Exchange-biased magnetic tunnel junctions with antiferromagnetic epsilon-Mn3Ga

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Kurt H. , Rode K., Tokuc H., Stamenov P., Venkatesan M., Coey J. M. D.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, vol.101, no.23, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 101 Issue: 23
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.4768941
  • Title of Journal : APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS


Oriented c-axis films of the hexagonal triangular antiferromagnetic epsilon-Mn3Ga have been used in bottom-pinned synthetic antiferromagnet magnetic tunnel junctions with MgO barriers, which show up to 150% tunneling magnetoresistance at room temperature. Exchange bias fields as high as 150mT can be achieved for samples field-cooled from 100 degrees C. Thin films of the antiferromagnet have a Neel temperature in excess of 650K and provide an interface exchange energy with CoFe of 0.09 mJ m(-2). They show an isotropic uncompensated magnetization of M-s = 48 kA m(-1), with a coercivity mu H-0(c) > 3T. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. []