Giant magnetoresistance of electrodeposited Co/Cu multilayers

S.K.J. Lenczowski, C. Schönenberger, M.A.M. Gijs, W.J.M. Jonge, de

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We report on the structural and electrical characterization of electrodeposited Co/Cu multilayers grown in a single electrolyte based on CoSO4 and CuSO4. A high degree of crystallographic orientation and superlattice coherence is found in the growth on (100)- and (111)-oriented substrates. The magnetoresistance (MR), measured in the current-in-plane configuration at room temperature, is dominated by the giant MR effect for Cu-layer thicknesses and by the anisotropic MR effect for . A maximum of 14% is measured for dCu ˜ 4 nm. No evidence for antiferromagnetic coupling is found. Instead, the giant MR gradually diminishes with decreasing dCu <4 nm which is attributed to ferromagnetic coupling due to magnetic pinholes. The influence of the Cu2+-ion concentration, the addition of levelling agents, and the Co-and Cu-layer thicknesses on the structure and magnetoresistance is systematically investigated. Especially the use of levelling agents has a catastrophic effect on the structural quality of the multilayers and on the magnitude of the MR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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