Hyuk-Jae Jang, Oleg A. Kirillov, Oana Jurchescu, Curt A. Richter
We report on electron spin transport through electrochemically precipitated copper filaments formed in TaOX memristive devices consisting of Co(60nm)/TaOX(16nm)/Cu(5nm)/Py(60nm) with crossbar-type electrode geometry.The devices show memristive behavior having a typical OFF/ON resistance ratio of 105. Magneto-resistance measurements performed by sweeping an external magnetic field clearly indicate spin transport through an electrochemically formed copper nano-filament as long as 16 nm in the memristive ON-state at 77K. Spin transport vanishes in the OFF-state. These data are strong evidence that the fundamental switching mechanism in these metal-oxide devices is the formation of continuous metallic conduction paths. We expect our findings could advance current electronic technology combining spintronic and electronic functionalities.
Applied Physics Letters
nanoelectronics, spintronics, memristive, memristor, random access memory, magneto-resistance