Matos-Abiague, Alex and Fabian, Jaroslav (2009) Anisotropic tunneling magnetoresistance and tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance: Spin-orbit coupling in magnetic tunnel junctions. Physical Review B (PRB) 79, p. 155303.
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The effects of the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on the tunneling magnetoresistance of ferromagnet/semiconductor/normal-metal tunnel junctions are investigated. Analytical expressions for the tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) are derived within an approximation in which the dependence of the magnetoresistance on the magnetization orientation in the ferromagnet originates from the interference between Bychkov-Rashba and Dresselhaus SOCs that appear at junction interfaces and in the tunneling region. We also investigate the TAMR effect in ferromagnet/semiconductor/ferromagnet tunnel junctions. The conventional tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) measures the difference between the magnetoresistance in parallel and antiparallel configurations. We show that in ferromagnet/semiconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures, because of the SOC effects, the conventional TMR becomes anisotropic—we refer to it as the anisotropic tunneling magnetoresistance (ATMR). The ATMR describes the changes in the TMR when the axis along which the parallel and antiparallel configurations are defined is rotated with respect to a crystallographic reference axis. Within the proposed model, depending on the magnetization directions in the ferromagnets, the interplay of Bychkov-Rashba and Dresselhaus SOCs produces differences between the rates of transmitted and reflected spins at the ferromagnet/semiconductor interfaces, which results in an anisotropic local density of states at the Fermi surface and in the TAMR and ATMR effects. Model calculations for Fe/GaAs/Fe tunnel junctions are presented. Finally, based on rather general symmetry considerations, we deduce the form of the magnetoresistance dependence on the absolute orientations of the magnetizations in the ferromagnets.
|Date:||6 April 2009|
|Institutions:||Physics > Institute of Theroretical Physics > Chair Professor Richter > Group Jaroslav Fabian|
|Projects:||SFB 689: Spinphänomene in reduzierten Dimensionen|
|Keywords:||Fermi surface, ferromagnetic materials, gallium arsenide, III-V semiconductors, iron, magnetisation, spin-orbit interactions, tunnelling magnetoresistance|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 530 Physics|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Owner:||Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Fabian|
|Deposited On:||29 Jun 2009 11:45|
|Last Modified:||28 Oct 2009 12:54|