Electron transport in magnetic inhomogeneous media

Horacio E. Camblong, Peter M. Levy, Shufeng Zhang

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Abstract

Giant magnetoresistance has been observed in both magnetic multilayers and magnetic granular solids. We develop a framework for unifying these particular realizations of inhomogeneous magnetic media, based on the real-space Kubo formula. It constitutes a spin-dependent form of linear response theory, associated with internal spin-dependent fields arising from spin accumulation; moreover, we discuss the physical meaning of these spin dependences. For magnetic multilayers we discuss the particular cases of collinear and noncollinear configurations, and we consider limiting cases of the elastic mean-free path to inhomogeneity-scale ratio for granular solids. Furthermore, we introduce the concept of magnetically self-averaging systems, which include the current perpendicular to the plane geometry of multilayers and granular solids. In the limit of no spin-flip scattering, we show that there are no length scales associated with the magnetoresistance of self-averaging structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16052-16072
Number of pages21
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume51
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Magnetic multilayers
Giant magnetoresistance
electrons
Magnetoresistance
scale (ratio)
Multilayers
Scattering
Geometry
mean free path
inhomogeneity
Electron Transport
geometry
configurations
scattering

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Electron transport in magnetic inhomogeneous media. / Camblong, Horacio E.; Levy, Peter M.; Zhang, Shufeng.

In: Physical Review B, Vol. 51, No. 22, 1995, p. 16052-16072.

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Camblong, Horacio E. ; Levy, Peter M. ; Zhang, Shufeng. / Electron transport in magnetic inhomogeneous media. In: Physical Review B. 1995 ; Vol. 51, No. 22. pp. 16052-16072.
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