We have investigated the structure and magnetoresistance of current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) pseudo spin valves (PSVs) using Co2Mn(Ga0.25Ge0.75) (CMGG) Heusler alloy ferromagnetic layers annealed at different temperatures. Relatively large ΔRA of 6.1 mΩμm2 and MR ratio of 40.2% were obtained in the CPP-PSV annealed at 400 °C. Annealing at higher than 400 °C led to a significant deterioration of MR outputs. Detailed structure analysis using transmission electron microscopy, three-dimensional atom probe, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction showed that the degradation of MR in the over-annealed sample was due to the increase of DO3 disorder in the CMGG layer, while the layered structure of the film is fully preserved.
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