Temperature dependence of spin diffusion length and spin Hall angle in Au and Pt

Miren Isasa, Estitxu Villamor, Luis E. Hueso, Martin Gradhand, Fèlix Casanova

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We have studied the spin transport and the spin Hall effect as a function of temperature for platinum (Pt) and gold (Au) in lateral spin valve structures. First, by using the spin absorption technique, we extract the spin diffusion length of Pt and Au. Secondly, using the same devices, we have measured the spin Hall conductivity and analyzed its evolution with temperature to identify the dominant scattering mechanisms behind the spin Hall effect. This analysis confirms that the intrinsic mechanism dominates in Pt whereas extrinsic effects are more relevant in Au. Moreover, we identify and quantify the phonon-induced skew scattering. We show that this contribution to skew scattering becomes relevant in metals such as Au, with a low residual resistivity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number024402
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2015


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