Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1212.0283 (Yuta Kitamura et al.)

Vertical Spin Transport in Al with Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20 Trilayer Films at Room
Temperature by Spin Pumping

Yuta Kitamura, Eiji Shikoh, Yuichiro Ando, Teruya Shinjo, Masashi Shiraishi
Spin pumping enables the vertical transport of pure spin current through Al in a Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20(Py) trilayer film, in which the Py acts as a spin battery. The spin current injected into the Al flows through the Al to reach the Pd, resulting in the generation of electromotive forces due to the inverse spin Hall effect in the Pd. The electromotive forces decreased with increasing thickness of the Al layer. A simple model based on the theory by Tserkovnyak et al., [Phys. Rev. B, 66, 224403 (2002)] allows an estimation of the spin coherence of the perpendicular spin transport in the Al of 61 nm. This comparatively short coherence is attributed to a reduction in spin pumping efficiency because of the roughness of the Al/Py interface.
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