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Spin-current signal amplification by a geometrical ratchet

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JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
DatePublished - 13 Nov 2014
Issue number48
Original languageEnglish


We report the demonstration of spin-current amplification in a lateral spin-valve with a non-local configuration. A geometrical ratchet has been implemented in a non-magnetic nanowire bridging two ferromagnetic nanowires. Such geometry induces a difference in resistivity for diffusive electrons travelling in opposite directions by differentiating the scattering coefficients. This difference amplifies the total spin current by a factor of more than 7. Amplification by a geometrical ratchet can be predicted by simple two channel electrical transport calculations and provides a method to increase the efficiency of pure spin current flow in lateral spin valves.

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