Dresden 2014 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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HL: Fachverband Halbleiterphysik

HL 98: Graphene: Spintronics, transistors, and sensors (with DY/MA/O/TT)

HL 98.6: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014, 16:15–16:30, POT 081

Suppression of contact-induced spin dephasing in graphene/Co/MgOx spin-valve devices by successive oxygen treatmentsFrank Volmer, •Christopher Franzen, Marc Drögeler, Eva Maynicke, Nils von den Driesch, Maren Laura Boschen, Gernot Güntherodt, and Bernd Beschoten — 2nd Institute of Physics and JARA-FIT, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany

By successive oxygen treatments of graphene non-local spin-valve devices we achieve a gradual increase of the contact resistance area products RcA of the Co/MgOx spin injection and detection electrodes and a transition from linear to non-linear characteristics in the corresponding dV/dI-curves. With this manipulation of the contacts both spin lifetime and amplitude of the spin signal can significantly be increased by a factor of seven in the same device. This demonstrates that contact-induced spin dephasing is the bottleneck for spin transport in graphene devices with small RcA values [1]. With increasing RcA we furthermore observe the appearance of a second charge neutrality point (CNP) in gate dependent resistance measurements. Simultaneously we observe a decrease of the gate voltage separation between the two CNPs. The strong enhancement of the spin transport properties as well as the charge transport will be explained by the same gradual suppression of a Co/graphene interaction by improving the oxide barrier.

Work was supported by DFG/FOR 912 and EU/Graphene Flagship.

[1] F. Volmer et al. Phys. Rev. B 88, 161405 (2013).

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