The inclusion of a Au layer in the magnetic tunnel junction structure Fe/MgO/CoFe substantially alters the magnetic properties. In this work we use zero field 59Co NMR to see if these changes in magnetic properties are correlated with changes in the local atomic environment. The technique of spin-echo NMR allows the effective magnetic field (hyperfine field) at the nucleus to be determined and so provides information on the local atomic environments including strain effects and magnetic moments. The results show that the local atomic environment of Co does not change significantly, however the r.f. power required to obtain the maximum signal is substantially different when the Au layer is included showing that the r.f. electronic enhancement factor changes appreciably. © 1998 IEEE.
- Magnetic tunnel junctions
- Thin films