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PHYSICAL REVIEW B 83, 024415 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.024415
We report on the study of the structural, magnetic, and transport properties of highly textured MnBi ﬁlms with the Curie temperature of 628 K. In addition to detailed measurements of resistivity and magnetization, we measure transport spin polarization of MnBi by Andreev reﬂection spectroscopy and perform fully relativistic band-structure calculations of MnBi. A spin polarization from 51% ± 1% to 63% ± 1% is observed, consistent with the calculations and with an observation of a large magnetoresistance in MnBi contacts. The band-structure calculations indicate that in spite of almost identical densities of states at the Fermi energy, the large disparity in the Fermi velocities leads to high transport spin polarization of MnBi. The correlation between the values of magnetization and spin polarization is discussed.