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The interfaces between ferromagnetic electrodes and tunnel oxides play a crucial role in determining the performances of spin-based electronic devices, such as magnetic tunnel junctions. Therefore, a deep knowledge of the structural, chemical, and magnetic properties of the buried interfaces is required. We study the influence of rapid thermal annealing treatments up to 500 °C on the interfacial properties of the Fe/Lu2O3 system. As-grown stacks reveal the presence of hydrogenated Fe–Lu–H intermetallic phases at the Fe/Lu2O3 interface most likely due to the H absorption on the Lu2O3 surface upon exposure to air and/or to the oxide growth. The annealing treatments induce remarkable changes of the structural, chemical, and magnetic properties at the interface, as evidenced at the atomic scale by the sub-monolayer sensitivity of conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy. The use of complementary …
Publication date: 
1 Aug 2009

R Mantovan, C Wiemer, A Lamperti, A Zenkevich, Yu Lebedinski, M Fanciulli

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Volume: 321 Issue: 15 Pages: 2350-2353
Journal of magnetism and magnetic materials