Giant Magnetoresistance in (Ni60Co30Fe10/Cu) Trilayer Growth by Opposed Target Magnetron Sputtering
The giant magnetoresistance thin film of (Ni60Co30Fe10/Cu) trilayer were grown onto Si (100) substrate by dc-opposed target magnetron sputtering (dc-OTMS) technique. The growth parameters are: temperature of 100 0C, applied voltage of 600 volt, flow rate of Ar gas of 100 sccm, and growth pressure of 5.2 x10-1 Torr. The effects of Cu layer thickness and NiCoFe layer thickness on giant magnetoresistance (GMR) property of (Ni60Co30Fe10/Cu) trilayer were studied. We have found that the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) ratio of the sample was varied depend on the non-magnetic (Cu) layer thickness. The variation of Cu layer thickness presents an oscillatory behavior of GMR ratio. This oscillation reflects the exchange coupling oscillations between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic states, which are caused by an oscillation in the sign of the interlayer exchange coupling between ferromagnetic layers. The GMR ratio is change with increasing of NiCoFe layer thickness and presents GMR ratio of 70.0 % at tNiCoFe = 62.5 nm.
Chunxiang Cui, Yali Li and Zhihao Yuan
Ramli et al., "Giant Magnetoresistance in (Ni60Co30Fe10/Cu) Trilayer Growth by Opposed Target Magnetron Sputtering", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 535-537, pp. 1319-1322, 2012