Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1307.1816 (C. H. Du et al.)

Probing the Spin Pumping Mechanism: Exchange Coupling with Exponential
Decay in Y3Fe5O12/barrier/Pt Heterostructures

C. H. Du, H. L. Wang, Y. Pu, T. L. Meyer, P. M. Woodward, F. Y. Yang, P. C. Hammel
Ferromagnetic resonance driven spin pumping of pure spin currents from a ferromagnet into a nonmagnetic material promises new spin-functional devices with low energy consumption. The mechanism of spin pumping is under intense investigation and it is widely believed that exchange interaction between the ferromagnet and nonmagnetic material is responsible for this phenomenon. We observe a thousand-fold exponential decay of the spin pumping from 20-nm thick Y3Fe5O12 films to platinum across insulating barriers, from which the exponential decay lengths of 0.16 and 0.23 nm are extracted for oxide barriers with band gaps of 4.93 eV and 2.36 eV, respectively. This prototypical signature of quantum tunneling through a barrier underscores the importance of exchange coupling for spin pumping and reveals its dependence on the characteristics of the barrier material.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.1816

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