Interplay of the specular and diffuse scattering at interfaces of magnetic multilayers

Shufeng Zhang, Peter M. Levy

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Abstract

Both specular and diffuse scattering at interfaces of magnetic multilayers play a significant role in their resistivity and magnetoresistance. Within the framework of the semiclassical Boltzmann approach, we show that the resistance across an interface for currents perpendicular to the plane of the layers is sensitive to the nature of the scattering and that perturbative treatments of diffuse interface scattering break down. Depending on reflection coefficients diffuse scattering can assist or suppress conduction across interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5336-5339
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume57
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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