A systematic, quantitative study of the effect of interface roughness and disorder on the magnetoresistance of FeCo|vacuum|FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions is presented based upon parameter-free electronic structure calculations. Surface roughness is found to have a very strong effect on the spin-polarized transport while that of disorder in the leads (leads consisting of a substitutional alloy) is weaker but still sufficient to suppress the huge tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) predicted for ideal systems.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|