Annealing Effects on the Microstructure and Magnetoresistance of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with MgO-Barrier
Authors: Tian, H. F.; Ren, C.; Yang, H. X.; Li, J. Q.; Liu, Xiaoyong; Shen, W. F.; Xiao, G.
Source: Journal of Advanced Microscopy Research, Volume 5, Number 1, April 2010 , pp. 51-55(5)
Publisher: American Scientific Publishers
Abstract:Thermal annealing effect on the microstructure and potential distribution for Co40Fe40B20/MgO/Co40Fe40B20 magnetic tunnel junctions is investigated by high-resolution electron microscopy and electron holography. The experimental results demonstrate that thermal annealing could result in notable crystallization in both ferromagnetic electrodes and MgO barriers and could also yield sharper interfaces and symmetrical potential for CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB junctions. The effective barrier height for CoFeB/MgO is estimated to be about 2.45 eV, in fundamentally agreement with the data of the magnetoresistance and the I–V characteristics. These results suggest that the microstructure of the MTJs play an important role for the coherent tunneling processes that give rise to the large tunnel magnetoresistance.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2010
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