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Thermal magnetization noise in spin valves

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2 Author(s)
Smith, N. ; IBM Almaden Res. Center, San Jose, CA, USA ; Arnett, Patrick

Thermal magnetization fluctuations (mag-noise) in giant magnetoresistive (GMR) spin valve (or any MR) heads will serve as a fundamental limit on their signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR). Measured mag-noise in several varied spin-valve read sensors is shown to be in good quantitative agreement with predictions based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. The dependence of mag-noise and head-SNR on sensor geometry and other device parametrics is discussed.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 1 )