Spin-dependent diffraction at ferromagnetic/spin spiral interface

A. Manchon*, N. Ryzhanova, A. Vedyayev, B. Dieny

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Spin-dependent transport is investigated in ballistic regime through the interface between a ferromagnet and a spin spiral. We show that spin-dependent interferences lead to a new type of diffraction called "spin diffraction." It is shown that this spin diffraction leads to local spin and electrical currents along the interface. This study also shows that in highly nonhomogeneous magnetic configuration (nonadiabatic limit), the contribution of the diffracted electrons is crucial to describe spin transport in such structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number07A721
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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