Nonreciprocal Spin Current Generation in Surface-Oxidized Copper Films

Genki Okano, Mamoru Matsuo, Yuichi Ohnuma, Sadamichi Maekawa, Yukio Nozaki

研究成果: Article査読

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We experimentally demonstrate the nonreciprocal generation of spin current (Js) in a surface-oxidized copper film. The efficiency of conversion is at least 320 times larger than the inverse conversion. This nonreciprocity is due to a novel type of Js generation, which relies on the transfer of angular momentum from the velocity field of free electrons. A gradient in the electrical mobility in the film produces vorticity in the in-plane drift velocity of the free electrons. The inverse process can hardly occur when Js is collinear with the gradient in the electrical mobility.

ジャーナルPhysical review letters
出版ステータスPublished - 2019 5 29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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