We have fabricated granular nanobridge structures consisting of electrodes separated by a nanometer-sized gap in which a thin insulating CoAlO granular film is filled, and measured the current-bias voltage characteristics in a magnetic field to investigate the spin-dependent transport. The Coulomb blockade with a clear threshold voltage (Vth) is observed at 4.2 K. Tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) is enhanced by fabricating nanobridges. TMR shows a maximum exceeding about 30% at the voltage slightly above Vth. This enhancement is explained by the orthodox theory of single, electron tunneling in ferromagnetic multiple tunnel junctions.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)