We investigated current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) magnetotransport parameters of FexCo100-x/Ag interfaces: interface specific resistance (ARF/N), extended interface resistance (AR∗F/N), and spin scattering asymmetry (γ). We also investigated the dependence of interfacial parameters on the giant magnetoresistance effect with CPP geometry. For measuring these parameters, we prepared magnetic multilayers and pseudo spin valves (PSVs), combining the ferromagnetic (F) alloys Fe, Co, Fe50Co50, and Fe30Co70 with the nonmagnetic (N) metal Ag. In all cases, the largest ARF/N value was found to be ∼0.68 mΩ μm2 with an enhanced AR∗F/N value of ∼1.9 mΩ μm2 for a (001)-oriented Fe/Ag interface, which suggests that spin-up and spin-down electrons on the Fermi surface have very different transmission probabilities. Such an interface can act as a spin filter through which only one type of electrons can pass.
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