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HYBRID GMR SENSOR USING GRANULAR GMR FILM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014524D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A new GMR sensor design is disclosed which combines the spin valve sensor with the granular GMR sensor to achieve higher magnetoresistance. The sensor configuration is as follows: Seed layer/AFM/FM(1)/Ru/FM(2)/Cu/Free layer/Cu/CoCu(Hybrid sensor)/Ta The current flowing through the layers under the granular film, biases it. The current polarity, and the pinned film magnetization direction are chosen so that the magnetoresistance from the spin valve and the granular films add. It is also possible to use composite layer for the granular sensor (CoCu/NiFeX) to lower its switching field. 1