We have investigated the structure of Co2MnSi/MgO/Co2MnSi magnetic tunneling junctions with different tunnel magnetoresistance values depending on the in situ annealing temperatures just after the deposition of the upper Co2MnSi electrodes. The nano-beam diffraction patterns indicated that the degree of order of the upper Co2MnSi electrode annealed at 550 °C was higher than that of an electrode annealed at 400 °C. Moreover, the degree of the L21 order of the upper Co2MnSi electrode annealed at 550 °C was even lower than that of the lower Co2MnSi electrode annealed at an almost equal temperature of 600 °C. Atomic-scale observation using a high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) method distinctly showed the existence of the L21-ordered regions in the B2-ordered matrix in the upper Co2MnSi electrode annealed at 400 °C.
- Magnetic tunnel junction
- Transmission electron microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics