Characterization of embedded MgO/ferromagnet contacts for spin injection in silicon

T. Uhrmann, T. Dimopoulos, H. Brückl, V. K. Lazarov, A. Kohn, U. Paschen, S. Weyers, L. Bär, M. Rührig

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In this work we present the structural and electrical characterization of sputter-deposited CoFe(B)/MgO/Si metal-insulator-semiconductor tunneling junctions for injection and detection of spin polarized current in silicon. The multilayers have been deposited in 700 nm deep trenches, patterned in thick SiO2 dielectric, on n - and p -doped wafers. The films inside the trenches are continuous with a correlated and low roughness. The MgO barrier grows amorphous without indication of pinholes. The dc and ac transport properties of the junctions were studied as a function of temperature and frequency. A relatively high interface trap density at the MgO/Si-interface is extracted from admittance spectra measurements. Transport is dominated by majority carriers in the case of n -doped and by minority carriers for the p -doped wafers. This leads to distinct rectification characteristics for the two wafer types, which would significantly influence the spin injection efficiency of the tunneling junctions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063709
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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