Spin-dependent single-electron-tunneling effects in epitaxial Fe nanoparticles

Ermult, F.; Yamane, K.; Mitani, S.; Yakushiji, K.; Takanashi, K.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Hono, K.
April 2004
Applied Physics Letters;4/19/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 16, p3106
Academic Journal
Fe/MgO/Fe nanoparticles/MgO/Co double tunnel junctions were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy for current-perpendicular-to-plane transport measurements on submicrometer-sized pillars. Microstructural observations indicate that the samples exhibit a fully epitaxial layered structure with sharp and flat interfaces including well-defined separated Fe nanoparticles between the barriers. The introduction of asymmetric MgO tunnel barriers, i.e., with different thicknesses, in the double junction leads to a clear observation of Coulomb staircase and associated tunnel magnetoresistance oscillations. An estimation of the capacitance of the system indicates that these transport phenomena are due to charging effects of the magnetic particles. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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