Investigation of the tunnel magnetoresistance in junctions with a strontium stannate barrier

28 Jul 2016  ·  Althammer Matthias, Singh Amit Vikam, Keshavarz Sahar, Yurtisigi Mehmet Kenan, Mishra Rohan, Borisevich Albina, LeClair Patrick, Gupta Arunava ·

We experimentally investigate the structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties of La$_{0.67}$Sr$_{0.33}$MnO$_{3}$ based magnetic tunnel junctions with a SrSnO$_3$ barrier. Our results show that despite the large number of defects in the strontium stannate barrier, due to the large lattice mismatch, the observed tunnel magnetoresistance is comparable to tunnel junctions with a better lattice matched STiO$_3$ barrier, reaching values of up to 350% at T=5 K. Further analysis of the current-voltage characteristics of the junction and the bias voltage dependence of the observed tunnel magnetoresistance show a decrease of the TMR with increasing bias voltage... In addition, the observed TMR vanishes for T>200 K. Our results suggest that by employing a better lattice matched ferromagnetic electrode and thus reducing the structural defects in the strontium stannate barrier even larger TMR ratios might be possible in the future. read more

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