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Investigation of Spin Injection in Semiconductors: Theory and Experiment


Ichiriu, Stephan Robert (2005) Investigation of Spin Injection in Semiconductors: Theory and Experiment. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/Z9CS-0V34.


Spin electronics, or spintronics, is a nascent field of research whereby the spin degree of freedom in electronic devices is exercised. The electroluminescence polarization of the spin light emitting diode (spin-LED) is important in the characterization of spin injection efficiency into non-magnetic semiconductors. The validity of these measurements is questioned due to the use of large external magnetic fields during measurement and the effects of reflection and refraction within the semiconductor structure. A Monte Carlo ray-tracing simulation for the spin-LED was written to address these issues and a device-dependent polarization correction factor was calculated for the Fe/AlGaAs system to account for these effects. Spin injection into AlGaAs from Fe and Co-Cr spin aligning contacts via a Schottky barrier was measured. Fe was chosen because of the strong spin polarization of conduction electrons at the Fermi level, while Co-Cr was selected because of its properties as a perpendicular magnet for certain alloy concentrations. The contacts were epitaxially grown at room temperature by electron-beam evaporation. These samples were measured to have zero spin injection. The results were attributed to the Schottky barrier properties.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:barrier; diode; polarization; simulation; spin injection; spintronics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • McGill, Thomas C.
Thesis Committee:
  • McGill, Thomas C. (chair)
  • Pine, Jerome
  • Cross, Michael Clifford
  • Yeh, Nai-Chang
Defense Date:6 May 2005
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05262005-130824
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ID Code:2093
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Deposited On:26 May 2005
Last Modified:21 May 2020 23:52

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