All-metallic lateral spin valves using Co 2Fe(Ge 0.5Ga 0.5) Heusler alloy with a large spin signal

Y. K. Takahashi*, S. Kasai, S. Hirayama, S. Mitani, K. Hono

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A large spin signal (ΔR s) of 12.8 m at room temperature is demonstrated in an all-metallic lateral spin valve (LSV) device comprising of ferromagnetic wire of a highly spin-polarized Co 2Fe(Ge 0.5Ga 0.5) Heusler alloy and a Cu wire. From the results on multi-terminal LSV devices, the origin of the large ΔR s was concluded to be the high spin polarization of Co 2Fe(Ge 0.5Ga 0.5) and the resultant small spin absorption. The all-metallic LSV device without MgO barrier has low contact resistance, which is considered to be beneficial for a high frequency ultrathin read sensor for the next generation ultrahigh density magnetic recording.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052405
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 30
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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