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Conductance oscillations in transition metal superlattices

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1998
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number42
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)L691-L697
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We present a numerical study of conductance oscillations of transition metal multilayers as a function of layer thickness. Using a realistic material-specific tight-binding model, we show that for disorder-free layers with random thicknesses but clean interfaces, long-period oscillations in the conductance can occur, which are reminiscent of those found in structures exhibiting GMR. Using a heuristic effective mass model, we argue that these oscillations arise from beating between the Fermi wavevector and a class of wavevectors characteristic of the superlattice structure.