Formation and developments of spintronics research field

Terunobu Miyazaki, Mikihiko Oogane, Yuuya Sakuraba, Daisuke Watanabe, Resul Yilgin, Akimasa Sakuma, Yasuo Ando, Hitoshi Kubota

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History about the research of magnetoresistance effect was reviewed. Also, we looked back on the research trends in the past when both giant magnetoresistance of Fe/Cr multi layered films and large tunnel magnetoresistance at room temperature were found. Special emphasis was placed on the recent developments of huge TMR ratio for both MgO barrier tunnel junctions and Heusler alloy electrode tunnel junctions which contribute further to the development of spinelectronic research fields. Principle and importance of spin-transfer torque were also explained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalFuntai Oyobi Fummatsu Yakin/Journal of the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb


  • Giant magnetoresistance effect
  • Heusler alloys
  • MgO barrier
  • Spin-polarization
  • Spin-transfer torque
  • Spintronics
  • Tunnel magnetoresistance


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