Spin-dependent CPP transport in SnOx/Co multilayers

K. Matsuyama, Y. Sawamoto, K. Nishihata

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In this article, we report on a spin-dependent CPP transport observed in novel semiconductive-oxide/ferromagnet multilayers of [SnOx(t nm)/Co(30 nm)/SnOx(t nm)/Co(2 nm)/NiFe(16 nm)/Co(2 nm)]×9, deposited with a multi-target magnetron sputtering system. The measured electrical conductivity σ shows a linear behaviour in the ln(σ) vs. T-1 plot at the temperature range of 120<T<170 K, which demonstrates thermionic electron transport through the SnOx layer. The thermal activation energy for the transport was evaluated as an order of 0.01 erg from the linear part of the plot. Though the values of α show marked scattering, the mean value decreases from +3.0×10-3 (t = 4 nm) to -3.5×10-3 (t = 32 nm) with the increase of t. Negative magnetoresistance was observed in two orthogonal directions of in-plane external fields. An MR ratio of 0.24% (ΔR = 0.20 Ω, Rs = 83 Ω) is observed at room temperature for the multilayer with t = 16 nm, where the saturation field is 350 Oe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 3rd International Symposium on Metallic Multilayers (MML-98) - Vancouver, BC, Can
Duration: Jun 14 1998Jun 19 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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