Oscillating voltage dependence of high-frequency impedance in magnetic tunneling junctions

W. C. Chien*, L. C. Hsieh, T. Y. Peng, C. K. Lo, Y. D. Yao, X. F. Han, P. Lin

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Oscillating voltage (VOs), which depends on the frequency dependence of the magnetoimpedance (MI) effect, was applied to study a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) of Ru(5 nm)/Cu(10 nm)/Ru(5 nm)/IrMn(10 nm)/CoFeB(4 nm)/Al2 O3/CoFeB(4 nm)/Ru(5 nm) at frequencies up to 40 MHz. The MI ratio decreased as the VOs was increased. The MI ratio turned from positive to negative at a certain frequency. An equivalent circuit model was employed to analyze the results. The fact that MTJ can be regarded as the composition of a resistance component and two sets of parallel resistance (R) and capacitance (C) components in series has been utilized to describe the individual impedance contribution from the lead of cross pattern, barrier, and interface. The resistance (Rbarrier) and capacitance (C barrier) of the barrier effect are functions of VOs. The Rbarrier decreases as the VOs, increases, However, C barrier behaves the opposite way. The tendency is for interfacial resistance Rinterface and interfacial capacitance C interface to have opposite results with increasing VOs. This work provides a detailed investigation of high-frequency transport behavior subjected to V Os, especially useful for MTJ characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2812-2814
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs)
  • Oscillating voltage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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