Chirality-sensitive domain wall motion in spin-orbit coupled ferromagnets
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OriginalversjonPhysical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2013, 87 (5), . 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.054434
Using the Lagrangian formalism, we solve analytically the equations of motion for current-induced domain wall dynamics in a ferromagnet with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. An exact solution for the domain wall velocity is provided, including the effect of nonequilibrium conduction electron spin density, Gilbert damping, and the Rashba interaction parameter. We demonstrate explicitly that the influence of spin-orbit interaction can be qualitatively different from the role of nonadiabatic spin torque in the sense that the former is sensitive to the chirality of the domain wall whereas the latter is not: the domain wall velocity shows a reentrant behavior upon changing the chirality of the domain wall. This could be used to experimentally distinguish between the spin-orbit and nonadiabatic contribution to the wall speed. A quantitative estimate for the attainable domain wall velocity is given, based on an experimentally relevant set of parameters for the system.