We grew a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) with a top electrode consisting of a Mn3Ge film using a thin Co-Fe alloy film as a seed layer. X-ray diffraction showed that the Mn3Ge had (001)-oriented D022 structure epitaxially grown on an MgO(001) substrate. Magnetic hysteresis loops suggested that the D022-Mn3Ge film possessed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. A magnetoresistance (MR) ratio of 11.3% was observed in the microfabricated MTJ at room temperature. The resistance-field curve suggested that the top-Co-Fe and D022-Mn3Ge layer are weakly coupled antiferromagnetically. The optimization of top-Co-Fe composition would improve MR ratio.
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