Surface Spin-Valve Effect
2007 (English)In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 7, no 4, 927-931 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report an observation of spin-valve-like hysteresis within a few atomic layers at a ferromagnetic interface. We use phonon spectroscopy of nanometer-sized point contacts as an in situ probe to study the mechanism of the effect. Distinctive energy phonon peaks for contacts with dissimilar nonmagnetic outer electrodes allow localizing the observed spin switching to the top or bottom interfaces for nanometer thin ferromagnetic layers. The mechanism consistent with our data is energetically distinct atomically thin surface spin layers that can form current- or field-driven surface spin-valves within a single ferromagnetic film.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 7, no 4, 927-931 p.
Interfaces (materials); Nanostructured materials; Phonons; Spectroscopic analysis; Surface treatment; Thin films; Phonon spectroscopy; Surface spin-valve effects; Thin surface spin layers
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8678DOI: 10.1021/nl0628192ISI: 000245600500014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34248187016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8678DiVA: diva2:14062
QC 201008182008-06-042008-06-042010-08-18Bibliographically approved