CrO 2 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 CrO 2 films are covered by a 1-2-nm-thick Cr 2O 3 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.
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