Spin Injection in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Heterostructures

Adrian Swartz, Satoshi Harashima, Yanwu Xie, Di Lu, Bongju Kim, Chris Bell, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y. Hwang

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The conducting interface formed between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 exhibits high electron mobility, tunable carrier densities, and is theoretically predicted to have long spin lifetimes. Thus, the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure is a promising system for the transportation of spin information. We have investigated spin-dependent transport across Co/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures using an all electrical three terminal geometry and observed Lorentzian magnetoresistance typically associated with Hanle spin dephasing. However, such a picture fails to explain all the experimentally observed behavior. Further, experiments with spin-unpolarized Au/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterojunctions support an alternative scenario involving current modulation by spin-dependent transport through defect states in the LaAlO3 barrier.
Original languageEnglish
Article number032406
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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