Role of phonon skew scattering in the spin Hall effect of platinum

G. V. Karnad, C. Gorini, K. Lee, T. Schulz, R. Lo Conte, A. W. J. Wells, D. -S. Han, K. Shahbazi, J. -S. Kim, T. A. Moore, H. J. M. Swagten, U. Eckern, R. Raimondi, M. Kläui

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We measure and analyze the effective spin Hall angle of platinum in the low residual resistivity regime by second harmonic measurements of the spin-orbit torques for a multilayer of Pt/Co/AlO$_x$. An angular dependent study of the torques allows us to extract the effective spin Hall angle responsible for the damping-like torque in the system. We observe a strikingly non-monotonic and reproducible temperature dependence of the torques. This behavior is compatible with recent theoretical predictions which include both intrinsic and extrinsic (impurities and phonons) contributions to the spin Hall effect at finite temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100405(R)
JournalPhysical Review B : Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2018


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