Models for magnetoresistance in tunnel junctions

S. Zhang, P. M. Levy

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We show there are putative pitfalls when one predicts the magnetoresistance of magnetic tunnel junctions (JMR) based on different toy models. Amongst them are the sensitivity of the MR to the details of the profile of the potential barrier between the metallic electrodes and the insulating barrier, and the common assumption of only one band of electrons. We indicate the ingredients that are necessary to obtain a more complete description of the JMR of magnetic tunnel junctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-606
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2 1999


  • 73.40.Gk Tunneling
  • 73.50.Jt galvanomagnetic and other magnetotransport effects (including thermomagnetic effects)
  • 75.70.Cn Interfacial magnetic properties (multilayers, magnetic quantum wells, superlattices, magnetic heterostructures)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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