Combined Spin Valve and Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in NiFe/Cu/NiFe Layered Thin Films


We present a theoretical study of the combined effect of spin valve and anisotropic magnetoresistance in NiFe/Cu/NiFe layered thin films, using an extended form of the semiclassical Camley and Barnás model for electron transport. The anisotropic magnetoresistance is treated by introducing spin-dependent anisotropic mean free paths in the NiFe layers. From calculations of both magnetoresistance effects as a function of NiFe and Cu thickness, we discuss the validity of a description of the combined effect in terms of a simple summation of spin valve and anisotropic magnetoresistance.

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Rijks, T., Coehoornb, R. & De Jongea, W. Combined Spin Valve and Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in NiFe/Cu/NiFe Layered Thin Films. MRS Online Proceedings Library 313, 283–288 (1993).

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