JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, cilt.97, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
We compare magnetoresistances (MR) and switching currents (I(s)) at room temperature (295 K) and 4.2 K for Permalloy/N/Permalloy nanopillars undergoing current-induced magnetization switching (CIMS), with nonmagnetic metals N=Cu, Ag, and Au. The N-metal thickness is held fixed at 10 nm. Any systematic differences in MR and I(s) for the different N-metals are modest, suggesting that Ag and Au represent potentially viable alternatives for CIMS studies and devices to the more widely used Cu. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.