TITLE

Exchange Bias Tuning for Magnetoresistive Sensors by Inclusion of Non-Magnetic Impurities

AUTHOR(S)
Sharma, Parikshit Pratim; Albisetti, Edoardo; Monticelli, Marco; Bertacco, Riccardo; Petti, Daniela
PUB. DATE
July 2016
SOURCE
Sensors (14248220);Jul2016, Vol. 16 Issue 7, p1030
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The fine control of the exchange coupling strength and blocking temperature ofexchange bias systems is an important requirement for the development of magnetoresistive sensors with two pinned electrodes. In this paper, we successfully tune these parameters in top- and bottom-pinned systems, comprising 5 nm thick Co40Fe40B20 and 6.5 nm thick Ir22Mn78 films. By inserting Ru impurities at different concentrations in the Ir22Mn78 layer, blocking temperatures ranging from 220 °C to 100 °C and exchange bias fields from 200 Oe to 60 Oe are obtained. This method is then applied to the fabrication of sensors based on magnetic tunneling junctions consisting of a pinned synthetic antiferromagnet reference layer and a top-pinned sensing layer. This work paves the way towards the development of new sensors with finely tuned magnetic anisotropies.
ACCESSION #
120513704

 

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