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Current-driven magnetization switching in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions

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8 Author(s)
J. Hayakawa ; Nano system laboratory, Hitachi Advanced research Laboratory, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan; Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, RIEC, Tohoku university, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan ; S. Ikeda ; Y. Lee ; R. Sasaki
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The current-driven magnetization switching in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with various free layer materials including synthetic structure was studied in this paper. The MTJ films were deposited on SiO2/Si substrates using RF magnetron sputtering. The tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratios and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the the MTJs were measured at room temperature using a dc four-probe method and with a magnetic field of up to 1 kOe. The TMR ratio and the current-driven magnetization switching at critical current densities were shown as a function of annealing temperature for two types of MTJs with different free layer.

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INTERMAG 2006 - IEEE International Magnetics Conference

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8-12 May 2006