CPP transport in Fe/Cr/Fe trilayers with Mn impurities: An ab initio study

H. C. Herper, P. Entel, L. Szunyogh, P. Weinberger

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The influence of Mn impurities on the electric transport properties of Fe/Cr/Fe sandwiches has been investigated as a function of the thickness of the Cr layer by employing the Kubo-Greenwood equation. The electronic and magnetic properties of the Fe/Cr sandwich-structures have been evaluated within the screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method for layered systems. In this article, two types of impurities are studied: atomic layers of Mn placed on top of the Cr layers, and spacers consisting of disordered CrMn alloys. In agreement with experimental findings it is found that the size of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) is not much affected by Mn impurities. However, Mn is known to transform the spin density wave (SDW) of Cr into a commensurate antiferromagnetic structure. These kinds of changes in the magnetic coupling are reflected in the GMR. The present results show that 5% of Mn in the spacer is sufficient to destroy the SDW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalPhase Transitions
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004



  • Electric transport
  • Giant magnetoresistance
  • Kubo-Greenwood equation
  • Magnetic multilayers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Materials Science(all)

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