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In this contribution, experimental results on the fabrication and magnetic characterization of a novel type vertical Fe/GaAs(100)/Fe spin-valve (SV) spintronic device are presented. An array of techniques has been developed by combining use of ex-situ chemical and selective etching of GaAs/AlGaAs/n-GaAs epilayers and ultrahigh vacuum deposition of Fe by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The thinnest achievable GaAs membrane by these sequences can be as thin as 50 nm.
Date of Conference: 14-16 Oct. 2010