We fabricated fully epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions with LiF tunnel barriers on Si (100) substrates with high-vacuum electron-beam deposition. By changing the thickness of the LiF barrier, tunnel magnetoresistance of up to 90% at 77 K (17% at room temperature) was observed at = 2.8 nm. The magnetoresistance ratio as a function of the LiF barrier thickness shows a similar trend with that in magnetic tunnel junctions using epitaxial MgO barriers. There is a rapid decrease of the magnetoresistance ratio with increasing bias-voltage and temperature, indicating the presence of imperfections in the LiF barriers.
Tunnel magnetoresistance in epitaxial (100)-oriented FeCo/LiF/FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions
Qian Xue, Yihang Yang, Zhiwei Gao, Fen Liu, Qiang Li, Shandong Li, Guo-Xing Miao; Tunnel magnetoresistance in epitaxial (100)-oriented FeCo/LiF/FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions. Appl. Phys. Lett. 7 November 2016; 109 (19): 192407. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4967473
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