Transport Properties in All Oxide Magnetic Multilayers
The all oxide magnetic multilayer system [LaNiO3/SmFeO3]n (for n = 1 and 2), grown on single crystal SrTiO3(100) substrates, has been produced using the laser MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxy) technique. We have made a systematic study of the electrical transport properties in the temperature range from 15–300K. As part of this work, we have made a detailed study of the metallic properties of the LaNiO3 layer as a function of the oxygen partial pressure (pO2) and substrate temperature (TS). We have measured magnetic layers of SmFeO3 with LaNiO3 electrodes as a function of the magnetic layer thickness (10 – 470 nm). A non-metallic behaviour is observed with evidence of a “hopping” mechanism at low temperatures. For the n = 2 multilayers, we have measured the temperature dependence of resistance for the sample series with varying LaNiO3 interlayer thickness (t = 2 – 30 nm). We observe an appreciable increase of the low temperature resistance for the interlayer thicknesses between 3.75 – 7.5 nm. This could indicate a change in coupling from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic between the magnetic layers.
António Torres Marques, António Fernando Silva, António Paulo Monteiro Baptista, Carlos Sá, Fernando Jorge Lino Alves, Luís Filipe Malheiros and Manuel Vieira
H. Sobreiro et al., "Transport Properties in All Oxide Magnetic Multilayers", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 587-588, pp. 318-322, 2008