What is it about?

As a quasi-layered ferrimagnetic material, Mn3Si2Te6 nanoflakes exhibit magnetoresistance behavior that is fundamentally different from their bulk crystal counterparts. They offer three key properties crucial for spintronics. First, at least 106 times faster response compared to that exhibited by bulk crystals has been observed in current-controlled resistance and magnetoresistance. Second, ultralow current density is required for resistance modulation (∼5 A/cm2). Third, electrically gate-tunable magnetoresistance has been realized. Theoretical calculations reveal that the unique magnetoresistance behavior in the Mn3Si2Te6 nanoflakes arises from a magnetic field induced band gap shift across the Fermi level. The rapid current induced resistance variation is attributed to spin−orbit torque, an intrinsically ultrafast process (∼nanoseconds). This study suggests promising avenues for spintronic applications.

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Why is it important?

Electrically controlled magnetism has been a long-term pursuit in the field of spintronics. With electrically controlled magnetic states, various spintronic devices, such as spin−orbit torque devices and spin field effect transistors can be realized without externally applied magnetic fields. This is vital in realizing ultrahigh density magnetic memory and logic devices.


In addition, it highlights Mn3Si2Te6 nanoflakes as a suitable platform for investigating the intriguing physics underlying chiral orbital moments, magnetic field induced band variation, and spin torque.

Dr. Yuanjun Yang
Hefei University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Electrically Tunable, Rapid Spin–Orbit Torque Induced Modulation of Colossal Magnetoresistance in Mn3Si2Te6 Nanoflakes, Nano Letters, April 2024, American Chemical Society (ACS),
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.4c00054.
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