Thermally generated spin signals are observed in a nondegenerate Si spin valve. The spin-dependent Seebeck effect is used for thermal spin-signal generation. A thermal gradient of about 200 mK at the interface of Fe and Si enables the generation of a spin voltage of 8 μV at room temperature. A simple expansion of the conventional spin-drift-diffusion model that takes into account the spin-dependent Seebeck effect shows that semiconductor materials are more promising for thermal spin-signal generation comparing than metallic materials, and thus enable efficient heat recycling in semiconductor spin devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy