Suppression of spin-pumping by a MgO tunnel-barrier

Mosendz, O.; Pearson, J. E.; Fradin, F. Y.; Bader, S. D.; Hoffmann, A.
January 2010
Applied Physics Letters;1/11/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 2, p022502
Academic Journal
Spin-pumping generates pure spin currents in normal metals at the ferromagnet (F)/normal metal (N) interface. The efficiency of spin-pumping is given by the spin mixing conductance, which depends on N and the F/N interface. We directly study the spin-pumping through an MgO tunnel-barrier using the inverse spin Hall effect, which couples spin and charge currents and provides a direct electrical detection of spin currents in the normal metal. We find that spin-pumping is suppressed by the tunnel-barrier, which is contrary to recent studies that suggest that the spin mixing conductance can be enhanced by a tunnel-barrier inserted at the interface.


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