Perpendicular transport through magnetic multilayers

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A theory of the perpendicular transport of electrons through metallic multilayers based on the Landauer-B̈ttiker formalism is presented and applied to the magnetoresistance of antiferromagnetically coupled magnetic multilayers. The contributions of contact potential, interface roughness, and bulk impurity scattering to the spin-selective transmission or spin-valve effect are described by a simple closed formula which, in the absence of spin-flip scattering, unites previous approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1676-1679
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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