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We report on the magneto-transport measurements of MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) composed of NiFeSiB/CoFeB as the free layer for two different structures (top-type and bottom-type pinning). The magneto-transport properties of these MTJs were investigated by varying the thickness of the amorphous NiFeSiB layer for a fixed CoFeB thickness. The tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR), measured in both type of structures, exhibit the same or a higher amplitude (up to 230% measured at room temperature in the case of top-type device), comparing to the case of a single CoFeB free layer. These results suggest that hybrids free layers can be used as good candidates for MTJs with reduced saturation magnetization while keeping a high TMR ratio.
Date of Publication: June 2009