Structural, Magnetic and Transport Properties of Co2Cr 1-xFexAl Full-Heusler Alloys

Susumu Okamura, Ryota Goto, Nobuki Tezuka, Satoshi Sugimoto, Koichiro Inomata

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The structural, magnetic and transport properties are investigated for the full-Heusler alloy Co2(Cr1-xFex) Al (CCFA) thin films deposited on thermally oxidized Si substrates at room temperature (RT). X-ray diffraction reveals that the films possess the B2 structure for x=0, decrease the atomic site ordering by substituting Fe for Cr (x=0.4∼0.6) and form the A2 structure for x=1. Both the magnetic moment and the Currie temperature of the films increase with increasing Fe content (x), although the moment for x<1 is significantly smaller than that of the calculated value for the L21 structure. Spin-valve type tunneling junctions with CCFA films are also fabricated by using metal masks, which demonstrate tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of 19% for x=0.4 at RT and 27% at 5 K despite the atomic site disorder. This is the largest TMR observation at RT with half metallic ferromagnets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb


  • B2 structure
  • Full-Heusler alloy
  • Half-metallic ferromagnet
  • Thin film
  • Tunneling magnetoresistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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