University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Condensed Matter Seminar

Thursday, March 5th 2009
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Nina Markovic, The Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Spin and charge transport in a carbon nanotube spin diode
This seminar is sponsored by the University of Minnesota MRSEC.

I will describe the measurements of asymmetric conductance and the current shot noise through a carbon nanotube quantum dot with one ferromagnetic and one normal-metal lead. The observed asymmetry is spin-dependent, and stems from the interplay between the spin accumulation and the Coulomb blockade on the quantum dot. The results imply that the current is spin-polarized for one direction of the bias, and that the degree of spin polarization is fully and precisely tunable using the gate and bias voltages. As the operation of this spin diode does not require magnetic fields or optics, it could be used as a building block for electrically controlled spintronic devices.

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