Probing momentum distributions in magnetic tunnel junctions via hot-electron decay

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Jansen, R. and Banerjee, T. and Park, B.G. and Lodder, J.C. (2007) Probing momentum distributions in magnetic tunnel junctions via hot-electron decay. Applied physics letters, 90 (19). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0003-6951

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Abstract:The tunnel momentum distribution in a magnetic tunnel junction is probed by analyzing the decay
of the hot electrons in the Co metal anode after tunneling, using a three-terminal transistor structure
in which the hot-electron attenuation is sensitive to the tunnel momentum distribution. Solid state
amorphous Al2O3 barriers and the vacuum barrier of a scanning tunneling microscope are
compared. For the former the attenuation length in nominally the same Co is strikingly larger factor
of 2, implying a more isotropic tunnel momentum distribution for Al2O3 barriers.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2737128
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