Many future concepts for spintronic devices are based on the current-driven motion of magnetic domain walls through nanowires. Consequently a thorough understanding of the domain wall mobility is required. However, the magnitude of the nonadiabatic component of the spin-transfer torque driving the domain wall is still debated today as various experimental methods give rise to a large range of values for the degree of nonadiabaticity. Strikingly, experiments based on vortex domain wall motion in magnetic nanowires consistently result in lower values compared to other methods. Based on the micromagnetic simulations presented in this contribution we can attribute this discrepancy to the influence of distributed disorder which vastly affects the vortex domain wall mobility, but is most often not taken into account in the models adopted to extract the degree of nonadiabaticity.
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