Gigantic tunneling magnetoresistance in magnetic Weyl semimetal tunnel junctions

D. J.P. De Sousa, C. O. Ascencio, P. M. Haney, J. P. Wang, Tony Low

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Abstract

We investigate the tunneling magnetoresistance in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) comprised of Weyl semimetal contacts. We show that chirality-magnetization locking leads to a gigantic tunneling magnetoresistance ratio, an effect that does not rely on spin filtering by the tunnel barrier. Our results indicate that the conductance in the antiparallel configuration is more sensitive to magnetization fluctations than in MTJs with normal ferromagnets, and predicts a TMR as large as 104 % when realistic magnetization fluctuations are accounted for. In addition, we show that the Fermi arc states give rise to a non-monotonic dependence of conductance on the misalignment angle between the magnetizations of the two contacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL041401
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume104
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
D.S., T.L., and J.P.W. were partially supported by the DARPA ERI FRANC program under HR001117S0056-FP-042. D.S., C.O.A., T.L., and J.P.W. were partially supported by the SMART, one of seven centers of nCORE, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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© 2021 American Physical Society.

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