Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Applied Physics Letters, Volume 91, Number 17 (2007)
Keywords:bismuth compounds, exchange bias, Heterojunctions, Ion exchange, magnetoresistance, Multiferroic antiferromagnets, Paramagnetic resonance, room temperature, Spin valve structures, Thermal effects
We report the growth and characterization of exchange bias and spin valve heterostructures based on the multiferroic antiferromagnet BiFe O3 on Si (001) substrates. Using Co0.9 Fe0.1 as the ferromagnet, we demonstrate heterostructures with large negative exchange bias and negligible training (or a decrease in exchange bias field as a function of repeated magnetic cycling) at room temperature. We additionally report the manufacture of spin valve structures that have been found to have current in-plane magnetoresistance of over 2.25% at room temperature. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.
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