Sub-micron scale relief structures of GMR materials fabricated by half-milling control

Y. Nozaki, T. Misumi, K. Matsuyama

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We have investigated the magneto-transport properties of a GMR material consisting of CoPt(10 nm)/Cu(10 nm)/NiFe(6 nm) in which only the top NiFe layer is patterned by the half-milling technique. The top NiFe film was structured into a two-dimensional particle array with lateral dimensions of w = 0.2 μm and aspect ratio L/w = 1, 2, 4 or 8. From MR measurements, the remanent magnetization of the NiFe particle array was found to gradually decrease with L/w, which can be ascribed to the relative increase of an end domain area in the particles. The longitudinal switching field Hswt markedly decreases as L/w < 2. From the micromagnetic simulation, it was found that the decrease of Hswt was caused by the change of switching configuration from an edge reversal to a coherent rotation with decreasing L/w.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-239
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetization reversal
  • Micromagnetic simulation
  • Spin valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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