

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