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CM - AMO SEMINAR | Spin Transport in Semiconductors far from Equilibrium

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
4:00 AM
335 West Hall


III-V semiconductors near the metal insulator can be driven into a highly polarized state by spin injection from a ferromagnetic metal.  I will review three aspects of these systems.  In the first, I will cover recent progress in spin injection devices based on Heusler alloys, which provide for large (and tunable) spin polarizations.  Second, I will discuss the dynamics of the coupled electron-nuclear spin system in these devices.    It is in fact possible to measure the electron exchange field acting on the nuclei (the Knight field), and I will show how this provides an alternative means of measuring the electron spin polarization.  Finally, I will review how one can measure extremely high spin polarizations using a technique analogous to the Seebeck effect.