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A two-band model of spin-polarized transport in Fe/Cr/MgO/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions

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Vedyaev, A. ; SPINTEC, URA 2512 CEA/CNRS, CEA/Grenoble, 38024 Grenoble Cedex 9, France ; Ryzhanova, N. ; Strelkov, N. ; Chshiev, M.
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Theoretical studies of spin dependent transport in Fe/Cr/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions with noncollinear alignment of magnetizations of metallic layers comprising these magnetic tunnel junctions are presented. Calculations are performed with use of nonequilibrium Green function technique in the framework of the Keldysh formalism. Electronic band structure of ferromagnetic electrodes is modeled within a two-band model with majority and minority states being s-like and d-like electrons, respectively. Furthermore, interfacial s-d hybridization is taken into account and calculated using perturbation corrections for the wave and Green functions. It is shown that in the presence of Cr layer at the Fe/MgO interface, the contribution from s-d hybridization to the total current is much stronger in the antiparallel magnetizations configuration compared to the parallel one leading to decrease in tunnel magnetoresistance values in agreement with earlier reports.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:107 ,  Issue: 9 )