Metallic Multilayers and their Applications

Theory, Experiments, and Applications related to Thin Metallic Multilayers

Series Editor:

  • Prasanta Misra, B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc, in Physics (Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India), Ph.D. in Physics (Tufts University, Medford, U.S.A.), Post-Doctoral Research in Solid State Physics (University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A.), University of Houston, Department of Physics, TX, USA


  • Gayanath Fernando, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, USA

Thin Metallic multilayer films have become an important part in today's computer technology. The giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect, which plays a central role here, was discovered in the late 1980s. This can be essentially described as the effect of a magnetic field on the electron transport leading to significant changes in the resistance. Other aspects of multilayers systems, such as stability, growth, confinement are also addressed. Theoretical and experimental methods used in such work are described in some detail, with special emphasis on density functional and spin density functional theories. Magnetic anisotropy in thin films is also discussed while addressing unresolved issues and new results from exchange-bias experiments.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2008
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51703-6

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. GMR in Metallic Multilayers - a Simple PictureChapter 2. Overview of First Principles Theory: Metallic FilmsChapter 3. Thin Epitaxial Films: Insights from Theory and ExperimentChapter 4. Magnetic Anisotropy in Transition Metal SystemsChapter 5. Probing Layered Systems: a Brief Guide to Experimental Techniques Chapter 6. Generalized Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory via Effective Action Formalism Chapter 7. MAgnetic Tunnel Jusctions and Spin TorquesChapter 8. Confined Electronic States in Metallic MultilayersChapter 9. Half-Metallic Systems: Complete Asymmetry in Spin Transport Chapter 10. Exact Theoretical Studies of Small Hubbard Clusters