Applied Physics Letters

Two-dimensional magnetic switching of micron-size films in magnetic tunnel junctions

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The magnetic switching behavior of micron-size magnetic tunnel junctions has been studied in two-dimensional magnetic fields. By measuring junction resistance, we obtain information about the magnetization state of the free ferromagnetic layer. Magnetic properties of this layer are explored using the Stoner-Wohlfarth rotational model as a starting point. We use geometric parameters of the critical curves to obtain information about interlayer coupling and domain structure effects in the free layer. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.