Low frequency magnetoresistive noise in spin-valve structures

Ozbay, A.; Gokce, A.; Flanagan, T.; Stearrett, R. A.; Nowak, E. R.; Nordman, C.
May 2009
Applied Physics Letters;5/18/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 20, p202506
Academic Journal
We report on resistance noise in spin-valve structures that is due to reconfigurations in domain structure of the magnetic layers. 1/f noise from the free layer and pinned layer is evident and its magnitude is in good agreement with predictions from the fluctuation dissipation relation using the imaginary (dissipative) component of the measured resistance susceptibility. In addition, we find that the imaginary component is dependent on applied magnetic field, being larger for layers that exhibit pronounced magnetic hysteresis. A magnetoresistive 1/f noise parameter is proposed, and benchmark values for a variety of spin-valve devices are reported.


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