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Taming the resistive switching in Fe/MgO/V/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions: An ab initio study

Abstract : A possible mechanism for the resistive switching observed experimentally in Fe/MgO/V/Fe junctions is presented. Ab initio total energy calculations within the local density approximation and pseudopotential theory shows that by moving the oxygen ions across the MgO/V interface one obtains a metastable state. It is argued that this state can be reached by applying an electric field across the interface. In addition, the ground state and the metastable state show different electric conductances. The latter results are discussed in terms of the changes of the density of states at the Fermi level and the charge transfer at the interface due to the oxygen ion motion.
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J. M. Aguiar-Hualde, M. Alouani. Taming the resistive switching in Fe/MgO/V/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions: An ab initio study. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Elsevier, 2014, 372, pp.167-172. ⟨10.1016/j.jmmm.2014.07.063⟩. ⟨cea-01329509⟩

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