Interlayer coupling and magnetoresistance in FeSi multilayers with semiconducting spacers

K. Inomata, K. Yusu, Y. Saito

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Two different types of antiferromagnetic (AF) interlayer coupling as a function of Si layer thickness tSi were observed in a series of (2.6 nm Fe-tSi nm Si)22 multilayers prepared by ion beam sputtering on thermally oxidized Si substrates. One AF coupling was observed around tSi = 1.2 nm at room temperature and changed into ferromagnetic (F) coupling at low temperature. This phenomenon was ascribed to a narrow gap semiconductor with impurity states in the energy gap formed at the interface. The other AF coupling was observed for tSi thicker than 1.5 nm Si, with a minimum around tSi = 2.5 nm, which was almost temperature independent; this was attributed to the formation of an amorphous Si layer for the thicker Si layers. Negative magnetoresistance was observed in the multilayers with AF coupling, which had a similar temperature dependence to that of the AF coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Apr


  • Exchange interactions
  • Magnetic field effect
  • Metal-semiconductor-metal structures
  • Thin film


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