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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 11756
School of Nano Science
  Title:   The interfacial roughness effect on spin-dependent transport in nonplanar junctions with double magnetic barriers
1.  Ali Asghar Shokri
2.  Zh. Ebrahiminejad
3.  S. F. Masoudi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Thin Solid Films
  No.:  7
  Vol.:  519
  Year:  2011
  Pages:   8
  Publisher(s):   Elsevier B.V.
  Supported by:  IPM
In this paper, we use the transfer matrix method to study the effect of roughness with nonplanar interfaces on spin-dependent transport properties in a magnetic tunnel junction, which consists of two ferromagnetic semiconductor barriers separated by a nonmagnetic (NM) layer. This trilayer is sandwiched between two NM electrodes. The roughness is modeled as a periodic corrugation interface. Based on the effective mass approximation, the spin-dependent transmission probability, and also the dependence of tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) and electron spin polarization (SP) on the center nonmagnetic layer quantum well width are studied, theoretically, at several different temperatures. The numerical results show that the SP and TMR have an oscillatory behavior as a function of NM layer thickness and the interface roughness/islands degrade the transmission probability. Our results may be useful for the development of nanoelectronic devices.

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