A link between exchange anisotropy and magnetoresistance has been found to occur in a Ni/NiO sample consisting of Ni nanocrystallites (mean size 13nm,Ni content 33 vol% )dispersed in a NiO matrix.This material shows metallic-type electric conduction and isotropic spin-dependent magnetoresistance as well as exchange bias effect.The latter is the outcome of an exchange anisotropy arising from the contact interaction between the Ni phase and the NiO matrix. Combined analysis of magnetization M(H) and magnetoresistance MR(H) loops measured in the 5–250 K temperature range after zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and after field-cooling (FC) from 300 K reveals that the magnetoresistance is influenced by exchange anisotropy, which is triggered by the FC process and can be modified in strength by varying the temperature. Compared to the ZFC case, the exchange anisotropy produces a horizontal shift of the FC MR (H) loop along with a reduction of the MR response associated to the reorientation of the Ni moments. A strict connection between magnetoresistance and remanent magnetization of FC loops on one side and the exchange field on the other,ruled by exchange anisotropy is indicated.
|Titolo:||Magnetoresistance of nanogranular Ni/NiO controlled by exchange anisotropy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.jmmm.2013.03.012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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