Accession Number:

ADA496631

Title:

Dependence of Noise in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Sensors on Annealing Field and Temperature

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NEBRASKA UNIV LINCOLN DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Report Date:

2008-03-07

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

The minimum detectable field of magnetoresistive sensors is limited by their intrinsic noise. Magnetization fluctuations are one of the crucial noise sources and are related to the magnetization alignment at the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic interface. In this study, we investigated the low frequency noise of magnetic tunnel junctions MTJs annealed in the temperature range from 265 to 305 degrees C and magnetic fields up to 7 T, either in helium or hydrogen environments. Our results indicate that the magnetic fluctuators in these MTJs changed their frequency based on annealing field and temperature. The noise of the MTJs at low frequency can be reduced by annealing in high magnetic field 7 T and further improved by annealing in a hydrogen environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE