Marrows, C.H., Hickey, B.J., Malinowska, M. and Meny, C. (1997) Effects of impurity atoms on sputtered GMR multilayers. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 33 (5 (Par). pp. 3673-3675. ISSN 0018-9464
We have investigated the effects of residual gas impurity atoms on interlayer exchange coupling and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in Co(9Ä)/Cu(9Ä) multilayers. Structural analysis was performed by Co(59) NMR. We deposited sub-monolayer quantities of residual gases at different points in the Co/Cu bilayer; the interfaces, or the middle of the Cu spacers or CO magnetic layers. Impurities at the interface lower the GMR and increase remenant fraction and saturation field. We are able to model these results phenomenologically by adding biquadratic coupling. Impurities in the bulk of the Cu layers lower GMR still further, and such samples are well described by models containing almost 100% biquadratic coupling. We have demonstrated that the ttansport parameters in our samples are largely unaffected by small quantities of impurities, but that the interlayer coupling is extremely sensitive to them, particularly in the bulk of the Cu spacer layers.
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|Institution:||The University of Leeds|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences (Leeds) > School of Physics and Astronomy (Leeds)|
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|Date Deposited:||10 Oct 2005|
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