Research on spintronics and on multiferroics leads now to the possibility of combining the properties of these materials in order to develop new functional devices. Here we report the integration of a layer of magnetostrictive material into a magnetic tunnel junction. A FeGa/MgO/Fe heterostructure has been grown on a GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and studied by X-ray magnetic cir- cular dichroism (XMCD). The comparison between magneto optical Kerr effect (MOKE) measurements and hysteresis performed in total electron yield allowed distinguishing the ferromagnetic hysteresis loop of the FeGa top layer from that of the Fe buried layer, evidencing a different switching field of the two layers. This observation indicates an absence of magnetic coupling between the two ferromagnetic layers despite the thickness of the MgO barrier of only 2.5 nm. The in-plane magnetic anisotropy has also been investigated. Overall results show the good quality of the heterostructure and the general feasibility of such a device using magnetostrictive materials in magnetic tunnel junction.
|Titolo:||FeGa/MgO/Fe/GaAs(001) magnetic tunnel junction: growth and magnetic properties|
|Parole Chiave:||magnetostrictive; galfenol; magnetic tunnel junction; XMCD|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1-giu-2015|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Moscow State University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.jmmm.2014.10.046|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|