Volume 68, Number 1, October 2004
|100 - 105
|Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
|01 September 2004
Structural and magnetic properties of oxide films : A possible candidate for all-oxide TMR junctions?
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität Göttingen Tammannstr. 1, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 9 August 2004
In search of a magnetic oxide, which is insensitive to oxygen at interfaces and thus appropriate as an electrode layer for tunneling junction applications, we prepared thin films of by reactive DC-magnetron sputtering technique and investigated the relation between structural and magnetic properties. The results suggest that the films consist of two disorded phases, a -rich and a -rich. It was found that the degree of film homogeneity and thus the magnetic nature depends on preparation conditions such as film thickness and deposition rate. A second magnetic phase with a high saturation field, which is present in thicker films, could therefore be reduced by decreasing the film thickness. Consequently, the thinnest film (10) is nearly single phased and exhibits an excellent uniaxial anisotropy with a coercive field of 16 along the easy axis. Additionally, thermomagnetic measurements were carried out to understand annealing-induced effects. A clear improvement with increased saturation magnetisation () and decreased was observed, which can be attributed to structural relaxation and phase separation caused by annealing.
PACS: 75.70.-i – Magnetic properties of thin films, surfaces, and interfaces / 75.50.-y – Studies of specific magnetic materials
© EDP Sciences, 2004
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