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Ultrathin W space layer-enabled thermal stability enhancement in a perpendicular MgO/CoFeB/W/CoFeB/MgO recording frame

Title
Ultrathin W space layer-enabled thermal stability enhancement in a perpendicular MgO/CoFeB/W/CoFeB/MgO recording frame
Author
홍진표
Keywords
MAGNETIC TUNNEL-JUNCTION; ANISOTROPY; MULTILAYERS; TRILAYERS; MEMORY; FILMS
Issue Date
2015-11
Publisher
NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Citation
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 5, Page. 1-11, Article number: 16903
Abstract
Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) show promise as reliable candidates for next-generation memory due to their outstanding features. However, several key challenges remain that affect CoFeB/MgO-based p-MTJ performance. One significant issue is the low thermal stability (Delta) due to the rapid perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) degradation during annealing at temperatures greater than 300 degrees C. Thus, the ability to provide thermally robust PMA characteristics is a key steps towards extending the use of these materials. Here, we examine the influence of a W spacer on double MgO/CoFeB/W/CoFeB/MgO frames as a generic alternative layer to ensure thermally-robust PMAs at temperatures up to 425 degrees C. The thickness-dependent magnetic features of the W layer were evaluated at various annealing temperatures to confirm the presence of strong ferromagnetic interlayer coupling at an optimized 0.55 nm W spacer thickness. Using this W layer we achieved a higher Delta of 78 for an approximately circular 20 nm diameter free layer device.
URI
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep16903http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/28746
ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
10.1038/srep16903
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COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES[S](자연과학대학) > PHYSICS(물리학과) > Articles
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