Effect of addition of al to single-crystalline CoFe electrodes on nonlocal spin signals in lateral spin-valve devices

Soichiro Oki, Shinya Yamada, Naoki Hashimoto, Masanobu Miyao, Takashi Kimura, Kohei Hamaya

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Using single-crystalline spin injectors and detectors, we examine the effect of the addition of Al to CoFe electrodes on nonlocal spin signals in metallic lateral spin valves (LSVs). A molecular beam epitaxy technique enables us to obtain Heusler-alloy-like CoFeAl epitaxial layers with an ordered B2 structure. The LSVs with the CoFeAl electrodes show a remarkable enhancement of the nonlocal spin signals, six times larger than that of the LSV with the CoFe electrodes, at room temperature. The relatively low electrical resistivity of the CoFeAl electrodes means that the enhancement of the spin signals originates from an increase in the spin polarization due to the Al addition to CoFe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063004
JournalApplied Physics Express
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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