Effect of coulomb blockade on magnetoresistance in ferromagnetic tunnel junctions

S. Takahashi, S. Maekawa

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We study spin-dependent electron tunneling in ferromagnetic junctions containing small metallic islands. The tunneling matrix elements depend on the relative direction of magnetization of the island and electrodes. The dependence of the matrix elements amplifies the cotunneling in the Coulomb blockade regime. We show that in single-electron ferromagnetic transistors the magnetoresistance is strongly enhanced by the Coulomb blockade. The results provide a theoretical basis for recent experiments on ferromagnetic single-electron transistors, ferromagnetic double tunnel junctions, and ferromagnetic granular materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1758-1761
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Feb 23
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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