The behavior of the magnetoresistance in SmMn2Ge2-a layered intermetallic compound-is analogous to the giant magnetoresistance recently reported for artificial metallic multilayers. A moderate magnetic field (2-15 kOe) is sufficient to switch SmMn2Ge2 from the antiferromagnetic (metamagnetic) state to saturation, at a temperature of ∼100 K, and this results in a resistance change of 4-8 %. The study of spin-dependent scattering in this and similar layered structures, in which nature has conspired to make essentially perfect interfaces, serves as a complement to the study of the artificial structures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics