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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
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Influence of Au and Ag at the Interface of Sputtered Giant Magnetoresistance Fe/Cr Multilayers

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Multilayer films consisting of 20 A Fe and 15 A Cr with amounts of Au and Ag varying from 0 to 4A deposited at alternate Fe/Cr interfaces have been rf diode sputtered and their magnetic and magnetotransport properties measured. When no noble metal is included the films exhibit strong antiparallel coupling between adjacent Fe layers, with saturation fields as large as 7 kOe; and giant magnetoresistance (GMR), 60/0 at 300K, similar to MBE grown films reported by others. The interruption of intimate contact between Fe and Cr at the interface resulting from noble metal deposition gives rise to a substantial decrease in both the magnitude of the GMR and interfacial coupling. This suggests that the mechanism of GMR is associated with Fe and Cr in contact, as is required by models invoking spin dependent impurity scatcering. These results also suggest that the antiparallel coupling arises from direct exchange. © 1990 IEEE

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01 Jan 1990

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

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