Crossover from diffusive to ballistic transport properties in magnetic multilayers

Y. N. Qi, S. Zhang

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We develop a theoretical model for computing the spin-dependent transport properties of magnetic multilayers in the presence of ballistic scattering at the interfaces and diffusive scattering within the layers for currents perpendicular to the plane of the layers. The local chemical potentials are found to be momentum and spin dependent in the vicinity of regions with ballistic scattering. We have derived the approximate macroscopic equations from the Boltzmann equation by taking into account both ballistic and diffusive scattering. With these equations, realistic data of the reflection coefficients from ab initio calculations can be explicitly included in computing magnetotransport properties. We apply our formulation to a number of interesting magnetic multilayer structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number214407
Pages (from-to)2144071-2144078
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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