We observe a strong crystallographic direction dependence on the low-field magnetoresistance (MR) behavior of the epitaxial Fe3O4 (110) films grown on MgO (110) substrates. The sign of MR is positive when the current and field are parallel to , whereas along the  direction its sign is negative, similarly to that commonly observed for (100) oriented Fe 3O4 films. We relate this effect to the presence of antiphase boundaries (APB) and subsequent reduction in the width of canted spin structure in its vicinity, due to the hard axis behavior of Fe3O 4 (110) films along this crystallographic direction. At fields greater than the anisotropy field, usual negative MR behavior related to a reduction in spin scattering at the APBs is observed. An analytical model based on the half-infinite spin chains across the APBs is provided to show that the positive MR is due to the domain walls along APBs. The temperature and film thickness dependency of the APB domain wall magnetoresistance is discussed.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 27 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics