Co40 Fe40 B20 /MgO single and double barrier magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) were grown using target-facing-target sputtering for MgO barriers and conventional dc magnetron sputtering for Co 40 Fe40 B20 ferromagnetic electrodes. Large tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratios, 230% for single barrier MTJs and 120% for the double barrier MTJs, were obtained after postdeposition annealing in a field of 800 mT. The lower TMR ratio for double barrier MTJs can be attributed to the amorphous nature of the middle Co40 Fe40 B 20 free layer, which could not be crystallized during postannealing. A highly asymmetric bias voltage dependence of the TMR can be observed for both single and double barrier MTJs in the as-deposited states and after field annealing at low temperature. The asymmetry decreases with increasing annealing temperature and the bias dependence becomes almost symmetric after annealing at 350 °C. Maximum output voltages of 0.65 and 0.85 V were obtained for both single and double barrier MTJs, respectively, after annealing at 300 °C, a temperature which is high enough for large TMR ratios but insufficient to completely remove asymmetry from the TMR bias dependence.
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