Gigantic anisotropy of self-induced spin-orbit torque in Weyl ferromagnet Co2MnGa

Motomi Aoki, Yuefeng Yin, Simon Granville, Yao Zhang, Nikhil V. Medhekar, Livio Leiva, Ryo Ohshima, Yuichiro Ando, Masashi Shiraishi

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Spin-orbit torque (SOT) is receiving tremendous attention from both fundamental and application-oriented aspects. Co2MnGa, a Weyl ferromagnet that is in a class of topological quantum materials, possesses cubic-based high structural symmetry, the L21 crystal ordering, which should be incapable of hosting anisotropic SOT in conventional understanding. Here we show the discovery of a gigantic anisotropy of self-induced SOT in Co2MnGa. The magnitude of the SOT is comparable to that of heavy metal/ferromagnet bilayer systems, despite the high inversion symmetry of the Co2MnGa structure. More surprisingly, a sign inversion of the self-induced SOT is observed for different crystal axes. This finding stems from the interplay of the topological nature of the electronic states and their strong modulation by external strain. Our research enriches the understanding of the physics of self-induced SOT and demonstrates a versatile method for tuning SOT efficiencies in a wide range of materials for topological and spintronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6951–6957
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2023


  • spin Hall effect
  • spin orbit torque
  • spintronics
  • Weyl semimetal

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