Investigation of spin scattering mechanism in silicon channels of Fe/MgO/Si lateral spin valves

Soobeom Lee, Naoto Yamashita, Yuichiro Ando, Shinji Miwa, Yoshishige Suzuki, Hayato Koike, Masashi Shiraishi

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The temperature evolution of spin relaxation time, τsf, in degenerate silicon (Si)-based lateral spin valves is investigated by means of the Hanle effect measurements. τsf at 300 K is estimated to be 1.68 ± 0.03 ns and monotonically increased with decreasing temperature down to 100 K. Below 100 K, in contrast, it shows almost a constant value of ca. 5 ns. The temperature dependence of the conductivity of the Si channel shows a similar behavior to that of the τsf, i.e., monotonically increasing with decreasing temperature down to 100 K and a weak temperature dependence below 100 K. The temperature evolution of conductivity reveals that electron scattering due to magnetic impurities is negligible. A comparison between τsf and momentum scattering time reveals that the dominant spin scattering mechanism in the Si is the Elliott-Yafet mechanism, and the ratio of the momentum scattering time to the τsf attributed to nonmagnetic impurities is approximately 3.77 × 10−6, which is more than two orders of magnitude smaller than that of copper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number192401
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 8 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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