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Spin-Dependent Thermoelectric Power of Nano-Islands

Scientific Achievement

Spin-polarized scanning tunneling thermovoltage microscopy (SP-STVthM) is developed to resolve spin-dependent thermoelectric power with nanometer resolution.

Significance and Impact

This work establishes a new approach to spatially resolving the spin-Seebeck effect, allowing for the evaluation of confinement effects and local inhomogeneities in spin-heat interactions, which are important for miniaturized device applications.

Research Details

– SP-STVthM detects spin-dependent thermovoltages in a tunneling junction formed by a sample surface and a ferromagnetic STM tip.
– First-principles and model calculations quantitatively reproduce the measured thermally generated spin voltages, showing a distinct thermovoltage in spin-up and spin-down charge transport channels.
 
J. Park, F. Lüpke, J. Jiang, X.-G. Zhang, and A.-P. Li, "Spin-dependent thermoelectric power of nano-islands,"  Nano Letters (2020). DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c00972