Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) has been observed in Co5Cu95 alloys fabricated by melt-spinning. The highest MR change of 28.0% occurs for Co5Cu95 after annealing at 450°C for 30 min. Based on the super-paramagnetic assumption, the average size of Co particles embedded in Cu matrix, ranging from 3.0 to 6.0 nm, has been determined by simulating the magnetization curves at 295 K which is higher than the blocking temperatures for the samples. Comparison with phenomenological theory for GMR indicates that the interfacial spin-dependent scattering is the dominant scattering mechanism underlying GMR origin in granular systems. Additionally, for the samples in as-quenched state or annealed at temperature TA=350°C, the electron hybridization and super-paramagnetic behaviors of fine Co particles may be responsible for the low value of MR change.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials