Magnetization reversal in trilayer structures consisting of GaMnAs layers with opposite signs of anisotropic magnetoresistance

Kyung Jae Lee, Sangyeop Lee, Seul Ki Bac, Seonghoon Choi, Hakjoon Lee, Jihoon Chang, Suho Choi, Phunvira Chongthanaphisut, Sanghoon Lee, X. Liu, M. Dobrowolska, J. K. Furdyna

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Magnetization reversal in a GaMnAs trilayer system consisting of two GaMnAs layers separated by a Be-doped GaAs spacer was investigated by magnetotransport measurements. The rotation of magnetization in the two GaMnAs layers is observed as two abrupt independent transitions in planar Hall resistance (PHR). Interestingly, one GaMnAs layer manifests a positive change in PHR, while the other layer shows a negative change for the same rotation of magnetization. Such opposite behavior of the two layers indicates that anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) has opposite signs in the two GaMnAs layers. Owing to this opposite behavior of AMR, we are able to identify the sequence of magnetic alignments in the two GaMnAs layers during magnetization reversal. The PHR signal can then be decomposed into two independent contributions, which reveal that the magnetic anisotropy of the GaMnAs layer with negative AMR is predominantly cubic, while it is predominantly uniaxial in the layer with positive AMR. This investigation suggests the ability of engineering the sign of AMR in GaMnAs multilayers, thus making it possible to obtain structures with multi-valued PHR, that can be used as multinary magnetic memory devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2288
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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