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Artifacts That Mimic Ballistic Magnetoresistance



William F. Egelhoff Jr., L Gan, H Ettedgui, Y Kadmon, Cedric J. Powell, P J. Chen, Alexander J. Shapiro, Robert McMichael, J Mallett, Thomas P. Moffat, Mark D. Stiles, Erik B. Svedberg


We have investigated the circumstances underlying recent reports of very large values of ballistic magntoresistance (BMR) in nanocontacts between magnetic wires. We find that the geometries used are subject to artifacts due to motion of the wires that distort the nanocontact thereby changing its electrical resistance. Since these nanocontacts are often of atomic scale, reliable experiments would require stability on the atomic scale. No method for achieving such stability in macroscopic wires is apparent. We conclude that macroscopic magnetic wires cannot be used to establish the validity of the BMR effect.
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials


artifacts, magnetoresistance, nanocontacts


Egelhoff Jr., W. , Gan, L. , Ettedgui, H. , Kadmon, Y. , Powell, C. , Chen, P. , Shapiro, A. , McMichael, R. , Mallett, J. , Moffat, T. , Stiles, M. and Svedberg, E. (2005), Artifacts That Mimic Ballistic Magnetoresistance, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Accessed March 2, 2024)
Created January 31, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021