Influence Of Substitutional Disorder In Magnetic Alloy Fe1-XCoX On Spin-Dependent Tunneling

  • Illya Marushchenko AE Enschede, The Netherlands
  • V. Karpan MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Nikolay Azarenkov V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • P. Kelly AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Keywords: spin-polarized transport, magnetic tunnel junction, surface states, disorder


A quantitative study of the influence of substitutional disorder on the transport properties of Fe1-xCox / вакуум / Fe1-xCox magnetic tunnel junctions is presented. From the first principle calculations with taking into account the parameter-free electronic structure it has been found that the substitutional disorder produces a strong effect on the spin-polarized transport in the limit of low concentration of Co in Fe1-xCox alloy, and is negligible when the concentration of cobalt in alloy is larger than 40%. The obtained results are important for understanding the mechanisms responsible for the giant tunneling magnetoresistance.


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Marushchenko, I., Karpan, V., Azarenkov, N., & Kelly, P. (2012). Influence Of Substitutional Disorder In Magnetic Alloy Fe1-XCoX On Spin-Dependent Tunneling. East European Journal of Physics, (1001(2), 97-103. Retrieved from