Description: The calculation of giant-magnetoresistance and in general, of electron transport for multilayers in the case of current perpendicular to the planes (CPP) requires both the two-point conductivity and the solution to the local field problem. In this paper we present a solution to the local field problem at an interface using two approaches. In the first approach we find the semiclassical solution for the local field when there is a band mismatch between two sides of an interface, and examine the deviation of the total resistance from the result of ``self-averaging``, in the lowest order of the value of the potential step. In the second approach, we solve for the quantum correction to the local field through a numerical iterative scheme. The oscillations due to the quantum correction are surprisingly large, but their correction to the total resistance is remarkably small. Our results imply that the ``self-averaging`` of the resistance, which is usually assumed in analysis of CPP, is only approximate. 8 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.
Date: December 31, 1996
Creator: Zhang, X.G. & Butler, W.H.
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