Magnetic properties of specular spin-valves containing nano-oxide layers

J. C.S. Kools, S. B. Sant, K. Rook, W. Xiong, Faiz Dahmani, W. Ye, J. Nuñez-Regueiro, Y. Kawana, M. Mao, K. Koi, H. Iwasaki, M. Sahashi

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Nano-Oxide Layers (NOL) have been introduced recently as a means to enhance the degree of specular scattering at the outer surfaces in a spin-valve, while still using metallic antiferromagnets such as PtMn or IrMn. A key requirement of the NOL layer in the pinned layer is to be able to provide strong ferromagnetic coupling between two ferromagnetic layers. In this paper, a quantitative study of the ferromagnetic interlayer coupling over the NOL-layer is presented. A Stoner-Wohlfarth model is developed to allow for quantitative analysis. The effect of different metal deposition methods (PVD or IBD), different pinning structures (PtMn and IrMn; simple and synthetic) and different oxidation methods on the coupling is compared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783-1785
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number4 I
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Joint Magnetism and Magnetic Materials -International Magnetic Conference- (MMM-Intermag) - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 2001 Jan 72001 Jan 11


  • Magnetoresistance
  • Specular reflection
  • Spin-valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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