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Physical Review B
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We have observed both peaks and troughs in the magnetoresistance of organic nanowires consisting of three layers—cobalt, 8-hydroxy-quinolinolato aluminum (Alq3), and nickel. They always occur between the coercive fields of the ferromagnetic layers, and we attribute them to the normal and inverse spin-valve effect. The latter is caused by resonant tunneling through localized impurity states in the organic material. Peaks are always found to be accompanied by a positive monotonic background magnetoresistance, while troughs are accompanied by a negative monotonic background magnetoresistance. This curious correlation suggests that the background magnetoresistance, whose origin has hitherto remained unexplained, is probably caused by the recently proposed phenomenon of magnetic-field-induced enhancement of spin-flip scattering in the presence of spin-orbit interaction.
Pramanik, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Garre, K., et al. Normal and inverse spin-valve effect in organic semiconductor nanowires and the background monotonic magnetoresistance. Physical Review B, 74, 235329 (2006). Copyright © 2006 American Physical Society.
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