Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 320–322

Giant magnetoresistance of granular microwires: Spin-dependent scattering in integranular spacers

Authors

    • Moscow State University
  • M. Ilyn
    • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country)
  • A. Zhukov
    • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country)
  • V. Zhukova
    • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country)
  • J. Gonzalez
    • Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country)
Magnetism

DOI: 10.1134/S1063783411020107

Cite this article as:
Granovsky, A.B., Ilyn, M., Zhukov, A. et al. Phys. Solid State (2011) 53: 320. doi:10.1134/S1063783411020107

Abstract

The anomalous behavior of magnetoresistance has been revealed in a number of granular microwires. In contrast to the giant magnetoresistance of granular alloys, which is associated with the spin-dependent scattering in the bulk of grains and at their surface, is linear in the square of the magnetization, and decreases with an increase in temperature, the magnetoresistance, for example, in Co10Cu90 microwires is negative, increases with an increase in temperature below the Curie temperature, and does not reach saturation in the field dependence in the high-field range. A simple mechanism of negative giant magnetoresistance due to scattering of spin-polarized charge carriers by impurity magnetic moments localized in the nonmagnetic intergranular spacers has been proposed taking into account that a considerable part of magnetic ions in microwires exhibiting this behavior is dissolved in the intergranular spacers. It has been shown that the corresponding contribution to magnetoresistance can reach 10–20%.

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