A new magnetic field sensor is presented, based on perpendicular hot electron transport in a giant magnetoresistance (Co/Cu)4 multilayer, which serves as a base region of an n-silicon metal-base transistor structure. A 215% change in collector current is found in 500 Oe (77 K), with typical characteristics of the spin-valve effect. The in-plane magnetoresistance was only 3%. The transistor structure allows the investigation of energy resolved perpendicular transport properties, and in particular spin-dependent scattering of hot electrons in transition-metal as well as rare-earth-based multilayers.
- SMI-NE: From 2006 in EWI-NE