Spin valve effect and magnetoresistivity in single crystalline Ca3Ru2O7

Wei Bao, Z. Q. Mao, Z. Qu, J. W. Lynn

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The laminar perovskite Ca3Ru2O7 naturally forms ferromagnetic double layers of alternating moment directions, as in the spin-valve superlattices. The mechanism of the huge magnetoresistive effect in the material has been controversial due to a lack of clear understanding of various magnetic phases and phase transitions. In this neutron diffraction study in a magnetic field, we identify four different magnetic phases in Ca3Ru2O7 and determine all first-order and second-order phase transitions between them. The spin-valve mechanism then readily explains the dominant magnetoresistive effect in Ca3Ru2O7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number247203
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 17 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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