Giant magnetoresistance and electronic structure

Kees M. Schep*, Paul J. Kelly, Gerrit E W Bauer

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The electronic structure of magnetic multilayers is expected to play an important role in determining their transport properties. We explain how the conductance through a ballistic point contact is related to simple geometrical projections of the Fermi surface. The essential physics is first discussed for simple model systems and then realistic results for magnetic metallic multilayers based on first principles band structure calculations are presented. The electronic structure is shown to make an important contribution to the perpendicular giant magnetoresistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventMRS Spring Meeting 1995 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 17 Apr 199521 Apr 1995


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