Large magnetoresistance in planar Fe/MoS2/Fe tunnel junction

Khaldoun Tarawneh, Nabil Al-Aqtash, Renat Sabirianov

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We report a large magnetoresistance observed in a Fe/MoS2/Fe tunnel junction, where iron electrodes are attached to the edges of MoS2 nanoribbon (i.e. the current is flowing in the plane of the MoS2 2D monolayer). Using non-equilibrium Green's functions in the framework of density functional approach, our calculations show a large magnetoresistance in Fe/MoS2/Fe junction, with the values up to 150%. The strong coupling between states of Mo atoms at the edge of the MoS2 monolayer and those at the Fe surface have a dramatic effect on the conductance property of the material as well as the MR of the Fe/MoS2/Fe tunnel junction. We conclude that the Fe electrodes polarize the spin states of MoS2 near the interface and efficiently inject carriers into MoS2. We find that the atomically-thin spacers are metallic due to a strong hybridization between the Fe and Mo states at the interface. MoS2 spacers of a larger width remain insulating. We also find that the magnetoresistance of thin MoS2 ribbons (three atomic layers wide) is negative and has a small value. Notably however, as the width of the MoS2 spacer increases, this value turns positive and increases in magnitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalComputational Materials Science
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Fe/MoS/Fe
  • Magnetoresistance
  • Tunnel junction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computational Mathematics


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