Inverse giant magnetoresistance in FeCu Gd1-x Cox spin-valves

D. Z. Yang, B. You, Xixiang Zhang, T. R. Gao, S. M. Zhou*, J. Du

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Abstract

For bottom spin-valves of NiOCu Gd1-x Cox, giant magnetoresistance has been measured as a function of thickness and composition of GdCo layers as well as temperature. For all spin-valves involved here, the giant magnetoresistance has been attributed to contributions of spin-dependent scattering at interfaces and in bulk. The interfacial contribution produces positive giant magnetoresistance ratio for various compositions of GdCo alloys. However, the bulk contribution produces negative one for the Co contents from 50 at. % to a critical value xC (R) (between 69 at. % and 77 at. %) and positive one for higher Co contents. It is suggested that the interfacial asymmetric factor of spin-dependent scattering is larger than 1.0 at the CuGdCo for various alloy compositions of GdCo and that the bulk asymmetric factor in GdCo layer is smaller and larger than 1.0 for Co contents below and above xC (R), respectively. For spin valves with Co contents below and/or above xC (R), the giant magnetoresistance ratio varies nonmonotonically and/or monotonically as a function of the GdCo layer thickness (temperature) for a specific temperature (a specific GdCo layer thickness), respectively. The change of the bulk asymmetric factor in the GdCo layer with the alloy composition can be attributed to the variation of either the spin alignment of Co and Gd atoms or the spin polarization of the GdCo layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024411
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 20 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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