Spin injection across (110) interfaces: Fe/GaAs(110) spin-light-emitting diodes

Li, C. H.; Kioseoglou, G.; van 't Erve, O. M. J.; Hanbicki, A. T.; Jonker, B. T.; Mallory, R.; Yasar, M.; Petrou, A.
August 2004
Applied Physics Letters;8/30/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 9, p1544
Academic Journal
We report electrical spin injection from an Fe contact into a (110)-oriented light-emitting diode (LED) structure, and compare results with data obtained from (001)-oriented structures to address the dependence of spin injection on interface and orientation. Fe/AlGaAs/GaAs LEDs were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy, and processed to form surface emitting structures. Electroluminescence results obtained using a reverse-biased Fe Schottky tunnel barrier injector show that a 13% electron spin polarization is achieved in the GaAs(110) quantum well due to injection across the Fe/AlGaAs(110) interface. Analysis of the transport data indicates that tunneling is a significant transport mechanism at low temperatures. The temperature dependence of the spin polarization is similar to that of (001)-oriented spin LEDs, and is dominated by the GaAs electron spin lifetime.


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