Giant Coulomb blockade magnetoresistance in magnetic tunnel junctions with a granular layer

X. G. Zhang, Z. C. Wen, H. X. Wei, X. F. Han

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Abstract

We show that the Coulomb blockade voltage can be made to depend strongly on the electron spin in a discontinuous magnetic granular layer inserted in the middle of an insulating layer of a tunnel junction. This strong spin dependence is predicted from the local intergranular magnetoresistance effects, including giant magnetoresistance (GMR), tunneling magnetoresistance, colossal magnetoresistance, or GMR through a polymer spacer. The resulting Coulomb blockade magnetoresistance (CBMR) ratio can exceed the magnetoresistance ratio of the granular layer itself by orders of magnitude. Unlike other magnetoresistance effects, the CBMR effect does not require magnetic electrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155122
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume81
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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