Graphene-based spintronic components

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Zeng, Minggang ; Shen, Lei ; Su, Haibin ; Zhou, Miao ; Zhang, Chun ; Feng, Yuanping (2010)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.115427
  • Subject: Physics - Computational Physics | Condensed Matter - Materials Science
    arxiv: Condensed Matter::Strongly Correlated Electrons | Condensed Matter::Mesoscopic Systems and Quantum Hall Effect

A major challenge of spintronics is in generating, controlling and detecting spin-polarized current. Manipulation of spin-polarized current, in particular, is difficult. We demonstrate here, based on calculated transport properties of graphene nanoribbons, that nearly +-100% spin-polarized current can be generated in zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) and tuned by a source-drain voltage in the bipolar spin diode, in addition to magnetic configurations of the electrodes. This unusual transport property is attributed to the intrinsic transmission selection rule of the spin subbands near the Fermi level in ZGNRs. The simultaneous control of spin current by the bias voltage and the magnetic configurations of the electrodes provides an opportunity to implement a whole range of spintronics devices. We propose theoretical designs for a complete set of basic spintronic devices, including bipolar spin diode, transistor and logic gates, based on ZGNRs.
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