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Readout performance of confined-current-path current-perpendicular-to-plane heads

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10 Author(s)
Tanaka, Atsushi ; Fujitsu Labs. Ltd., Kanagawa, Japan ; Seyama, Yoshihiko ; Jogo, A. ; Oshima, H.
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Current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) spin valve (SV) films with nano-oxide layers have been developed. The enhancement of giant magnetoresistance by inserting the current confining layer between free and pinned layers was confirmed by the calculation of the current-flow distribution using a finite-element model. For the bottom-type spin valve films with the structure of PdPtMn/CoFeB/Ru/CoFeB/Cu/oxidized CoFeB(t nm)/Cu/CoFeB, MR ratio of 5.0% and RA of 0.6 Ω·μm2 were obtained at t=1.2 nm. The merged head using the CPP-SV film with a nano-oxide layer whose MR ratio was 3.2% was fabricated. The magnetic read core width was 130 nm when the physical free-layer width was 100 nm. 0.91 mVp-p output voltage was obtained at the sense current of 4.8 mA which corresponds to the average current density of 19 MA/cm2.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 1 )