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Tunneling magnetoresistance with sign inversion in junctions based on iron oxide nanocrystal superlattices

Magnetic tunnel junctions sandwiching a superlattice thin film of Fe oxide nanocrystals (NCs) were investigated. The transport was found to be controlled by Coulomb blockade and single-electron tunneling, already at room temp. A good correlation was identified to hold between the tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR), the expected magnetic properties of the NC arrays, the charging energies evaluated from current-voltage curves, and the temp. dependence of the junction resistance. Notably, for the first time, a switching from neg. to pos. TMR was obsd. across the Verwey transition, with a strong enhancement of TMR at low temps.


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