Effects of interface intermixing on the magnetoresistance of spin valves with uncoupled Co-layers

M.M.H. Willekens, Th.G.S.M. Rijks, H.J.M. Swagten, W.J.M. de Jonge

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We have studied the effect of an artificially intermixed region grown at the interfaces of Co/Cu spin valves with uncoupled layers. Two different structures are used: exchange-biased spin valves and engineered spin valves in which two layers are antiferromagnetically coupled and a third layer, on top of this system, is not coupled to the other two. It is shown that structural effects, induced by variation of the deposition parameters and by the intermixing can play an important role. Since the present study uses sputtered layers an intrinsic initial intermixing of 4-5 angstrom is already present. For both types of spin valves Gp, ΔG and ΔR/R all show a gradual decrease when the nominal thickness of the total intermixed region is enlarged from 0 to 36 angstrom. Also when the initial degree of intermixing is decreased by sputtering at higher Ar-pressure, Gp, ΔG and ΔR/R still show a gradual decrease as a function of intermixed layer thickness. Combined with the fact that there is no difference between an intermixed region of thickness t at one Co/Cu interface or intermixed regions of thickness t/2 at two interfaces, this indicates that the electron scattering in the intermixed region is predominantly spin independent, although this region preserves a magnetic moment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagnetic ultrathin films, multilayers and surfaces : symposium held April 17-20, 1995, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
EditorsE.E. Marinero, B. Heinrich, W.F. Egelhoff
Place of PublicationPitsburgh
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1-55899-287-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995
Event1995 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 18 Apr 199521 Apr 1995

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Conference1995 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Internet address


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