Magnetoresistance in Ni80Fe20/Cu/Ni 80Fe20/Fe50Mn50 spin valves with low coercivity and ultrahigh sensitivity

Th.G.S.M. Rijks, W.J.M. de Jonge, W. Folkerts, J.C.S. Kools, R. Coehoorn

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We present magnetoresistance measurements on Ni80Fe 20/Cu/Ni80Fe20/Fe50Mn50 spin valves with crossed anisotropies: the easy magnetization direction of the unbiased Ni80Fe20 layer is perpendicular to the exchange biasing field which effectively works on the second Ni80Fe 20 layer due to the interaction with the Fe50Mn 50 layer. The hysteresis in the low-field magnetoresistance is less than 0.03 kA/m, which is ten times smaller than the hysteresis for similar materials with parallel anisotropies. The sensitivity (∂R/R )/∂H ranges from 8% to 18%/(kA/m), depending on the preparational method. To our knowledge this combination of very high sensitivity and very low coercivity has not been reported before.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)916-918
Aantal pagina's3
TijdschriftApplied Physics Letters
Volume65
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 dec 1994

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