Low field intergranular tunneling effect in CrO2 nanoparticles and characterization of the barriers
The magnetoresistance (MR) and microstructures of half-metallic CrO2 nanoparticle systems were studied. Using field alignment, the needle-shaped CrO2 single domain particles were aligned in the same orientation. The MR of this structure showed a magnetic junction-like behavior with two well-separated peaks in the MR at coercivity fields and the MR of the aligned CrO2 particles reached >41% at a relatively low field of about 1000 Oe. The magnetotransport mechanism was analyzed in terms of spin dependent tunneling between CrO2 nanoparticles. Using transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, ...
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