Use of voltage pulses to detect spin-polarized tunneling

Yamada, T. K.; Bischoff, M. M. J.; Mizoguchi, T.; van Kempen, H.
March 2003
Applied Physics Letters;3/3/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 9, p1437
Academic Journal
The present letter describes a method to make a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy tip by applying voltage pulses between a W tip and a magnetic sample. This spin-polarized tip has the similar characteristics as an Fe-coated W tip, which was confirmed by observations of antiferromagnetically coupled ferromagnetic Mn(001) layers (> 3 ML) grown on an Fe(001) whisker at 370 K. Furthermore, we demonstrate that these voltage pulses can vary the tip magnetization direction.


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