Large low-field tunneling magnetoresistance of CrO2/(CrO2∕Cr2O3) powder compact with two coercivities, A
journal contributionposted on 22.03.2005, 00:00 by Jingping Wang, Ping Che, Jing Feng, Minfeng Lu, Jianfen Liu, Jian Meng, Yuanjia Hong, Jinke Tang
Two channels of the conductance G exist in cold-pressed powder compacts of CrO2/(CrO2/Cr2O3), where two types of granules have different coercivities. One of the channels is the spin-dependent intergranular tunneling conductance, and the other one is the spin-independent higher-order inelastic hopping conductance. The conductance is mainly related with the spin-dependent tunneling channel at low temperature. A large low field tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of 30.4% is achieved in 950 Oe field at 2 K. The reason is the relative orientation of the magnetization that tends to be antiparallel between the two coercivities. Field dependence of the tunneling magnetoresistance shows two better-separated peaks than that of CrO2 powder compact. The results suggest that the introduction of CrO2/Cr2O3 improves low field sensitivity, TMR, and switching characteristics.