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Magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2Cr1-xFexAl full Heusler alloy thin films with the L21 structure

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5 Author(s)
Hirohata, A. ; CREST, Japan Sci. & Technol. Agency, Kawaguchi, Japan ; Kurebayashi, H. ; Okamura, S. ; Tezuka, N.
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Ferromagnetic Co2Cr1-xFexAl thin films were deposited onto GaAs substrates by co-evaporation with molecular beam epitaxy. The film stoichiometry was obtained by in situ Auger electron spectroscopy analysis. Growth temperature was optimized to be 673 K by identifying superlattice peaks in X-ray diffraction patterns. Isotropic hysteresis with saturation magnetization of 100 emu/cm3 was obtained for x=0. On the other hand, for 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 1, strong uniaxial anisotropy is observed with hard axes. Also by utilizing these films, magnetic tunnel junctions (GaAs/Co2Cr1-xFexAl/Al-O(or MgO)/Co0.9Fe0.1/Ru/Co0.9Fe0.1/Au) were fabricated. It showed a very small tunnel magnetoresistance ratio of less than 2% at 5 K. Spin polarization of the film was also estimated. The magnetic properties, especially magnetic moments near the interfaces can be improved by elimination of atomic disorder.

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Magnetics Conference, 2005. INTERMAG Asia 2005. Digests of the IEEE International

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4-8 April 2005