Magnetic properties, interlayer exchange coupling and electric transport in Fe/Cr/Fe trilayers

A. Vernes, P. Weinberger, C. Blaas, P. Mohn, L. Szunyogh, P. M. Levy, C. Sommers

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Based on the fully relativistic spin-polarized screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method and the Kubo-Greenwood equation as formulated for layered systems the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) as well as the magneto-resistance (MR) for the current in-plane (CIP) geometry is calculated for Fe/Cr/Fe trilayer systems. For the IEC not only short periods of 2 monolayers (ML) but also long periods of about 18 ML are found. For large Cr thicknesses the magnetic moments oscillate with a period of 8-9 ML for even numbers of Cr layers and 18 for odd. The calculated CIP MR and corresponding resistivities are in the range of available experimental data. It is found that the peaks in the CIP MR have little in common with the oscillation periods characterizing the IEC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-104
Number of pages20
JournalPhilosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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