Tunneling magnetoresistance values above 20% and 40% were obtained for as-deposited and annealed tunnel junctions, Ta/NiFe/Cu/NiFe/IrMn/CoFe/Al-oxide/CoFe/NiFe/Ta, respectively. Exchange biasing field increased from 270 to 550 Oe after annealing resulting from sharpening of the IrMn/CoFe interface. dV/dI vs. V curves showed asymmetric profiles, which were due to asymmetry of the CoFe/Al-oxide interfaces and difference in microstructure of the CoFe layers.
- Annealing effect
- Exchange biasing
- Transmission electron microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics