Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published Journal of Applied Physics 91 (2002) 8801-8803. Permission to use.


CrO2 thin films with crystallites of a significant size permit investigation of the thin intergrain conduction between a limited numbers of crystals. Phoemission techniques reveal that the CrO2 films are covered by a 1–2-nm-thick Cr2O3 insulating barrier. The electronic band gap of the surface electrons is 3.4 eV at low temperatures, decreases sharply down to 2.8 eV at ambient. Electric transport though a few junctions in series shows a remarkable zero-bias anomaly, interpreted in terms of blockade effects. We show that the magnetoresistance is governed by low-bias blockade in these junctions. © 2002 American Institute of Physics. [DOI: 10.1063/1.1452240]

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