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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details for Prof Brian Tanner

Pym, ATG, Ruhrig, M & Tanner, BK (2010). Layer and interface structural changes in Co0.6Fe0.2B0.2/AlOx multilayers on annealing. Journal Of Applied Physics 107(9): 093524

Author(s) from Durham


Sputtered multilayers of Co0.6Fe0.2B0.2 and AlOx have been measured using grazing incidence x-ray scattering to determine the changes in layer and interface structure during in situ annealing. We confirm our earlier deduction of a sharpening of the interfaces on annealing up to 400 °C. This sharpening arises from reduction in chemical intermixing, not from change in topological roughness and provides an explanation for the enhanced tunneling magnetoresistance. The annealing is shown to result in a decrease in Co0.6Fe0.2B0.2 mean layer thickness and increase in the layer density. There is a commensurate increase in AlOx mean layer thickness while at the same time there is a reduction in the layer density. The increase in thickness could explain the corresponding increase observed in the resistance-area product.

Full Executive Committee

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International Advisory Board

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