Giant Magneto Resistance In Ferromagnetic Metal The

Giant magneto resistance in a ferromagnetic metal, the conductivity σp for electrons whose magnetic moments are oriented parallel to the magnetization is typically larger than σa for those anti parallel to the magnetization. Consider a ferromagnetic conductor consisting of two separate regions of identical dimensions in series whose magnetizations can be independently controlled. Electrons of a given spin flow first through one region and then through the other. It is observed that the resistance when both magnetizations point upwards, R↑↓ is lower than the resistance when they point opposite, R↑↓. This resistance change can be large for σp/σa >> 1, and the phenomenon is called giant magneto resistance (GMR). A small external magnetic field can switch the resistance from R↑↓ to R↑↑ by reorienting the magnetization of the second layer. This effect is increasingly used in magnetic storage applications such as the magnetic bit readout in hard drives. The giant magneto resistance ratio is defined as:

(a) If there is no spin-flip scattering for the conduction electrons, show that

(b) If σa → 0, explain physically why the resistance in the ↑↓ magnetization configuration is infinite.

Giant magneto resistance in a ferromagnetic metal, the

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