La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) step-edge junctions were fabricated on step-edge (001) SrTiO3 substrates. Above room temperature (RT) the step-edge junctions showed vanishing tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) spikes in R(H) curves. To study the conduction mechanism of polarized electrons accross grain boundaries the MR ratio and the dynamic conduction at various temperatures was measured. The results show that tunneling is the dominating mechanism and the charge carriers at the surface boundary govern the tunneling conductivity.
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