Giant magnetoresistance and magnetic anisotropy of Co9Fe/Cu/Co9Fe multilayer thin films on an MgO(110) substrate

Koichiro Inomata, Yoshiaki Saito

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Magnetoresistive effects have been investigated using Co9Fe/Cu/Co9Fe that were deposited on an MgO(110) substrate by ion beam sputtering with a 21‐A‐thick CU layer and with various thicknesses of the Co9Fe films. The influence of a 50‐A‐thick Fe buffer layer has also been investigated. In addition to a cubic symmetry anisotropy (K1), an in‐plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy (Ku) was induced, which easy axis is parallel to the (110) plane of the MgO substrate and the (001) plane with and without the 50‐A‐thick Fe buffer layer, respectively. The magnetoresistance (MR) ratio decreased monotonically with increasing thickness of the Co9Fe films from 25 A to 70 A. A maximum MR ratio of 11.5 percent was obtained at room temperature. With increasing magnetic field, the MR ratio reached a plateau gradually after a steep drop at small magnetic fields without the Fe buffer layer. It reached a plateau rapidly at small magnetic fields with the Fe buffer layer. By considering both Ku and K1, these behaviors can be accounted for by the magnetization processes involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalElectrical Engineering in Japan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • CoFe
  • Cu
  • Giant magnetoresistance effect
  • magnetic anisotropy
  • magnetization processes
  • thin film sandwiches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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