Tunnel magnetoresistance in trilayer junctions from first principles: Cr δ -layer doped GaN/AlN/GaN (0 0 0 1)

X. Y. Cui, B. Delley, A. J. Freeman, C. Stampfl

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The microscopic mechanism of the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) in Cr-doped GaN/AlN/GaN (0 0 0 1) trilayer junctions is studied based on density functional theory calculations. For enhanced performance, we propose δ -Cr-layer doping in GaN, close to the GaN/AlN interfaces. Depending on the doping concentration, Cr dopants produce local metallic (1 ML) or half-metallic (frac(1, 2) and frac(1, 4) ML) states surrounded by the host semiconductor materials. Very thin AlN barriers are predicted to yield a low TMR effect. These results help explain existing experimental results and are expected to be valuable with regard to the practical fabrication of improved pure semiconductor spintronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-399
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010



  • Density functional theory
  • Electronic structure
  • Tunneling magnetoresistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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