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  1. Speed and efficiency of femtosecond spin current injection into a nonmagnetic material

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    Hofherr, M.; Maldonado, P.; Schmitt, O.; Berritta, M.; Bierbrauer, U.; Sadashivaiah, S.; Schellekens, A. J.; Koopmans, B.; Steil, D.; Cinchetti, M.; Stadtmüller, B.; Oppeneer, P. M.; Mathias, S.; Aeschlimann, M.

    2017-09-01

    We investigate femtosecond spin injection from an optically excited Ni top layer into an Au bottom layer using time-resolved complex magneto-optical Kerr effect (C-MOKE) measurements. Employing the C-MOKE formalism, we are able to follow layer-resolved demagnetization in Ni and the simultaneous spin injection into the adjacent Au film, both occurring within ˜40 fs . We confirm the ballistic to diffusive propagation of the spin transfer process with ab initio theory and superdiffusive transport calculations. In particular, our combined experimental-theoretical effort does allow us to quantify the so far elusive amount of spin injection, and therefore the spin injection efficiency at the interface.

  2. Demonstration of efficient spin injection and detection in various systems using Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} based spin injectors

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    Bhat, Shwetha G. Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2016-05-15

    Half-metal based spin injector devices for spin injection and detection application have proven to be efficient owing to their enhanced injection and detection efficiency. In this study, we extend the all-electrical spin injection and detection studies into different systems like Si and GaAs using half-metal Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} as a spin injector in the presence and absence of tunnel barrier MgO. Injection into GaAs is verified using conventional Fe/MgO/GaAs devices. Room temperature spin injection into both p-type and n-type Si is achieved and the spin injection could be observed down to 100 K. Obtained spin relaxation time for these n-type and p-type Si at different temperatures agree well with the existing reports. Further, the temperature dependent spin injection and detection is also successfully achieved in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GaAs (n-type) Schottky devices, and a comparison study of the results with control experiment using Fe/MgO/GaAs (n-type) devices confirm the relaxation to be similar in the GaAs substrate, as expected. Hence, even Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} material can be effectively used as an efficient spin injector as well as detector, making it an attractive candidate for the room temperature spintronics device applications.

  3. Enhancing spin injection efficiency through half-metallic miniband conduction in a spin-filter superlattice

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    Yang, Yi-Hang; Li, Lin; Liu, Fen; Gao, Zhi-Wei; Miao, Guo-Xing

    2016-02-01

    We theoretically and numerically studied the band structure and spin transport of electrons subject to a superlattice structure where magnetic semiconductor layers lie between normal semiconductor layers to form periodic spin-filter tunnel barriers. In this alternately deposited superlattice structure, due to the induced periodicity of the envelope wavefunctions, there are additional allowed and forbidden energy regions established, i.e. forming minibands that are far narrower than the conventional conduction bands. The number and thickness of the stacked potential profiles can finely tune these minibands. The spin dependent potential barriers also induce spin splitting at the bottom of each miniband, which generates strongly spin-dependent miniband conduction. Most strikingly, the lowest lying miniband is 100% spin-polarized mimicking a half-metallic behavior on this conduction channel. The total transmission electron current carries thus near-perfectly polarized spin currents when the superlattice falls into suitable miniband conduction regime. This half-metallic miniband enhanced spin-filtering capability paves the way to generate highly polarized spin current without incurring exponentially increased device impedance, as usually happens when only a single spin-filter barrier is applied.

  4. Efficient Spin Injection into Silicon and the Role of the Schottky Barrier

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    Dankert, André; Dulal, Ravi S.; Dash, Saroj P.

    2013-01-01

    Implementing spin functionalities in Si, and understanding the fundamental processes of spin injection and detection, are the main challenges in spintronics. Here we demonstrate large spin polarizations at room temperature, 34% in n-type and 10% in p-type degenerate Si bands, using a narrow Schottky and a SiO2 tunnel barrier in a direct tunneling regime. Furthermore, by increasing the width of the Schottky barrier in non-degenerate p-type Si, we observed a systematic sign reversal of the Hanle signal in the low bias regime. This dramatic change in the spin injection and detection processes with increased Schottky barrier resistance may be due to a decoupling of the spins in the interface states from the bulk band of Si, yielding a transition from a direct to a localized state assisted tunneling. Our study provides a deeper insight into the spin transport phenomenon, which should be considered for electrical spin injection into any semiconductor. PMID:24217343

  5. Probing spin accumulation in Ni/Au/Ni single-electron transistors with efficient spin injection and detection electrodes.

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    Liu, R S; Pettersson, H; Michalak, L; Canali, C M; Samuelson, L

    2007-01-01

    We have investigated spin accumulation in Ni/Au/Ni single-electron transistors assembled by atomic force microscopy. The fabrication technique is unique in that unconventional hybrid devices can be realized with unprecedented control, including real-time tunable tunnel resistances. A grid of Au disks, 30 nm in diameter and 30 nm thick, is prepared on a SiO2 surface by conventional e-beam writing. Subsequently, 30 nm thick ferromagnetic Ni source, drain, and side-gate electrodes are formed in similar process steps. The width and length of the source and drain electrodes were different to exhibit different coercive switching fields. Tunnel barriers of NiO are realized by sequential Ar and O2 plasma treatment. By use of an atomic force microscope with specially designed software, a single nonmagnetic Au nanodisk is positioned into the 25 nm gap between the source and drain electrodes. The resistance of the device is monitored in real time while the Au disk is manipulated step-by-step with angstrom-level precision. Transport measurements in magnetic field at 1.7 K reveal no clear spin accumulation in the device, which can be attributed to fast spin relaxation in the Au disk. From numerical simulations using the rate-equation approach of orthodox Coulomb blockade theory, we can put an upper bound of a few nanoseconds on the spin-relaxation time for electrons in the Au disk. To confirm the magnetic switching characteristics and spin injection efficiency of the Ni electrodes, we fabricated a test structure consisting of a Ni/NiO/Ni magnetic tunnel junction with asymmetric dimensions of the electrodes similar to those of the single-electron transistors. Magnetoresistance measurements on the test device exhibited clear signs of magnetic reversal and a maximum tunneling magnetoresistance of 10%, from which we deduced a spin polarization of about 22% in the Ni electrodes.

  6. Efficient injection of spin-polarized electrons from manganese arsenide contacts into aluminum gallium arsenide/gallium arsenide spin LEDs

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    Schweidenback, Lars

    In this thesis we describe two spectroscopic projects project on semiconductor heterostructures, as well as putting together and testing a micro-photoluminescence/7 tesla magnet system for the study of micron size two-dimensional crystals. Below we discuss the three parts in more detail. i) MnAs-based spin light emitting diodes. We have studied the injection of spin-polarized electrons from a ferromagnetic MnAs contact into an AlGaAs(n)/GaAs(i)/AlGaAs(p) n-i-p light emitting diode. We have recorder the emitted electroluminescence as function of magnetic field applied at right angles to the device plane in the 7-300 K temperature range. It was found that at 7 Kelvin the emitted light is circularly polarized with a polarization that is proportional to the MnAs contact magnetization with a saturation value of 26% for B > 1.25 tesla. The polarization persists up to room temperature with a saturation value of 6%. ii) Optical Aharonov-Bohm effect in InGaAs quantum wells. The excitonic photoluminescence intensity from InGaAs quantum wells as function of magnetic field exhibits two local maxima superimposed on a decreasing background. The maxima are attributed to the optical Aharonov-Bohm effect of electrons orbiting around a hole localized at the center of an Indium rich InGaAs islands detected by cross sectional scanning tunneling microscopy. Analysis of the position of the maxima yields a value of the electron orbit radius. iii) Micro-Photoluminescence. We have put together a micro-photoluminescence /7 tesla system for the study of two dimensional crystals. The samples are placed inside a continuous flow cryostat whose tail is positioned in the bore of the 7 tesla magnet. A microscope objective is used to focus the exciting laser light and collect the emitted photoluminescence. The system was tested by recording the photoluminescence spectra of WS2 and WSe 2 monolayers at T = 77 K.

  7. Efficient spin transport through polyaniline

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    Mendes, J. B. S.; Alves Santos, O.; Gomes, J. P.; Assis, H. S.; Felix, J. F.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.

    2017-01-01

    By using the spin pumping process, we show that it is possible to transport a pure spin current across layers of conducting polyaniline (PANI) with several hundred nanometers sandwiched between a film of the ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) and a thin layer of platinum. The spin current generated by microwave-driven ferromagnetic resonance of the YIG film, injected through the YIG/PANI interface, crosses the whole PANI layer and then is injected into the Pt layer. By means of the inverse spin Hall effect in the Pt, the spin current is converted into charge current and electrically detected as a dc voltage. We measured a spin diffusion length in PANI of 590 ± 40 nm, which is very large compared with normal metals, demonstrating that PANI can be used as an efficient spin current conductor and poor charge current conductor, opening the path towards spintronics applications based in this very attractive material.

  8. Inverse spin Hall effect by spin injection

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    Liu, S. Y.; Horing, Norman J. M.; Lei, X. L.

    2007-09-01

    Motivated by a recent experiment [S. O. Valenzuela and M. Tinkham, Nature (London) 442, 176 (2006)], the authors present a quantitative microscopic theory to investigate the inverse spin-Hall effect with spin injection into aluminum considering both intrinsic and extrinsic spin-orbit couplings using the orthogonalized-plane-wave method. Their theoretical results are in good agreement with the experimental data. It is also clear that the magnitude of the anomalous Hall resistivity is mainly due to contributions from extrinsic skew scattering.

  9. MoO3 Films Spin-Coated from Nanoparticle Suspension for Efficient Hole-Injection in Organic Electronics

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    Meyer, Jens; Khalandovsky, Rebecca; Görrn, Patrick; Kahn, Antoine

    2010-10-26

    MoO3 films spin-coated from a suspension of nanoparticles, which offers energetic properties nearly identical to those of thermally evaporated MoO3 films, are reported. It is demonstrated that our solution-based MoO3 acts as a very efficient hole-injection layer for organic devices.

  10. Electrically-induced Spin Coherence by Ultrafast Electrical Spin Injection.

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    Beschoten, B.; Schreiber, L.; Moritz, J.; Schwark, C.; Guentherodt, G.; Lou, X.; Crowell, P.; Adelmann, C.; Palmstrom, C.

    2008-03-01

    Efficient electrical spin injection from a ferromagnet into a semiconductor has been demonstrated for various material systems by steady-state experiments. We introduce a novel time-resolved technique based on electrical pumping and optical probing. As a pump we apply ultrafast current pulses (˜200ps) to electrically inject spin packets from an iron layer through a reverse biased Schottky barrier into a n-GaAs layer. Spin coherence in the semiconductor is probed by subsequent spin precession in a transverse magnetic field using time-resolved Faraday rotation. We observe spin precession for current pulse widths down to 200 ps. The spin polarization of the spin packets is directly measured by Faraday rotation and is found to increase linearly with the current pulse width for pulses shorter than 3 ns at small magnetic fields. This finding together with independent measurements of the samples' high frequency bandwidth indicate that even shorter than 200 ps pulses might be used for generating coherent spin currents in our devices. Work supported by BMBF, DFG and HGF.

  11. Spin polarisation of ultrashort spin current pulses injected in semiconductors

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    Battiato, M.

    2017-05-01

    Ultrashort spin current pulses have great potential to become carriers of information in future ultrafast spintronics. They present the outstanding property of an extremely compressed time profile, which can allow for the building up of spintronics operating at the unprecedented THz frequencies. The ultrashort spin pulses, however, still lack other desirable features. For instance the spatial profile resembles more that of a spill rather than that of a spatially compressed pulse. Moreover the ultrashort spin current pulses can travel only across small distances in metals. The injection of the ultrashort spin pulses from the metallic ferromagnet, where they have to be generated, into a semiconductor is proposed as the first step to overcome both issues by allowing the excited electrons to propagate in a medium with few scatterings. However designing efficient interfaces for the injection is challenging due to practical constraints like chemical and structural stability. This work therefore expands the study of injection to a broader range of interfaces, and analyses how different metallic layers and semiconductors influence the amplitude, the spin polarisation and duration of the ultrashort pulses. This provides guidelines for the selection of efficient interfaces and, equally importantly, experimentally testable trends.

  12. Coherent manipulation of nuclear spins using spin injection from a half-metallic spin source

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    Uemura, Tetsuya; Akiho, Takafumi; Ebina, Yuya; Yamamoto, Masafumi

    2016-10-01

    We have developed a novel nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system that uses spin injection from a highly polarized spin source. Efficient spin injection into GaAs from a half-metallic spin source of Mn-rich Co2MnSi enabled an efficient dynamic nuclear polarization of Ga and As nuclei in GaAs and a sensitive detection of NMR signals. Moreover, coherent control of nuclear spins, or the Rabi oscillation between two quantum levels formed at Ga nuclei, induced by a pulsed NMR has been demonstrated at a relatively low magnetic field of ˜0.1 T. This provides a novel all-electrical solid-state NMR system with the high spatial resolution and high sensitivity needed to implement scalable nuclear-spin based qubits.

  13. Influence of thermal annealing on the spin injection and spin detection through Fe/GaAs interfaces

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    Liefeith, Lennart-Knud Tholapi, Rajkiran; Hänze, Max; Hartmann, Robert; Slobodskyy, Taras; Hansen, Wolfgang

    2016-05-23

    A strong bias asymmetry of the spin-injection efficiency through an epitaxial Fe/GaAs Schottky tunnel contact is observed. Low-temperature post-growth thermal annealing is shown to strongly affect the spin-injection efficiency. The annealing leads either to a reduction or an enhancement. The spin accumulation is addressed electrically in a lateral spin-valve geometry using a non-local spin-valve setup at liquid helium temperatures. A spin-injection efficiency of up to 5.5% is estimated from experimental results. The electrical properties of the Schottky tunnel diode do not reflect the bias asymmetry and the changes in the spin-injection efficiency during annealing. Formation of spin-polarized interface states (IS) close to the Fermi-level is a possible explanation. The IS will not only radically affect the spin-injection but also the spin-detection process.

  14. Memory and Spin Injection Devices Involving Half Metals

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    Shaughnessy, M.; Snow, Ryan; Damewood, L.; ...

    2011-01-01

    We suggest memory and spin injection devices fabricated with half-metallic materials and based on the anomalous Hall effect. Schematic diagrams of the memory chips, in thin film and bulk crystal form, are presented. Spin injection devices made in thin film form are also suggested. These devices do not need any external magnetic field but make use of their own magnetization. Only a gate voltage is needed. The carriers are 100% spin polarized. Memory devices may potentially be smaller, faster, and less volatile than existing ones, and the injection devices may be much smaller and more efficient than existing spin injectionmore » devices.« less

  15. Efficient spin injection through a crystalline AlOx tunnel barrier prepared by the oxidation of an ultra-thin Al epitaxial layer on GaAs

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    Nishizawa, N.; Munekata, H.

    2013-07-01

    We report that an ultra-thin, post-oxidized aluminum epilayer grown on the AlGaAs surface works as a high-quality tunnel barrier for spin injection from a ferromagnetic metal to a semiconductor. One of the key points of the present oxidation method is the formation of the crystalline AlOx template layer without oxidizing the AlGaAs region near the Al/AlGaAs interface. The oxidized Al layer is not amorphous but show well-defined single crystalline feature reminiscent of the spinel γ-AlOx phase. A spin-light emitting diode consisting of a Fe layer, a crystalline AlOx barrier layer, and an AlGaAs-InGaAs double hetero-structure has exhibited circularly polarized electroluminescence with circular polarization of PEL ˜ 0.145 at the remnant magnetization state of the Fe layer, indicating the relatively high spin injection efficiency (≡2PEL/PFe) of 0.63.

  16. Spin transport in non-magnetic nano-structures induced by non-local spin injection

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    Idzuchi, Hiroshi; Fukuma, Yasuhiro; Otani, YoshiChika

    2015-04-01

    We review our recent achievements on optimization of spin injection from ferromagnetic into non-magnetic metals and characterization of spin transport properties in the non-magnetic nano-structures. We have realized the efficient spin injection by solving spin resistance mismatch problem in spin diffusion process across the interface between ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic metals. We analyzed temperature dependent spin relaxation length and time in Ag within the framework of the Elliot-Yafet mechanism based on spin-orbit interaction and momentum relaxation. The spin relaxation length in a light metal Mg is found comparable to that of Ag due to its peculiar electronic band structure in which so called spin-hotspots dramatically enhance spin relaxation. Spin relaxation properties in various metals are also quantitatively discussed. We employed commonly used Hanle effect measurements to characterize spin relaxation of spin current and reexamined both theoretically and experimentally the effect of spin absorption at the interface. The affected spatial profile of chemical potential due to the longitudinal and transverse spin absorption results in the broadened Hanle curve. All the Hanle curves both in metallic and semi-conductive materials including graphene fall into the universal scaling plot. Anatomy of spin injection properties of the junction and spin transport properties in non-magnetic metal is shown in tables.

  17. Graphene-WS2 heterostructures for tunable spin injection and spin transport

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    Omar, S.; van Wees, B. J.

    2017-02-01

    We report the first measurements of spin injection into graphene through a 20-nm-thick tungsten disulphide (WS2) layer, along with a modified spin relaxation time (τs) in graphene in the WS2 environment, via spin-valve and Hanle spin-precession measurements, respectively. First, during the spin injection into graphene through a WS2-graphene interface, we can tune the interface resistance at different current bias and modify the spin injection efficiency, in a correlation with the conductivity-mismatch theory. Temperature assisted tunneling is identified as a dominant mechanism for the charge transport across the interface. Second, we measure the spin transport in graphene, underneath the WS2 crystal, and observe a significant reduction in the τs down to 17 ps in graphene in the WS2 covered region, compared to that in its pristine state. The reduced τs indicates the WS2-proximity induced additional dephasing of the spins in graphene.

  18. Spin injection beyond the diffusive limit in the presence of spin-orbit coupling

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    Liefeith, Lennart-Knud; Tholapi, Rajkiran; Ishikura, Tomotsugu; Hänze, Max; Hartmann, Robert; Slobodskyy, Taras; Hansen, Wolfgang

    2017-02-01

    Spin injection from epitaxial iron into InGaAs/InAs quantum wells is observed using an all-electric nonlocal setup. From the choice of material, a significant spin-orbit interaction (SOI) is expected. The contact separation of the spin-valve devices is in the order of the mean free path so that the transport is at the transition between diffusive and ballistic. With an established purely diffusive model a spin-injection efficiency of 77 % is determined from the data. This value is very large compared to previous observations on diffusive spin-valve devices on similar material systems. Motivated by similar results on ballistic spin-valve devices in a material system with small spin-orbit coupling, a recent model was suggested in which a ballistic spin-dephasing length was pointed out to be the crucial length scale. With this model and an experimentally determined spin-orbit coupling parameter of α =4 ×10-12 eV m, very high spin-injection efficiencies are still determined in our quantum wells. We suggest that the spin-dephasing length to be used in the model must be larger due to the crystallographic anisotropy of the spin-orbit coupling, i.e., in our setup the SOI stabilizes the spin in the crystal direction of the spin-polarized current.

  19. Room temperature electrical spin injection into GaAs by an oxide spin injector

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    Bhat, Shwetha G.; Kumar, P. S. Anil

    2014-01-01

    Spin injection, manipulation and detection are the integral parts of spintronics devices and have attracted tremendous attention in the last decade. It is necessary to judiciously choose the right combination of materials to have compatibility with the existing semiconductor technology. Conventional metallic magnets were the first choice for injecting spins into semiconductors in the past. So far there is no success in using a magnetic oxide material for spin injection, which is very important for the development of oxide based spintronics devices. Here we demonstrate the electrical spin injection from an oxide magnetic material Fe3O4, into GaAs with the help of tunnel barrier MgO at room temperature using 3-terminal Hanle measurement technique. A spin relaxation time τ ~ 0.9 ns for n-GaAs at 300 K is observed along with expected temperature dependence of τ. Spin injection using Fe3O4/MgO system is further established by injecting spins into p-GaAs and a τ of ~0.32 ns is obtained at 300 K. Enhancement of spin injection efficiency is seen with barrier thickness. In the field of spin injection and detection, our work using an oxide magnetic material establishes a good platform for the development of room temperature oxide based spintronics devices. PMID:24998440

  20. Optical spin injection in graphene with Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Inglot, M.; Dugaev, V. K.; Sherman, E. Ya.; Barnaś, J.

    2014-04-01

    We calculate the efficiency of infrared optical spin injection in single-layer graphene with Rashba spin-orbit coupling and for the in-plane magnetic field. The injection rate in the photon frequency range corresponding to the Rashba splitting is shown to be proportional to the ratio of the Zeeman and Rashba splittings. As a result, a large spin polarization can be controllably achieved for experimentally available values of the spin-orbit coupling and in magnetic fields below 10 T, without using ferromagnetic contacts.

  1. Ultrafast and Gigantic Spin Injection in Semiconductors

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    Battiato, M.; Held, K.

    2016-05-01

    The injection of spin currents in semiconductors is one of the big challenges of spintronics. Motivated by the ultrafast demagnetization and spin injection into metals, we propose an alternative femtosecond route based on the laser excitation of superdiffusive spin currents in a ferromagnet such as Ni. Our calculations show that even though only a fraction of the current crosses the Ni-Si interface, the laser-induced creation of strong transient electrical fields at a ferromagnet-semiconductor interface allows for the injection of chargeless spin currents with record spin polarizations of 80%. Beyond that they are pulsed on the time scale of 100 fs which opens the door for new experiments and ultrafast spintronics.

  2. Spin injection and spin transport in paramagnetic insulators

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2016-02-22

    We investigate the spin injection and the spin transport in paramagnetic insulators described by simple Heisenberg interactions using auxiliary particle methods. Some of these methods allow access to both paramagnetic states above magnetic transition temperatures and magnetic states at low temperatures. It is predicted that the spin injection at an interface with a normal metal is rather insensitive to temperatures above the magnetic transition temperature. On the other hand below the transition temperature, it decreases monotonically and disappears at zero temperature. We also analyze the bulk spin conductance. We show that the conductance becomes zero at zero temperature as predictedmore » by linear spin wave theory but increases with temperature and is maximized around the magnetic transition temperature. These findings suggest that the compromise between the two effects determines the optimal temperature for spintronics applications utilizing magnetic insulators.« less

  3. Spin injection and spin transport in paramagnetic insulators

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2016-02-22

    We investigate the spin injection and the spin transport in paramagnetic insulators described by simple Heisenberg interactions using auxiliary particle methods. Some of these methods allow access to both paramagnetic states above magnetic transition temperatures and magnetic states at low temperatures. It is predicted that the spin injection at an interface with a normal metal is rather insensitive to temperatures above the magnetic transition temperature. On the other hand below the transition temperature, it decreases monotonically and disappears at zero temperature. We also analyze the bulk spin conductance. We show that the conductance becomes zero at zero temperature as predicted by linear spin wave theory but increases with temperature and is maximized around the magnetic transition temperature. These findings suggest that the compromise between the two effects determines the optimal temperature for spintronics applications utilizing magnetic insulators.

  4. Spin injection and absorption in antiferromagnets (Conference Presentation)

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    Frangou, Lamprini; Merodio, Pablo; Ghosh, Abhijit; Oyarzun, Simon; Auffret, Stephane; Ebels, Ursula; Chshiev, Mair; Bea, Helene; Vila, Laurent; Bailey, William E.; Gambarelli, Serge; Baltz, Vincent

    2016-10-01

    The antiferromagnetic order is expected to have a high potential in next-generation spintronic applications. It is resistant to perturbation by magnetic fields, produces no stray fields, displays ultrafast dynamics and may generate large magneto-transport effects. In spintronic materials, spin currents are key to unravelling spin dependent transport phenomena. Here, spin pumping results from the non-equilibrium magnetization dynamics of a ferromagnetic spin injector, which pumps a spin current into an adjacent spin sink. This spin sink absorbs the current to an extent which depends on its spin-dependent properties. The properties of the spin sink can be recorded either through the changes induced in ferromagnetic damping or through direct electrical means, such as by measuring the inverse spin Hall voltage. In this talk, we will deal with the injection of a spin current in thin antiferromagnetic sinks. Measurements of the spin penetration depths and absorption mechanisms were obtained for polycrystalline Ir20Mn80 and Fe50Mn50 films (Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 032406 (2014)). More interestingly, spins propagate more efficiently in layers where the magnetic order is fluctuating rather than static. The experimental data were compared to some of the recently developed theories and converted into interfacial spin mixing conductance enhancements. These findings help us progress towards the development of more efficient spin sources, while also providing an alternative method to probe magnetic phase transitions (Phys. Rev. Lett. in press (2016)). This type of alternative method is particularly needed to deal with the case of thin materials with no net magnetic moments, such as thin antiferromagnets.

  5. Spin injection from Heusler alloys into semiconductors: A materials perspective

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    Farshchi, R.; Ramsteiner, M.

    2013-05-01

    The notion of using electron spins as bits for highly efficient computation coupled with non-volatile data storage has driven an intense international research effort over the past decade. Such an approach, known as spin-based electronics or spintronics, is considered to be a promising alternative to charge-based electronics in future integrated circuit technologies. Many proposed spin-based devices, such as the well-known spin-transistor, require injection of spin polarized currents from ferromagnetic layers into semiconductor channels, where the degree of injected spin polarization is crucial to the overall device performance. Several ferromagnetic Heusler alloys are predicted to be half-metallic, meaning 100% spin-polarized at the Fermi level, and hence considered to be excellent candidates for electrical spin injection. Furthermore, they exhibit high Curie temperatures and close lattice matching to III-V semiconductors. Despite their promise, Heusler alloy/semiconductor heterostructures investigated in the past decade have failed to fulfill the expectation of near perfect spin injection and in certain cases have even demonstrated inferior behavior compared to their elemental ferromagnetic counterparts. To address this problem, a slew of theoretical and experimental work has emerged studying Heusler alloy/semiconductor interface properties. Here, we review the dominant prohibitive materials challenges that have been identified, namely atomic disorder in the Heusler alloy and in-diffusion of magnetic impurities into the semiconductor, and their ensuing detrimental effects on spin injection. To mitigate these effects, we propose the incorporation of half-metallic Heusler alloys grown at high temperatures (>200 °C) along with insertion of a MgO tunnel barrier at the ferromagnet/semiconductor interface to minimize magnetic impurity in-diffusion and potentially act as a spin-filter. By considering evidence from a variety of structural, optical, and electrical

  6. Spin Funneling for Enhanced Spin Injection into Ferromagnets

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    Sayed, Shehrin; Diep, Vinh Q.; Camsari, Kerem Yunus; Datta, Supriyo

    2016-01-01

    It is well-established that high spin-orbit coupling (SOC) materials convert a charge current density into a spin current density which can be used to switch a magnet efficiently and there is increasing interest in identifying materials with large spin Hall angle for lower switching current. Using experimentally benchmarked models, we show that composite structures can be designed using existing spin Hall materials such that the effective spin Hall angle is larger by an order of magnitude. The basic idea is to funnel spins from a large area of spin Hall material into a small area of ferromagnet using a normal metal with large spin diffusion length and low resistivity like Cu or Al. We show that this approach is increasingly effective as magnets get smaller. We avoid unwanted charge current shunting by the low resistive NM layer utilizing the newly discovered phenomenon of pure spin conduction in ferromagnetic insulators via magnon diffusion. We provide a spin circuit model for magnon diffusion in FMI that is benchmarked against recent experiments and theory. PMID:27374496

  7. Spin Funneling for Enhanced Spin Injection into Ferromagnets

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    Sayed, Shehrin; Diep, Vinh Q.; Camsari, Kerem Yunus; Datta, Supriyo

    2016-07-01

    It is well-established that high spin-orbit coupling (SOC) materials convert a charge current density into a spin current density which can be used to switch a magnet efficiently and there is increasing interest in identifying materials with large spin Hall angle for lower switching current. Using experimentally benchmarked models, we show that composite structures can be designed using existing spin Hall materials such that the effective spin Hall angle is larger by an order of magnitude. The basic idea is to funnel spins from a large area of spin Hall material into a small area of ferromagnet using a normal metal with large spin diffusion length and low resistivity like Cu or Al. We show that this approach is increasingly effective as magnets get smaller. We avoid unwanted charge current shunting by the low resistive NM layer utilizing the newly discovered phenomenon of pure spin conduction in ferromagnetic insulators via magnon diffusion. We provide a spin circuit model for magnon diffusion in FMI that is benchmarked against recent experiments and theory.

  8. Opto-Valleytronic Spin Injection in Monolayer MoS2/Few-Layer Graphene Hybrid Spin Valves.

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    Luo, Yunqiu Kelly; Xu, Jinsong; Zhu, Tiancong; Wu, Guanzhong; McCormick, Elizabeth J; Zhan, Wenbo; Neupane, Mahesh R; Kawakami, Roland K

    2017-06-14

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials provide a unique platform for spintronics and valleytronics due to the ability to combine vastly different functionalities into one vertically stacked heterostructure, where the strengths of each of the constituent materials can compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Graphene has been demonstrated to be an exceptional material for spin transport at room temperature; however, it lacks a coupling of the spin and optical degrees of freedom. In contrast, spin/valley polarization can be efficiently generated in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) such as MoS2 via absorption of circularly polarized photons, but lateral spin or valley transport has not been realized at room temperature. In this Letter, we fabricate monolayer MoS2/few-layer graphene hybrid spin valves and demonstrate, for the first time, the opto-valleytronic spin injection across a TMD/graphene interface. We observe that the magnitude and direction of spin polarization is controlled by both helicity and photon energy. In addition, Hanle spin precession measurements confirm optical spin injection, spin transport, and electrical detection up to room temperature. Finally, analysis by a one-dimensional drift-diffusion model quantifies the optically injected spin current and the spin transport parameters. Our results demonstrate a 2D spintronic/valleytronic system that achieves optical spin injection and lateral spin transport at room temperature in a single device, which paves the way for multifunctional 2D spintronic devices for memory and logic applications.

  9. Organic Spin-Valves and Beyond: Spin Injection and Transport in Organic Semiconductors and the Effect of Interfacial Engineering.

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    Jang, Hyuk-Jae; Richter, Curt A

    2017-01-01

    Since the first observation of the spin-valve effect through organic semiconductors, efforts to realize novel spintronic technologies based on organic semiconductors have been rapidly growing. However, a complete understanding of spin-polarized carrier injection and transport in organic semiconductors is still lacking and under debate. For example, there is still no clear understanding of major spin-flip mechanisms in organic semiconductors and the role of hybrid metal-organic interfaces in spin injection. Recent findings suggest that organic single crystals can provide spin-transport media with much less structural disorder relative to organic thin films, thus reducing momentum scattering. Additionally, modification of the band energetics, morphology, and even spin magnetic moment at the metal-organic interface by interface engineering can greatly impact the efficiency of spin-polarized carrier injection. Here, progress on efficient spin-polarized carrier injection into organic semiconductors from ferromagnetic metals by using various interface engineering techniques is presented, such as inserting a metallic interlayer, a molecular self-assembled monolayer (SAM), and a ballistic carrier emitter. In addition, efforts to realize long spin transport in single-crystalline organic semiconductors are discussed. The focus here is on understanding and maximizing spin-polarized carrier injection and transport in organic semiconductors and insight is provided for the realization of emerging organic spintronics technologies.

  10. Theoretical and experimental investigation of optically spin-injected VECSEL

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    Joly, Alexandre; Frougier, Julien; Baili, Ghaya; Alouini, Mehdi; George, Jean-Marie; Sagnes, Isabelle; Dolfi, Daniel

    2016-02-01

    We report theoretical and experimental analysis of spin-injected VECSELs. First, we fabricate and characterize an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well VECSEL. The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the VECSEL polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This first result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the laser. Then, we report birefringence measurements of the VECSEL in oscillating conditions. The proposed technique relies on the measurement in the microwave domain of the beatnote between the oscillating mode and the amplified spontaneous emission of the cross-polarized non-lasing field lying in the following longitudinal mode. This technique is shown to offer extremely high sensitivity and accuracy enabling to track the amount of residual birefringence according to the laser operation conditions. Finally, we discuss the compensation of the residual linear phase anisotropy by controlling the birefringence of an intracavity electro-optical crystal. A 44-fold birefringence reduction is obtained. Besides, we study the modification of the laser polarization eigen states with birefringence compensation: a rotation of the linear polarization state is observed when the total phase anisotropy is reduced. An elliptical polarization eigen state is obtained at the minimum of the birefringence into the laser cavity, more favorable for spin injection.

  11. Separating inverse spin Hall voltage and spin rectification voltage by inverting spin injection direction

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    Zhang, Wenxu Peng, Bin; Han, Fangbin; Wang, Qiuru; Zhang, Wanli; Soh, Wee Tee; Ong, Chong Kim

    2016-03-07

    We develop a method for universally resolving the important issue of separating the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) from the spin rectification effect (SRE) signal. This method is based on the consideration that the two effects depend on the spin injection direction: The ISHE is an odd function of the spin injection direction while the SRE is independent on it. Thus, the inversion of the spin injection direction changes the ISHE voltage signal, while the SRE voltage remains. It applies generally to analyzing the different voltage contributions without fitting them to special line shapes. This fast and simple method can be used in a wide frequency range and has the flexibility of sample preparation.

  12. Dynamical spin injection at a quasi-one-dimensional ferromagnet-graphene interface

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    Singh, S.; Ahmadi, A.; Mucciolo, E. R.; Barco, E. del; Cherian, C. T.; Özyilmaz, B.

    2015-01-19

    We present a study of dynamical spin injection from a three-dimensional ferromagnet into two-dimensional single-layer graphene. Comparative ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) studies of ferromagnet/graphene strips buried underneath the central line of a coplanar waveguide show that the FMR linewidth broadening is the largest when the graphene layer protrudes laterally away from the ferromagnetic strip, indicating that the spin current is injected into the graphene areas away from the area directly underneath the ferromagnet being excited. Our results confirm that the observed damping is indeed a signature of dynamical spin injection, wherein a pure spin current is pumped into the single-layer graphene from the precessing magnetization of the ferromagnet. The observed spin pumping efficiency is difficult to reconcile with the expected backflow of spins according to the standard spin pumping theory and the characteristics of graphene, and constitutes an enigma for spin pumping in two-dimensional structures.

  13. Optical injection of spin currents in semiconductors

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    Bhat, Ravi D. R.; Sipe, John E.

    2000-03-01

    We propose a scheme in which electron spin currents can be optically injected in an unbiased bulk semiconductor. It relies on the interference between one- and two-photon absorption from a beam and its phase-related second harmonic. Previously, this interference has been shown to lead to an electron current that can be controlled by the relative phase of the two co-linearly polarized beams [1]. Here we show that, with co-circularly polarized beams, the resulting electron current carries a net spin, while with cross-polarized beams there is a spin current with no net magnetization and no net electron current. We characterize the spin currents using a Kane model of a direct bandgap semiconductor, although many of the results can be expected to hold if a more fundamental description is adopted. [1] A. Haché, Y. Kostoulas, R. Atanasov, J.L.P. Hughes, J.E. Sipe, and H.M. van Driel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 306 (1997).

  14. Thermal spin injection and interface insensitivity in permalloy/aluminum metallic nonlocal spin valves

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    Hojem, A.; Wesenberg, D.; Zink, B. L.

    2016-07-01

    We present measurements of thermal and electrical spin injection in nanoscale metallic nonlocal spin valve structures. Informed by measurements of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity of representative films made using a micromachined Si-N thermal isolation platform, we use simple analytical and finite-element thermal models to determine limits on the thermal gradient driving thermal spin injection and calculate the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient to be -0.5 μ V /K >Ss>-1.6 μ V /K . This is comparable in terms of the fraction of the absolute Seebeck coefficient to previous results, despite dramatically smaller electrical spin injection signals. Since the small electrical spin signals are likely caused by interfacial effects, we conclude that thermal spin injection is less sensitive to the ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic interface, and possibly benefits from the presence of oxidized ferromagnets, which further stimulates interest in thermal spin injection for applications in sensors and pure spin current sources.

  15. Domain wall displacement by remote spin-current injection

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    Skirdkov, P. N.; Zvezdin, K. A.; Belanovsky, A. D.; Zvezdin, A. K.; Grollier, J.; Cros, V.

    2014-06-16

    We demonstrate numerically the ability to displace a magnetic domain wall (DW) by remote spin current injection. We consider a long and narrow magnetic nanostripe with a single DW. The spin-polarized current is injected perpendicularly to the film plane through a small nanocontact which is located at certain distance from the DW initial position. We show that the DW motion can be initiated not only by conventional spin-transfer torque but also by indirect spin-torque, created by remote spin-current injection and then transferred to the DW by the exchange-spring mechanism. An analytical description of this effect is proposed.

  16. Robust spin-current injection in lateral spin valves with two-terminal Co2FeSi spin injectors

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    Oki, S.; Kurokawa, T.; Honda, S.; Yamada, S.; Kanashima, T.; Itoh, H.; Hamaya, K.

    2017-05-01

    We demonstrate generation and detection of pure spin currents by combining a two-terminal spin-injection technique and Co2FeSi (CFS) spin injectors in lateral spin valves (LSVs). We find that the two-terminal spin injection with CFS has the robust dependence of the nonlocal spin signals on the applied bias currents, markedly superior to the four-terminal spin injection with permalloy reported previously. In our LSVs, since the spin transfer torque from one CFS injector to another CFS one is large, the nonlocal magnetoresistance with respect to applied magnetic fields shows large asymmetry in high bias-current conditions. For utilizing multi-terminal spin injection with CFS as a method for magnetization reversals, the terminal arrangement of CFS spin injectors should be taken into account.

  17. Fast electron spin resonance controlled manipulation of spin injection into quantum dots

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    Merz, Andreas Siller, Jan; Schittny, Robert; Krämmer, Christoph; Kalt, Heinz; Hetterich, Michael

    2014-06-23

    In our spin-injection light-emitting diodes, electrons are spin-polarized in a semimagnetic ZnMnSe spin aligner and then injected into InGaAs quantum dots. The resulting electron spin state can be read out by measuring the circular polarization state of the emitted light. Here, we resonantly excite the Mn 3d electron spin system with microwave pulses and perform time-resolved measurements of the spin dynamics. We find that we are able to control the spin polarization of the injected electrons on a microsecond timescale. This electron spin resonance induced spin control could be one of the ingredients required to utilize the quantum dot electrons or the Mn spins as qubits.

  18. Spin injection in n-type resonant tunneling diodes

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    2012-01-01

    We have studied the polarized resolved photoluminescence of n-type GaAs/AlAs/GaAlAs resonant tunneling diodes under magnetic field parallel to the tunnel current. Under resonant tunneling conditions, we have observed two emission lines attributed to neutral (X) and negatively charged excitons (X−). We have observed a voltage-controlled circular polarization degree from the quantum well emission for both lines, with values up to −88% at 15 T at low voltages which are ascribed to an efficient spin injection from the 2D gases formed at the accumulation layers. PMID:23098559

  19. Control of light polarization using optically spin-injected vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Frougier, J. Jaffrès, H.; Deranlot, C.; George, J.-M.; Baili, G.; Dolfi, D.; Alouini, M.; Sagnes, I.; Garnache, A.

    2013-12-16

    We fabricated and characterized an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the electromagnetic field polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium of the VECSEL. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the LASER.

  20. Spin injection from a normal metal into a mesoscopic superconductor

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    Wolf, M. J.; Hübler, F.; Kolenda, S.; v. Löhneysen, H.; Beckmann, D.

    2013-01-01

    We report on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures, with ferromagnetic as well as normal-metal tunnel junctions attached to the superconductor. In the presence of a strong Zeeman splitting of the density of states, both charge and spin imbalance is injected into the superconductor. While previous experiments demonstrated spin injection from ferromagnetic electrodes, we show that spin imbalance is also created for normal-metal injector contacts. Using the combination of ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors allows us to directly discriminate between charge and spin injection, and demonstrate a complete separation of charge and spin imbalance. The relaxation length of the spin imbalance is of the order of several μm and is found to increase with a magnetic field, but is independent of temperature. We further discuss possible relaxation mechanisms for the explanation of the spin relaxation length.

  1. Microscopic formulation of dynamical spin injection in ferromagnetic-nonmagnetic heterostructures

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    Ahmadi, Amin; Mucciolo, Eduardo R.

    2017-07-01

    We develop a microscopic formulation of dynamical spin injection in heterostructure comprising nonmagnetic metals in contact with ferromagnets. The spin pumping current is expressed in terms of Green's functions of the nonmagnetic metal attached to the ferromagnet where a precessing magnetization is induced. The formulation allows for the inclusion of spin-orbit coupling and disorder. The Green's functions involved in the expression for the current are expressed in real-space lattice coordinates and can thus be efficiently computed using recursive methods.

  2. Spin-current nano-oscillator based on nonlocal spin injection

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    Demidov, V. E.; Urazhdin, S.; Zholud, A.; Sadovnikov, A. V.; Slavin, A. N.; Demokritov, S. O.

    2015-01-01

    Nonlocal spin injection has been recognized as an efficient mechanism for creation of pure spin currents not tied to the electrical charge transfer. Here we demonstrate experimentally that it can induce coherent magnetization dynamics, which can be utilized for the implementation of novel microwave nano-sources for spintronic and magnonic applications. We show that such sources exhibit a small oscillation linewidth and are tunable over a wide frequency range by the static magnetic field. Spatially resolved measurements of the dynamical magnetization indicate a relatively large oscillation area, resulting in a high stability of the oscillation with respect to thermal fluctuations. We propose a simple quasilinear dynamical model that reproduces well the oscillation characteristics. PMID:25716118

  3. Conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power in a normal metal with spin-orbit coupling

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    Yan, Yonghong; Wu, Haifei; Jiang, Feng

    2016-12-01

    We theoretically investigate the conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power in a normal metal with spin-orbit coupling based on the Green's function method. The normal metal is connected with three leads. A spin current injected in one lead can induce a charge current between another two leads. We find that the conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power is roughly proportional to tSO4 when the spin-orbit coupling tSO is weak, suggesting that the efficiency is limited. Moreover, an increase of temperature may reduce the efficiency. The results may be useful in determining the overall efficiency of a thermoelectric setup based on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect.

  4. Electrical Spin-Injection into Silicon and Spin FET

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    2010-02-18

    MgO/silicon tunneling emitter NPN bipolar transistors . Device simulations revealed that the NDTC was the consequence of an inversion layer at...2009. He is now a research engineer at Intel Semiconductor Company. The aim of the project was to explore a tunneling emitter bipolar transistor as a...possible spin injector into silicon, and we have succeeded in that goal. The transistor has a metallic emitter that as a spin-injector will be a 1

  5. Large spin current injection in nano-pillar-based lateral spin valve

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    Nomura, Tatsuya; Ohnishi, Kohei; Kimura, Takashi

    2016-08-26

    We have investigated the influence of the injection of a large pure spin current on a magnetization process of a non-locally located ferromagnetic dot in nano-pillar-based lateral spin valves. Here, we prepared two kinds of the nano-pillar-type lateral spin valve based on Py nanodots and CoFeAl nanodots fabricated on a Cu film. In the Py/Cu lateral spin valve, although any significant change of the magnetization process of the Py nanodot has not been observed at room temperature. The magnetization reversal process is found to be modified by injecting a large pure spin current at 77 K. Switching the magnetization by the nonlocal spin injection has also been demonstrated at 77 K. In the CoFeAl/Cu lateral spin valve, a room temperature spin valve signal was strongly enhanced from the Py/Cu lateral spin valve because of the highly spin-polarized CoFeAl electrodes. The room temperature nonlocal switching has been demonstrated in the CoFeAl/Cu lateral spin valve.

  6. Spin injection effect in thin Bi2212 single crystal

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    Murata, Kenichiro; Otaka, Kazuto; Yamaki, Kazuhiro; Irie, Akinobu

    2017-07-01

    The influence of spin-injection on the in-plane transport properties of thin Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy (BSCCO) single crystal has been investigated. The in-plane transport measurements without and with spin injection were carried out at 77 K by four terminal method. The in-plane critical current was strongly reduced by injecting the current from Co/Au electrodes formed on the BSCCO bridge with 50 mm wide and 450 nm thick. Furthermore, it was observed that magnetic field dependence of the magnetoresistance shows a hysteresis loop. These results indicate that the in-plane superconductive transport property is affected by the spin-injection related to the magnetization of Co.

  7. Energy efficient hybrid computing systems using spin devices

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    Sharad, Mrigank

    Emerging spin-devices like magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ's), spin-valves and domain wall magnets (DWM) have opened new avenues for spin-based logic design. This work explored potential computing applications which can exploit such devices for higher energy-efficiency and performance. The proposed applications involve hybrid design schemes, where charge-based devices supplement the spin-devices, to gain large benefits at the system level. As an example, lateral spin valves (LSV) involve switching of nanomagnets using spin-polarized current injection through a metallic channel such as Cu. Such spin-torque based devices possess several interesting properties that can be exploited for ultra-low power computation. Analog characteristic of spin current facilitate non-Boolean computation like majority evaluation that can be used to model a neuron. The magneto-metallic neurons can operate at ultra-low terminal voltage of ˜20mV, thereby resulting in small computation power. Moreover, since nano-magnets inherently act as memory elements, these devices can facilitate integration of logic and memory in interesting ways. The spin based neurons can be integrated with CMOS and other emerging devices leading to different classes of neuromorphic/non-Von-Neumann architectures. The spin-based designs involve `mixed-mode' processing and hence can provide very compact and ultra-low energy solutions for complex computation blocks, both digital as well as analog. Such low-power, hybrid designs can be suitable for various data processing applications like cognitive computing, associative memory, and currentmode on-chip global interconnects. Simulation results for these applications based on device-circuit co-simulation framework predict more than ˜100x improvement in computation energy as compared to state of the art CMOS design, for optimal spin-device parameters.

  8. Spin injection and helicity control of surface spin photocurrent in a three dimensional topological insulator.

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    Huang, Y Q; Song, Y X; Wang, S M; Buyanova, I A; Chen, W M

    2017-05-22

    A three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator (TI) is a unique quantum phase of matter with exotic physical properties and promising spintronic applications. However, surface spin current in a common 3D TI remains difficult to control and the out-of-plane spin texture is largely unexplored. Here, by means of surface spin photocurrent in Bi2Te3 TI devices driven by circular polarized light, we identify the subtle effect of the spin texture of the topological surface state including the hexagonal warping term on the surface current. By exploring the out-of-plane spin texture, we demonstrate spin injection from GaAs to TI and its significant contribution to the surface current, which can be manipulated by an external magnetic field. These discoveries pave the way to not only intriguing new physics but also enriched spin functionalities by integrating TI with conventional semiconductors, such that spin-enabled optoelectronic devices may be fabricated in such hybrid structures.

  9. Spin injection and helicity control of surface spin photocurrent in a three dimensional topological insulator

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    Huang, Y. Q.; Song, Y. X.; Wang, S. M.; Buyanova, I. A.; Chen, W. M.

    2017-05-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator (TI) is a unique quantum phase of matter with exotic physical properties and promising spintronic applications. However, surface spin current in a common 3D TI remains difficult to control and the out-of-plane spin texture is largely unexplored. Here, by means of surface spin photocurrent in Bi2Te3 TI devices driven by circular polarized light, we identify the subtle effect of the spin texture of the topological surface state including the hexagonal warping term on the surface current. By exploring the out-of-plane spin texture, we demonstrate spin injection from GaAs to TI and its significant contribution to the surface current, which can be manipulated by an external magnetic field. These discoveries pave the way to not only intriguing new physics but also enriched spin functionalities by integrating TI with conventional semiconductors, such that spin-enabled optoelectronic devices may be fabricated in such hybrid structures.

  10. Tailoring spin injection and magnetoresistance in ferromagnet/graphene junctions from first principles

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    Lazic, Predrag; Sipahi, Guilherme; Kawakami, Roland; Zutic, Igor

    2013-03-01

    Recent experimental advances in graphene suggest intriguing opportunities for novel spintronic applications which could significantly exceed the state-of-the art performance of their conventional charge-based counterparts. However, for reliable operation of such spintronic devices it is important to achieve an efficient spin injection and large magnetoresistive effects. We use the first principles calculations to guide the choice of a ferromagnetic region and its relative orientation to optimize the desired effects. We propose structures which could enable uniform spin injection, one of the key factors in implementing scalable spintronic circuits. Supported by NSF-NRI, SRC, ONR, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, and CCR at SUNY UB.

  11. Enhanced optical spin current injection in the hexagonal lattice with intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Zou, Jianfei; Tang, Chunmei; Zhang, Aimei

    2017-04-01

    We study the photo-induced spin current injection in a hexagonal lattice with both intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions which is irradiated by a polarized light beam. It is found that the spin current injection rate could be enhanced as the graphene lattice is in the topological insulator state. Furthermore, the spin current injection rate could be remarkably modulated by the degree of polarization of light and its frequency.

  12. Spin injection into silicon detected by broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Ohshima, Ryo; Klingler, Stefan; Dushenko, Sergey; Ando, Yuichiro; Weiler, Mathias; Huebl, Hans; Shinjo, Teruya; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2017-05-01

    We studied the spin injection in a NiFe(Py)/Si system using broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The Gilbert damping parameter of the Py layer on top of the Si channel was determined as a function of the Si doping concentration and Py layer thickness. For a fixed Py thickness, we observed an increase in the Gilbert damping parameter with decreasing resistivity of the Si channel. For a fixed Si doping concentration, we measured an increasing Gilbert damping parameter for decreasing Py layer thickness. No increase in the Gilbert damping parameter was found for Py/Si samples with an insulating interlayer. We attribute our observations to an enhanced spin injection into the low-resistivity Si by spin pumping.

  13. Spin injection and spin-charge conversion in LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Bibes, Manuel; Lesne, Edouard; Rojas Sanchez, Juan Carlos; Oyarzun, Simon; Fu, Yu; Reyren, Nicolas; Jamet, Mathieu; Jacquet, Eric; Barthelemy, Agnes; George, Jean-Marie; Fert, Albert; Jaffres, Henri; Vila, Laurent

    2015-03-01

    The perovskite oxides family provides materials to efficiently generate and control spin polarized currents using respectively half-metallic ferromagnets such as mixed-valence manganites or ferroelectrics and multiferroics. More recently channel materials to transport spin information have also emerged. These include the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 two-dimensional electron system (2DES) which, in addition, possesses a gate-tunable spin-orbit coupling. A limitation of this system is however the minimum LaAlO3 thickness of 4 uc required for 2DES formation. In this presentation we will show that this thickness can be reduced if the LaAlO3 is capped by appropriate metals. We will also present different approaches to inject spins in these engineered LaAlO3/SrTiO3 2DES and introduce detection schemes taking advantage of efficient spin-charge conversion via interfacial spin-orbit effects. Support by ERC Consolidator Grant MINT (No. 615759) is acknowledged.

  14. Gate-voltage controlled spin pumping effects: spin injection from YIG and Co into metal and graphene based 2 D materials

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    Kalitsov, Alan; Chshiev, Mairbek; Mryasov, Oleg

    2015-03-01

    Spin current injection into nonmagnetic metals, semiconductors and oxides is crucial component of spintronics. The spin pumping mechanism free from the impedance mismatch is a promising way to inject spin current into nonmagnetic materials. Here we present theory of spin current injected into non-magnetic films which arises from magnetization precession. We apply this theory to two cases (i) insulating yttrium iron garnet ferromagnet/nonmagnetic metal interfaces and (ii) hcp-Co/single layer graphene interface. The electron transport calculations are based on the non-equilibrium Green Function formalism within the tight binding Hamiltonian model. We show that magnitude of the pumped spin current can be efficiently controlled by the gate voltage.

  15. Electrical spin injection in silicon and the role of defects

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    Rortais, F.; Vergnaud, C.; Ducruet, C.; Beigné, C.; Marty, A.; Attané, J.-P.; Widiez, J.; Jaffrès, H.; George, J.-M.; Jamet, M.

    2016-11-01

    Three-terminal devices, where the same ferromagnetic electrode is used for electrical spin injection and detection, is a very easy and powerful tool to probe the spin properties in nonmagnetic materials. For instance, it has been intensively used to study spin injection and detection in silicon. However the interpretation of the magnetoresistance signals observed experimentally is still under debate. In particular, a controversy has been raised about the experimental spin signal which is orders of magnitude larger than the predicted value. Recently, Song et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 047205 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.047205] proposed that the magnetoresistance signal measured using the Hanle effect in a three-terminal geometry is due to defects or impurities in the tunnel barrier separating the ferromagnetic electrode from the silicon channel. It has also been supported by the experimental work of Txoperena et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 146601 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.146601]. In this study, we perform electrical spin injection/detection measurements using three-terminal devices in different silicon films and study the role of defects. For this purpose, we use the tunneling inelastic spectroscopy to measure the Hanle effect and control the presence of defects in the tunnel barrier. Contrary to previous reports, we demonstrate that defects have no significant contribution to the spin signal. From a comparison with capacitance-voltage measurements in n -doped germanium in which interface states contribute to the spin signal, we also conclude on the presence of interface states in silicon.

  16. Spin injection and spin-orbit coupling in low-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures

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    Heedt, Sebastian; Wehrmann, Isabel; Gerster, Thomas; Wenk, Paul; Kettemann, Stefan; Sladek, Kamil; Hardtdegen, Hilde; Bringer, Andreas; Schubert, Jürgen; Demarina, Natalia; Grützmacher, Detlev; Schäpers, Thomas

    2014-08-01

    Due to their strong spin-orbit coupling III-V semiconductor nanowires are excellent candidates for electrical spin manipulation. Therefore, a major goal is to tailor spin-orbit coupling in these devices. Direct electrical spin injection into quasi one-dimensional nanowires is demonstrated. Furthermore, the weak antilocalization effect was investigated in InAs nanowires. The quantum corrections to the conductivity are interpreted by developing a quasi-one-dimensional diffusive model. It turns out that by means of doping and electric gating the spin-lifetimes can be tuned significantly. By creating few-electron quantum dots inside these devices the impact of the confinement on the spin relaxation properties is investigated.

  17. New pathways towards efficient metallic spin Hall spintronics

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    Jungfleisch, Matthias Benjamin; Zhang, Wei; Jiang, Wanjun; ...

    2015-11-16

    Spin Hall effects (SHEs) interconvert spin- and charge currents due to spin- orbit interaction, which enables convenient electrical generation and detection of diffusive spin currents and even collective spin excitations in magnetic solids. Here, we review recent experimental efforts exploring efficient spin Hall detector materials as well as new approaches to drive collective magnetization dynamics and to manipulate spin textures by SHEs. As a result, these studies are also expected to impact practical spintronics applications beyond their significance in fundamental research.

  18. Electrical spin injection and detection in molybdenum disulfide multilayer channel

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    Liang, Shiheng; Yang, Huaiwen; Renucci, Pierre; Tao, Bingshan; Laczkowski, Piotr; Mc-Murtry, Stefan; Wang, Gang; Marie, Xavier; George, Jean-Marie; Petit-Watelot, Sébastien; Djeffal, Abdelhak; Mangin, Stéphane; Jaffrès, Henri; Lu, Yuan

    2017-04-01

    Molybdenum disulfide has recently emerged as a promising two-dimensional semiconducting material for nano-electronic, opto-electronic and spintronic applications. However, the demonstration of an electron spin transport through a semiconducting MoS2 channel remains challenging. Here we show the evidence of the electrical spin injection and detection in the conduction band of a multilayer MoS2 semiconducting channel using a two-terminal spin-valve configuration geometry. A magnetoresistance around 1% has been observed through a 450 nm long, 6 monolayer thick MoS2 channel with a Co/MgO tunnelling spin injector and detector. It is found that keeping a good balance between the interface resistance and channel resistance is mandatory for the observation of the two-terminal magnetoresistance. Moreover, the electron spin-relaxation is found to be greatly suppressed in the multilayer MoS2 channel with an in-plane spin polarization. The long spin diffusion length (approximately ~235 nm) could open a new avenue for spintronic applications using multilayer transition metal dichalcogenides.

  19. Electrical spin injection and detection in molybdenum disulfide multilayer channel

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    Liang, Shiheng; Yang, Huaiwen; Renucci, Pierre; Tao, Bingshan; Laczkowski, Piotr; Mc-Murtry, Stefan; Wang, Gang; Marie, Xavier; George, Jean-Marie; Petit-Watelot, Sébastien; Djeffal, Abdelhak; Mangin, Stéphane; Jaffrès, Henri; Lu, Yuan

    2017-01-01

    Molybdenum disulfide has recently emerged as a promising two-dimensional semiconducting material for nano-electronic, opto-electronic and spintronic applications. However, the demonstration of an electron spin transport through a semiconducting MoS2 channel remains challenging. Here we show the evidence of the electrical spin injection and detection in the conduction band of a multilayer MoS2 semiconducting channel using a two-terminal spin-valve configuration geometry. A magnetoresistance around 1% has been observed through a 450 nm long, 6 monolayer thick MoS2 channel with a Co/MgO tunnelling spin injector and detector. It is found that keeping a good balance between the interface resistance and channel resistance is mandatory for the observation of the two-terminal magnetoresistance. Moreover, the electron spin-relaxation is found to be greatly suppressed in the multilayer MoS2 channel with an in-plane spin polarization. The long spin diffusion length (approximately ∼235 nm) could open a new avenue for spintronic applications using multilayer transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:28387252

  20. Highly efficient and tunable spin-to-charge conversion through Rashba coupling at oxide interfaces

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    Lesne, E.; Fu, Yu; Oyarzun, S.; Rojas-Sánchez, J. C.; Vaz, D. C.; Naganuma, H.; Sicoli, G.; Attané, J.-P.; Jamet, M.; Jacquet, E.; George, J.-M.; Barthélémy, A.; Jaffrès, H.; Fert, A.; Bibes, M.; Vila, L.

    2016-12-01

    The spin-orbit interaction couples the electrons’ motion to their spin. As a result, a charge current running through a material with strong spin-orbit coupling generates a transverse spin current (spin Hall effect, SHE) and vice versa (inverse spin Hall effect, ISHE). The emergence of SHE and ISHE as charge-to-spin interconversion mechanisms offers a variety of novel spintronic functionalities and devices, some of which do not require any ferromagnetic material. However, the interconversion efficiency of SHE and ISHE (spin Hall angle) is a bulk property that rarely exceeds ten percent, and does not take advantage of interfacial and low-dimensional effects otherwise ubiquitous in spintronic hetero- and mesostructures. Here, we make use of an interface-driven spin-orbit coupling mechanism--the Rashba effect--in the oxide two-dimensional electron system (2DES) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 to achieve spin-to-charge conversion with unprecedented efficiency. Through spin pumping, we inject a spin current from a NiFe film into the oxide 2DES and detect the resulting charge current, which can be strongly modulated by a gate voltage. We discuss the amplitude of the effect and its gate dependence on the basis of the electronic structure of the 2DES and highlight the importance of a long scattering time to achieve efficient spin-to-charge interconversion.

  1. Spectral linewidth of spin-current nano-oscillators driven by nonlocal spin injection

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    Demidov, V. E.; Urazhdin, S.; Divinskiy, B.; Rinkevich, A. B.; Demokritov, S. O.

    2015-11-01

    We study experimentally the auto-oscillation characteristics of magnetic nano-oscillators driven by pure spin currents generated by nonlocal spin injection. By combining micro-focus Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy with electronic microwave spectroscopy, we are able to simultaneously perform both the spatial and the high-resolution spectral analyses of auto-oscillations induced by spin current. We find that the devices exhibit a highly coherent dynamics with the spectral linewidth of a few megahertz at room temperature. This narrow linewidth can be achieved over a wide range of operational frequencies, demonstrating a significant potential of nonlocal oscillators for applications.

  2. Spectral linewidth of spin-current nano-oscillators driven by nonlocal spin injection

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    Demidov, V. E. Divinskiy, B.; Urazhdin, S.; Rinkevich, A. B.; Demokritov, S. O.

    2015-11-16

    We study experimentally the auto-oscillation characteristics of magnetic nano-oscillators driven by pure spin currents generated by nonlocal spin injection. By combining micro-focus Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy with electronic microwave spectroscopy, we are able to simultaneously perform both the spatial and the high-resolution spectral analyses of auto-oscillations induced by spin current. We find that the devices exhibit a highly coherent dynamics with the spectral linewidth of a few megahertz at room temperature. This narrow linewidth can be achieved over a wide range of operational frequencies, demonstrating a significant potential of nonlocal oscillators for applications.

  3. Electrical spin injection and detection in Si nanowires with axial doping gradient

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    Kountouriotis, Konstantinos; Barreda, Jorge; Keiper, Tim; Zhang, Mei; Xiong, Peng

    Due to the technological importance and potential long spin coherence time in silicon, there have been significant recent efforts to realize spin injection, coherent transport, and electrical spin detection in Si nanowires (NWs). The nature of the electronic transport at the interface and its resistance are crucial factors in realizing efficient spin injection/detection between a ferromagnet (FM) and a semiconductor (SC). In this work, we examine the effects on electrical spin injection and detection by FM/SC interfaces with well-defined Schottky barriers in Si NW devices. The Si NWs are synthesized via a vapor-liquid-solid method using silane and phosphine precursor gases for the growth and doping respectively, which results in a graded phosphorus doping profile along the length of the NW. The Si NWs are dispersed on a p+-Si/SiO2/SiNx substrate, and a series of CoFe electrodes are defined along a Si NW with electron beam lithography and magnetron sputtering after the removal of the native oxide by HF treatment. As a consequence of the doping gradient, the FM electrodes form Ohmic and Schottky barrier contacts of varying heights along the length of a single NW. Two-terminal local and four-terminal non-local spin-valve measurements are performed to probe spin accumulation and transport at different FM contacts, enabling a study of the dependence of the spin signals on the Schottky barrier height and interface resistance on a single device. Work supported by NSF Grant DMR-1308613.

  4. Spin injection and helicity control of surface spin photocurrent in a three dimensional topological insulator

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    Huang, Y. Q.; Song, Y. X.; Wang, S. M.; Buyanova, I. A.; Chen, W. M.

    2017-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator (TI) is a unique quantum phase of matter with exotic physical properties and promising spintronic applications. However, surface spin current in a common 3D TI remains difficult to control and the out-of-plane spin texture is largely unexplored. Here, by means of surface spin photocurrent in Bi2Te3 TI devices driven by circular polarized light, we identify the subtle effect of the spin texture of the topological surface state including the hexagonal warping term on the surface current. By exploring the out-of-plane spin texture, we demonstrate spin injection from GaAs to TI and its significant contribution to the surface current, which can be manipulated by an external magnetic field. These discoveries pave the way to not only intriguing new physics but also enriched spin functionalities by integrating TI with conventional semiconductors, such that spin-enabled optoelectronic devices may be fabricated in such hybrid structures. PMID:28530227

  5. Assistive Device for Efficient Intravitreal Injections.

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    Ullrich, Franziska; Michels, Stephan; Lehmann, Daniel; Pieters, Roel S; Becker, Matthias; Nelson, Bradley J

    2016-08-01

    Intravitreal therapy is the most common treatment for many chronic ophthalmic diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration. Due to the increasing worldwide demand for intravitreal injections, there exists a need to render this medical procedure more time- and cost-efficient while increasing patient safety. The authors propose a medical assistive device that injects medication intravitreally. Compared to the manual intravitreal injection procedure, an automated device has the potential to increase safety for patients, decrease procedure times, allow for integrated data storage and documentation, and reduce costs for medical staff and expensive operating rooms. This work demonstrates the development of an assistive injection system that is coarsely positioned over the patient's head by the human operator, followed by automatic fine positioning and intravitreal injection through the pars plana. Several safety features, such as continuous eye tracking and iris recognition, have been implemented. The functioning system is demonstrated through ex vivo experiments with porcine eyes. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2016;47:752-762.].

  6. Determination of the spin diffusion length in germanium by spin optical orientation and electrical spin injection

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    Rinaldi, C.; Bertoli, S.; Asa, M.; Baldrati, L.; Manzoni, C.; Marangoni, M.; Cerullo, G.; Bianchi, M.; Sordan, R.; Bertacco, R.; Cantoni, M.

    2016-10-01

    The measurement of the spin diffusion length and/or lifetime in semiconductors is a key issue for the realisation of spintronic devices, exploiting the spin degree of freedom of carriers for storing and manipulating information. In this paper, we address such parameters in germanium (0 0 1) at room temperature (RT) by three different measurement methods. Exploiting optical spin orientation in the semiconductor and spin filtering across an insulating MgO barrier, the dependence of the resistivity on the spin of photo-excited carriers in Fe/MgO/Ge spin photodiodes (spin-PDs) was electrically detected. A spin diffusion length of 0.9  ±  0.2 µm was obtained by fitting the photon energy dependence of the spin signal by a mathematical model. Electrical techniques, comprising non-local four-terminal and Hanle measurements performed on CoFeB/MgO/Ge lateral devices, led to spin diffusion lengths of 1.3  ±  0.2 µm and 1.3  ±  0.08 µm, respectively. Despite minor differences due to experimental details, the order of magnitude of the spin diffusion length is the same for the three techniques. Although standard electrical methods are the most employed in semiconductor spintronics for spin diffusion length measurements, here we demonstrate optical spin orientation as a viable alternative for the determination of the spin diffusion length in semiconductors allowing for optical spin orientation.

  7. Effects of a longitudinal magnetic field on spin injection and detection in InAs/GaAs quantum dot structures.

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    Beyer, J; Wang, P H; Buyanova, I A; Suraprapapich, S; Tu, C W; Chen, W M

    2012-04-11

    Effects of a longitudinal magnetic field on optical spin injection and detection in InAs/GaAs quantum dot (QD) structures are investigated by optical orientation spectroscopy. An increase in the optical and spin polarization of the QDs is observed with increasing magnetic field in the range 0-2 T, and is attributed to suppression of exciton spin depolarization within the QDs that is promoted by the hyperfine interaction and anisotropic electron-hole exchange interaction. This leads to a corresponding enhancement in spin detection efficiency of the QDs by a factor of up to 2.5. At higher magnetic fields, when these spin depolarization processes are quenched, the electron spin polarization in anisotropic QD structures (such as double QDs that are preferably aligned along a specific crystallographic axis) still exhibits a rather strong field dependence under non-resonant excitation. In contrast, such a field dependence is practically absent in more 'isotropic' QD structures (e.g. single QDs). We attribute the observed effect to stronger electron spin relaxation in the spin injectors (i.e. wetting layer and GaAs barriers) of the lower-symmetry QD structures, which also explains the lower spin injection efficiency observed in these structures.

  8. Electrical spin injection from an organic-based ferrimagnet in a hybrid organic/inorganic heterostructure

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    Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel

    2012-02-01

    The development of organic-based magnets with room temperature magnetic ordering and semiconducting functionality promises to broaden the field of semiconductor spintronics, providing a route to all-organic spintronic devices and hybrid organic/inorganic structures capable of exploiting the multifunctionality and ease of production in organic systems as well as the well established spintronic functionality of inorganic materials. Our work demonstrates the successful extraction of spin polarized current from the organic-based room temperature ferrimagnetic semiconductor V[TCNE]x (x˜2, TCNE: tetracyanoethylene; TC > 400 K, EG ˜ 0.5 eV, σ˜ 10-2 S/cm) and its subsequent injection into a GaAs/AlGaAs light-emitting diode (LED) [1]. The spin current is detected by monitoring the polarization state of the photons emitted from the LED structure and tracks the magnetization of V[TCNE]x˜2, is weakly temperature dependent, and exhibits heavy hole / light hole asymmetry. This result opens the door to a new class of active, hybrid spintronic devices with multifunctional behavior defined by the optical, electronic and chemical sensitivity of the organic layer. In addition, spin transport in these hybrid structures provides the opportunity to leverage well-characterized inorganic materials as a probe of spin physics in organic and molecular systems and to explore the impact of the hybrid interface on spin injection efficiency. Initial studies exploring the impact of surface passivation of the inorganic layer with self-assembled monolayers of various chemistries will be presented, and additional experimental probes of the interfacial exchange interaction will be discussed. [4pt] [1] ``Electrical Spin Injection from an Organic-Based Ferrimagnet in a Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Heterostructure,'' Lei Fang, K. Deniz Bozdag, Chia-Yi Chen, P.A. Truitt, A.J. Epstein and E. Johnston-Halperin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 156602 (2011).

  9. Spin injection at remanence into III-V spin light-emitting diodes using (Co/Pt) ferromagnetic injectors

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    Zarpellon, J.; Jaffrès, H.; Frougier, J.; Deranlot, C.; George, J. M.; Mosca, D. H.; Lemaître, A.; Freimuth, F.; Duong, Quang Ha; Renucci, P.; Marie, X.

    2012-11-01

    We have studied the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Co/Pt multilayers and the electron spin injection efficiency by optical spectroscopy from a [Co(0.6 nm)/Pt(1 nm)]4/Fe(0.3 nm)/MgO perpendicular tunnel spin injector grown on AlGaAs/GaAs semiconductor light-emitting diodes. We observe a 2.5% circular polarization at low temperature close to the magnetic remanence when the 0.3 nm Fe film of the ferromagnetic injector is sufficiently thin to maintain the magnetization out of plane. The acquired squared magnetization cycle is explained by the remaining interlayer exchange coupling existing between Fe and the (Co/Pt) multilayer through Pt or possible perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at the MgO/Fe interface. The corresponding spin polarization of the current is then estimated as 7%, measured by photoluminescence techniques, after the necessary up-renormalization, taking into account the electron spin-flip rate in the quantum well. In contrast, no circular polarization is observed when the thin Fe layer is removed and despite the rather high magnetic polarizability of the 5d9 electronic open shell of Pt at the interface with MgO. This emphasizes the reduced size of tunneling branching of wave functions at the interface, of the order of the atomic plane unit.

  10. Spin injection into semiconductors : the role of Fe/Al[sub x]Ga[sub 1-x]As interface

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    Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Park, S.

    2004-01-01

    The influence of the growth and post-growth annealing temperatures of Fe/Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As-based spin light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on the spin injection efficiency is discussed. The extent of interfacial reactions during molecular beam epitaxial growth of Fe on GaAs was determined from in-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies. The Fe/GaAs interface results in {<=} 3 monolayers of reaction for Fe grown at -15 C. Intermediate growth temperatures (95 C) lead to {approx}5 monolayers of interfacial reactions, and high growth temperatures of 175 C lead to a {approx}9 monolayer thick reacted layer. Polarized neutron reflectivity was used to determine the interfacial magnetic properties of epitaxial Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}/GaAs heterostructures grown under identical conditions. No interfacial magnetic dead layer is detected at the interface for Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5} films grown at -15 C, an {approx}6 {angstrom} thick nonmagnetic layer formed at the interface for 95 C growth and an {approx}5 {angstrom} thick magnetic interfacial reacted layer formed for growth at 175 C. Spin injection from Fe contacts into spin LEDs decreases sharply when reactions result in a nonmagnetic interfacial layer. Significant spin injection signals are obtained from Fe contacts grown between -5 C and 175 C, although the higher Fe growth temperatures resulted in a change in the sign of the spin polarization. Post-growth annealing of the spin LEDs is found to increase spin injection efficiency for low Fe growth temperatures and to a sign reversal of the spin polarization for high growth temperature (175 C). An effective Schottky barrier height increase indicates that post growth annealing modifies the Fe/Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As interface.

  11. Enhanced efficiency of internal combustion engines by employing spinning gas

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    Geyko, V. I.; Fisch, N. J.

    2014-08-01

    The efficiency of the internal combustion engine might be enhanced by employing spinning gas. A gas spinning at near sonic velocities has an effectively higher heat capacity, which allows practical fuel cycles, which are far from the Carnot efficiency, to approach more closely the Carnot efficiency. A remarkable gain in fuel efficiency is shown to be theoretically possible for the Otto and Diesel cycles. The use of a flywheel, in principle, could produce even greater increases in efficiency.

  12. Enhanced Efficiency of Internal Combustion Engines By Employing Spinning Gas

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    Geyko, Vasily; Fisch, Nathaniel

    2014-02-27

    The efficiency of the internal combustion engine might be enhanced by employing spinning gas. A gas spinning at near sonic velocities has an effectively higher heat capacity, which allows practical fuel cycles, which are far from the Carnot efficiency, to approach more closely the Carnot efficiency. A gain in fuel efficiency of several percent is shown to be theoretically possible for the Otto and Diesel cycles. The use of a flywheel, in principle, could produce even greater increases in the efficiency.

  13. Enhanced efficiency of internal combustion engines by employing spinning gas.

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    Geyko, V I; Fisch, N J

    2014-08-01

    The efficiency of the internal combustion engine might be enhanced by employing spinning gas. A gas spinning at near sonic velocities has an effectively higher heat capacity, which allows practical fuel cycles, which are far from the Carnot efficiency, to approach more closely the Carnot efficiency. A remarkable gain in fuel efficiency is shown to be theoretically possible for the Otto and Diesel cycles. The use of a flywheel, in principle, could produce even greater increases in efficiency.

  14. Electrical spin injection using GaCrN in a GaN based spin light emitting diode

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    Banerjee, D.; Ganguly, S.; Saha, D.; Adari, R.; Sankaranarayan, S.; Kumar, A.; Aldhaheri, R. W.; Hussain, M. A.; Balamesh, A. S.

    2013-12-09

    We have demonstrated electrical spin-injection from GaCrN dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) in a GaN-based spin light emitting diode (spin-LED). The remanent in-plane magnetization of the thin-film semiconducting ferromagnet has been used for introducing the spin polarized electrons into the non-magnetic InGaN quantum well. The output circular polarization obtained from the spin-LED closely follows the normalized in-plane magnetization curve of the DMS. A saturation circular polarization of ∼2.5% is obtained at 200 K.

  15. Graphene-diamond interface: Gap opening and electronic spin injection

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    Ma, Yandong; Dai, Ying; Guo, Meng; Huang, Baibiao

    2012-06-01

    Creating a finite band gap, injecting electronic spin, and finding a suitable substrate are the three important challenges for building graphene-based devices. Here, first-principles calculations are performed to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of graphene adsorbed on the (111) surface of diamond, which is synthesized experimentally [Nature10.1038/nature09979 472, 74 (2011); J. Appl. Phys.10.1063/1.3627370 110, 044324 (2011); Nano Lett.10.1021/nl204545q 12, 1603 (2012); ACS Nano10.1021/nn204362p 6, 1018 (2012)]. Our results reveal that the graphene adsorbed on the diamond surface is a semiconductor with a finite gap depending on the adsorption arrangements due to the variation of on-site energy induced by the diamond surface, with the extra advantage of maintaining main characters of the linear band dispersion of graphene. More interestingly, different from typical graphene/semiconductor hybrid systems, we find that electronic spin can arise ``intrinsically'' in graphene owing to the exchange proximity interaction between electrons in graphene and localized electrons in the diamond surface rather than the characteristic graphene states. These predications strongly revive this new synthesized system as a viable candidate to overcome all the aforementioned challenges, providing an ideal platform for future graphene-based electronics.

  16. Optical investigation of electrical spin injection into an inverted two-dimensional electron gas structure

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    Buchner, M.; Kuczmik, T.; Oltscher, M.; Ciorga, M.; Korn, T.; Loher, J.; Schuh, D.; Schüller, C.; Bougeard, D.; Weiss, D.; Back, C. H.

    2017-01-01

    We report on electrical spin injection from (Ga,Mn)As into a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas confined at an (Al,Ga)As/GaAs interface. Besides standard nonlocal electrical detection, we use a magneto-optical approach which provides cross-sectional images of the spin accumulation at the cleaved edge of the sample, yielding spin decay lengths on the order of 2 μ m . In some cases we find a nonmonotonic bias voltage dependence of the spin signal, which may be linked to ballistic tunneling effects during spin injection. We observe a clear Hanle depolarization using a technique which is free of dynamic nuclear polarization effects. Fitting the data with the standard drift-diffusion model of spin injection suggests averaged in-plane spin lifetimes on the order of 1 ns.

  17. Spin-injection optical pumping of molten cesium salt and its NMR diagnosis

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    Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2015-07-15

    Nuclear spin polarization of cesium ions in the salt was enhanced during optical pumping of cesium vapor at high magnetic field. Significant motional narrowing and frequency shift of NMR signals were observed by intense laser heating of the salt. When the hyperpolarized salt was cooled by blocking the heating laser, the signal width and frequency changed during cooling and presented the phase transition from liquid to solid. Hence, we find that the signal enhancement is mostly due to the molten salt and nuclear spin polarization is injected into the salt efficiently in the liquid phase. We also show that optical pumping similarly induces line narrowing in the solid phase. The use of powdered salt provided an increase in effective surface area and signal amplitude without glass wool in the glass cells.

  18. Highly efficient and tunable spin-to-charge conversion through Rashba coupling at oxide interfaces.

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    Lesne, E; Fu, Yu; Oyarzun, S; Rojas-Sánchez, J C; Vaz, D C; Naganuma, H; Sicoli, G; Attané, J-P; Jamet, M; Jacquet, E; George, J-M; Barthélémy, A; Jaffrès, H; Fert, A; Bibes, M; Vila, L

    2016-12-01

    The spin-orbit interaction couples the electrons' motion to their spin. As a result, a charge current running through a material with strong spin-orbit coupling generates a transverse spin current (spin Hall effect, SHE) and vice versa (inverse spin Hall effect, ISHE). The emergence of SHE and ISHE as charge-to-spin interconversion mechanisms offers a variety of novel spintronic functionalities and devices, some of which do not require any ferromagnetic material. However, the interconversion efficiency of SHE and ISHE (spin Hall angle) is a bulk property that rarely exceeds ten percent, and does not take advantage of interfacial and low-dimensional effects otherwise ubiquitous in spintronic hetero- and mesostructures. Here, we make use of an interface-driven spin-orbit coupling mechanism-the Rashba effect-in the oxide two-dimensional electron system (2DES) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 to achieve spin-to-charge conversion with unprecedented efficiency. Through spin pumping, we inject a spin current from a NiFe film into the oxide 2DES and detect the resulting charge current, which can be strongly modulated by a gate voltage. We discuss the amplitude of the effect and its gate dependence on the basis of the electronic structure of the 2DES and highlight the importance of a long scattering time to achieve efficient spin-to-charge interconversion.

  19. High spin-filter efficiency and Seebeck effect through spin-crossover iron-benzene complex

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    Yan, Qiang; Zhou, Liping; Cheng, Jue-Fei; Wen, Zhongqian; Han, Qin; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2016-04-01

    Electronic structures and coherent quantum transport properties are explored for spin-crossover molecule iron-benzene Fe(Bz)2 using density functional theory combined with non-equilibrium Green's function. High- and low-spin states are investigated for two different lead-molecule junctions. It is found that the asymmetrical T-shaped contact junction in the high-spin state behaves as an efficient spin filter while it has a smaller conductivity than that in the low-spin state. Large spin Seebeck effect is also observed in asymmetrical T-shaped junction. Spin-polarized properties are absent in the symmetrical H-shaped junction. These findings strongly suggest that both the electronic and contact configurations play significant roles in molecular devices and metal-benzene complexes are promising materials for spintronics and thermo-spintronics.

  20. High spin-filter efficiency and Seebeck effect through spin-crossover iron-benzene complex.

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    Yan, Qiang; Zhou, Liping; Cheng, Jue-Fei; Wen, Zhongqian; Han, Qin; Wang, Xue-Feng

    2016-04-21

    Electronic structures and coherent quantum transport properties are explored for spin-crossover molecule iron-benzene Fe(Bz)2 using density functional theory combined with non-equilibrium Green's function. High- and low-spin states are investigated for two different lead-molecule junctions. It is found that the asymmetrical T-shaped contact junction in the high-spin state behaves as an efficient spin filter while it has a smaller conductivity than that in the low-spin state. Large spin Seebeck effect is also observed in asymmetrical T-shaped junction. Spin-polarized properties are absent in the symmetrical H-shaped junction. These findings strongly suggest that both the electronic and contact configurations play significant roles in molecular devices and metal-benzene complexes are promising materials for spintronics and thermo-spintronics.

  1. Electrical spin injection into GaAs based light emitting diodes using perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction-type spin injector

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    Tao, B. S.; Barate, P.; Renucci, P.; Marie, X.; Frougier, J.; Jaffrès, H.; George, J.-M.; Xu, B.; Wang, Z. G.; Djeffal, A.; Petit-Watelot, S.; Mangin, S.; Lu, Y.; Han, X. F.

    2016-04-11

    Remanent electrical spin injection into an InGaAs/GaAs based quantum well light emitting diode is realized by using a perpendicularly magnetized MgO/CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB/MgO spin injector. We demonstrate that the Ta interlayer plays an important role to establish the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the thickness of Ta interlayer determines the type of exchange coupling between the two adjacent CoFeB layers. They are ferromagnetically or antiferromagnetically coupled for a Ta thickness of 0.5 nm or 0.75 nm, respectively. A circular polarized electroluminescence (P{sub c}) of about 10% is obtained at low temperature and at zero magnetic field. The direction of the electrically injected spins is determined only by the orientation of the magnetization of the bottom CoFeB layer which is adjacent to the MgO/GaAs interface. This work proves the critical role of the bottom CoFeB/MgO interface on the spin-injection and paves the way for the electrical control of spin injection via magnetic tunnel junction-type spin injector.

  2. Electrical spin injection into GaAs based light emitting diodes using perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction-type spin injector

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    Tao, B. S.; Barate, P.; Frougier, J.; Renucci, P.; Xu, B.; Djeffal, A.; Jaffrès, H.; George, J.-M.; Marie, X.; Petit-Watelot, S.; Mangin, S.; Han, X. F.; Wang, Z. G.; Lu, Y.

    2016-04-01

    Remanent electrical spin injection into an InGaAs/GaAs based quantum well light emitting diode is realized by using a perpendicularly magnetized MgO/CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB/MgO spin injector. We demonstrate that the Ta interlayer plays an important role to establish the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the thickness of Ta interlayer determines the type of exchange coupling between the two adjacent CoFeB layers. They are ferromagnetically or antiferromagnetically coupled for a Ta thickness of 0.5 nm or 0.75 nm, respectively. A circular polarized electroluminescence (Pc) of about 10% is obtained at low temperature and at zero magnetic field. The direction of the electrically injected spins is determined only by the orientation of the magnetization of the bottom CoFeB layer which is adjacent to the MgO/GaAs interface. This work proves the critical role of the bottom CoFeB/MgO interface on the spin-injection and paves the way for the electrical control of spin injection via magnetic tunnel junction-type spin injector.

  3. Electrical spin injection and detection of spin precession in room temperature bulk GaN lateral spin valves

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    Bhattacharya, Aniruddha; Baten, Md Zunaid; Bhattacharya, Pallab

    2016-01-25

    We report the measurement of diffusive electronic spin transport characteristics in an epitaxial wurtzite GaN lateral spin valve at room temperature. Hanle spin precession and non-local spin accumulation measurements have been performed with the spin valves fabricated with FeCo/MgO spin contacts. Electron spin relaxation length and spin-flip lifetime of 176 nm and 37 ps, respectively, are derived from analysis of results obtained from four-terminal Hanle spin precession measurements at 300 K. The role of dislocations and defects in bulk GaN has also been examined in the context of electronic spin relaxation dynamics.

  4. Photonic spin Hall effect with nearly 100% efficiency (Conference Presentation)

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    Sun, Shulin

    2016-09-01

    Photonic spin hall effect (PSHE), that spin-polarized photons can be laterally separated in transportation, gains increasing attention from both science and technology, but available mechanisms either require bulky systems or exhibit very low efficiencies. Here we demonstrate that a giant PSHE with 100% efficiency can be realized at certain meta-surfaces with deep-subwavelength thicknesses. Based on rigorous Jones-Matrix analysis, we establish a general criterion to design meta-surfaces that can realize 100%-efficiency PSHE. The criterion is approachable from two distinct routes at general frequencies. As a demonstration, two microwave meta-surfaces are fabricated and then experimentally characterized, both showing 90% efficiencies for the PSHE. Our findings pave the road for many exciting applications based on high-efficiency manipulations of photon spins, with a polarization detector experimentally demonstrated here as an example.

  5. Effects of spin doping and spin injection in the luminescence and vibrational spectrum of C{sub 60}

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    Moorsom, Timothy; Wheeler, May; Taukeer Khan, Mohd; Al Ma'Mari, Fatma; Burnell, Gavin; Hickey, Bryan J.; Cespedes, Oscar; Lazarov, Vlado; Gilks, Daniel

    2014-07-14

    We have studied the Raman spectrum and photoemission of hybrid magneto-fullerene devices. For C{sub 60} layers on cobalt, the spin polarized electron transfer shifts the photoemission energy, reducing the zero phonon contribution. The total luminescence of hybrid devices can be controlled via spin injection from magnetic electrodes, with changes of the order of 10%–20% at room temperature. Spin polarised currents alter as well the Raman spectrum of the molecules, enhancing some modes by a factor 5 while shifting others by several wavenumbers due to a spin-dependent hopping time and/or enhanced intermolecular interactions. These results can be used to measure spin polarisation in molecules or to fabricate magneto-optic and magneto-vibrational devices.

  6. Long-range spin accumulation from heat injection in mesoscopic superconductors with Zeeman splitting.

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    Silaev, M; Virtanen, P; Bergeret, F S; Heikkilä, T T

    2015-04-24

    We describe far-from-equilibrium nonlocal transport in a diffusive superconducting wire with a Zeeman splitting, taking into account different spin relaxation mechanisms. We demonstrate that due to the Zeeman splitting, an injection of current in a superconducting wire creates spin accumulation that can only relax via thermalization. This effect leads to a long-range spin accumulation detectable in the nonlocal signal. Our model gives a qualitative explanation and provides accurate fits of recent experimental results in terms of realistic parameters.

  7. A solid state paramagnetic maser device driven by electron spin injection.

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    Watts, S M; van Wees, B J

    2006-09-15

    In response to an external, microwave-frequency magnetic field, a paramagnetic medium will absorb energy from the field that drives the magnetization dynamics. Here we describe a new process by which an external spin-injection source, when combined with the microwave field spin pumping, can drive the paramagnetic medium from one that absorbs microwave energy to one that emits microwave energy. We derive a simple condition for the crossover from absorptive to emissive behavior. Based on this process, we propose a solid-state, paramagnetic device in which microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation is driven by spin injection.

  8. Efficient spin filter using multi-terminal quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction

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    2011-01-01

    We propose a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction. First, we formulate the spin Hall effect (SHE) in a quantum dot connected to three leads. We show that the SHE is significantly enhanced by the resonant tunneling if the level spacing in the quantum dot is smaller than the level broadening. We stress that the SHE is tunable by changing the tunnel coupling to the third lead. Next, we perform a numerical simulation for a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot fabricated on semiconductor heterostructures. The spin filter shows an efficiency of more than 50% when the conditions for the enhanced SHE are satisfied. PACS numbers: 72.25.Dc,71.70.Ej,73.63.Kv,85.75.-d PMID:21711500

  9. Spin-current injection and detection in κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br

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    Qiu, Z. Hou, D.; Uruichi, M.; Uchida, K.; Yamamoto, H. M.; Saitoh, E.

    2015-05-15

    Spin-current injection into an organic semiconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br film induced by the spin pumping from an yttrium iron garnet (YIG) film. When magnetization dynamics in the YIG film is excited by ferromagnetic or spin-wave resonance, a voltage signal was found to appear in the κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br film. Magnetic-field-angle dependence measurements indicate that the voltage signal is governed by the inverse spin Hall effect in κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br. We found that the voltage signal in the κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br/YIG system is critically suppressed around 80 K, around which magnetic and/or glass transitions occur, implying that the efficiency of the spin-current injection is suppressed by fluctuations which critically enhanced near the transitions.

  10. Self-Injection Locking of a Vortex Spin Torque Oscillator by Delayed Feedback

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    Tsunegi, Sumito; Grimaldi, Eva; Lebrun, Romain; Kubota, Hitoshi; Jenkins, Alex S.; Yakushiji, Kay; Fukushima, Akio; Bortolotti, Paolo; Grollier, Julie; Yuasa, Shinji; Cros, Vincent

    2016-05-01

    The self-synchronization of spin torque oscillators is investigated experimentally by re-injecting its radiofrequency (rf) current after a certain delay time. We demonstrate that the integrated power and spectral linewidth are improved for optimal delays. Moreover by varying the phase difference between the emitted power and the re-injected one, we find a clear oscillatory dependence on the phase difference with a 2π periodicity of the frequency of the oscillator as well as its power and linewidth. Such periodical behavior within the self-injection regime is well described by the general model of nonlinear auto-oscillators including not only a delayed rf current but also all spin torque forces responsible for the self-synchronization. Our results reveal new approaches for controlling the non-autonomous dynamics of spin torque oscillators, a key issue for rf spintronics applications as well as for the development of neuro-inspired spin-torque oscillators based devices.

  11. Self-Injection Locking of a Vortex Spin Torque Oscillator by Delayed Feedback

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    Tsunegi, Sumito; Grimaldi, Eva; Lebrun, Romain; Kubota, Hitoshi; Jenkins, Alex S.; Yakushiji, Kay; Fukushima, Akio; Bortolotti, Paolo; Grollier, Julie; Yuasa, Shinji; Cros, Vincent

    2016-01-01

    The self-synchronization of spin torque oscillators is investigated experimentally by re-injecting its radiofrequency (rf) current after a certain delay time. We demonstrate that the integrated power and spectral linewidth are improved for optimal delays. Moreover by varying the phase difference between the emitted power and the re-injected one, we find a clear oscillatory dependence on the phase difference with a 2π periodicity of the frequency of the oscillator as well as its power and linewidth. Such periodical behavior within the self-injection regime is well described by the general model of nonlinear auto-oscillators including not only a delayed rf current but also all spin torque forces responsible for the self-synchronization. Our results reveal new approaches for controlling the non-autonomous dynamics of spin torque oscillators, a key issue for rf spintronics applications as well as for the development of neuro-inspired spin-torque oscillators based devices. PMID:27241747

  12. Valley Polarization by Spin Injection in a Light-Emitting van der Waals Heterojunction.

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    Sanchez, Oriol Lopez; Ovchinnikov, Dmitry; Misra, Shikhar; Allain, Adrien; Kis, Andras

    2016-09-14

    The band structure of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) with valence band edges at different locations in the momentum space could be harnessed to build devices that operate relying on the valley degree of freedom. To realize such valleytronic devices, it is necessary to control and manipulate the charge density in these valleys, resulting in valley polarization. While this has been demonstrated using optical excitation, generation of valley polarization in electronic devices without optical excitation remains difficult. Here, we demonstrate spin injection from a ferromagnetic electrode into a heterojunction based on monolayers of WSe2 and MoS2 and lateral transport of spin-polarized holes within the WSe2 layer. The resulting valley polarization leads to circularly polarized light emission that can be tuned using an external magnetic field. This demonstration of spin injection and magnetoelectronic control over valley polarization provides a new opportunity for realizing combined spin and valleytronic devices based on spin-valley locking in semiconducting TMDCs.

  13. Ultrafast spin tunneling and injection in coupled nanostructures of InGaAs quantum dots and quantum well

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    Yang, Xiao-Jie Kiba, Takayuki; Yamamura, Takafumi; Takayama, Junichi; Subagyo, Agus; Sueoka, Kazuhisa; Murayama, Akihiro

    2014-01-06

    We investigate the electron-spin injection dynamics via tunneling from an In{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.9}As quantum well (QW) to In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As quantum dots (QDs) in coupled QW-QDs nanostructures. These coupled nanostructures demonstrate ultrafast (5 to 20 ps) spin injection into the QDs. The degree of spin polarization up to 45% is obtained in the QDs after the injection, essentially depending on the injection time. The spin injection and conservation are enhanced with thinner barriers due to the stronger electronic coupling between the QW and QDs.

  14. Effect of CoFe insertion in Co{sub 2}MnSi/CoFe/n-GaAs junctions on spin injection properties

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    Ebina, Yuya; Akiho, Takafumi; Liu, Hong-xi; Yamamoto, Masafumi; Uemura, Tetsuya

    2014-04-28

    The CoFe thickness (t{sub CoFe}) dependence of spin injection efficiency was investigated for Co{sub 2}MnSi/CoFe/n-GaAs junctions. The ΔV{sub NL}/I value, which is a measure of spin injection efficiency, strongly depended on t{sub CoFe}, where ΔV{sub NL} is the amplitude of a nonlocal spin-valve signal, and I is an injection current. Importantly, the maximum value of ΔV{sub NL}/I for a Co{sub 2}MnSi/CoFe/n-GaAs junction was one order of magnitude higher than that for a CoFe/n-GaAs junction, indicating that a Co{sub 2}MnSi electrode works as a highly polarized spin source. No clear spin signal, on the other hand, was observed for a Co{sub 2}MnSi/n-GaAs junction due to diffusion of Mn atoms into the GaAs channel. Secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis indicated that the CoFe insertion effectively suppressed the diffusion of Mn into GaAs, resulting in improved spin injection properties compared with those for a Co{sub 2}MnSi/n-GaAs junction.

  15. Communication: An efficient algorithm for evaluating the Breit and spin-spin coupling integrals

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    Shiozaki, Toru

    2013-03-01

    We present an efficient algorithm for evaluating a class of two-electron integrals of the form {r}_{12}⊗ {r}_{12}/r_{12}^n over one-electron Gaussian basis functions. The full Breit interaction in four-component relativistic theories beyond the Gaunt term is such an operator with n = 3. Another example is the direct spin-spin coupling term in the quasi-relativistic Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian (n = 5). These integrals have been conventionally evaluated by expensive derivative techniques. Our algorithm is based on tailored Gaussian quadrature, similar to the Rys quadrature for electron repulsion integrals (ERIs), and can utilize the so-called horizontal recurrence relation to reduce the computational cost. The CPU time for computing all six Cartesian components of the Breit or spin-spin coupling integrals is found to be only 3 to 4 times that of the ERI evaluation.

  16. Efficient Injection of Electron Beams into Magnetic Guide Fields

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    Chorny, V.; Cooperstein, G.; Dubyna, V.; Frolov, O.; Harper-Slaboszewicz, V.; Hinshelwood, D.; Schneider, R.; Solovyov, V.; Tsepilov, H.; Vitkovitsky, I.; Ware, K,

    1999-06-08

    Preliminary experimental and modeling study of injection and transport of high current electron beams in current-neutralized background gas has been performed. Initial analysis of the results indicates that high current triaxial ring diode operates very reproducibly in the pinch mode. High current density beam can be injected efficiently into the drift region, using azimuthal guide field with reduced intensity near the injection region. This was shown to improve the effectiveness of capturing the beam for the transport. The transport length was insufficient to measure losses, such as would arise from scattering with the background gas.

  17. Electric field effects on spin accumulation in Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} using tunable spin injection contacts at room temperature

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    Kamerbeek, A. M.; Vries, E. K. de; Wees, B. J. van; Banerjee, T.; Dankert, A.; Dash, S. P.

    2014-05-26

    We report on features in charge transport and spin injection in an oxide semiconductor, Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3}. This is demonstrated using electrically tunable spin injection contacts which exploit the large electric field at the interface and its interplay with the relative permittivity of the semiconductor. We realize spin accumulation in Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} which displays a unique dependence of the spin lifetime with bias polarity. These findings suggest a strong influence of the interface electric field on the charge transport as well as on spin accumulation unlike in conventional semiconductors and opens up promising avenues in oxide spintronics.

  18. Spin injection studies on thin film Fe/MgO/Si tunneling devices

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    Beardsley, Jonas; Pu, Yong; Swartz, Adrian; Bhallamudi, Vidya; Kawakami, Roland; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel; Hammel, Chris; Pelz, Jon

    2011-03-01

    We report progress on the injection of spin polarized electrons into 35 nm thick Si films, using Fe/MgO injector/tunnel barrier structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on SIMOX silicon-on-insulator substrates. The device requires heavy top-surface n-type doping of the Si film to produce a suitable tunnel barrier, accomplished by diffusion from a spin-on phosphorous-doped glass. Measurements indicate a roughly exponential doping profile with 7E20 per cubic cm at the top surface and a 2 nm decay length. Three terminal measurements showed evidence of spin injection similar to reports of Jansen et al., while injection with a thinner MgO barrier shows more complicated behavior. On-going measurements and modeling will be discussed.

  19. Spin waves of a current-injected thin ferromagnetic stripe

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    Erickson, R. P.; Pappas, D. P.

    2008-10-01

    Within a micromagnetic model we present the theory of linearized spin waves of a current-carrying rectangular ferromagnetic stripe treated as a slab of infinite extent. After determining the nonuniform scissorlike magnetic ground state that results when a dc electric current is applied along an in-plane easy axis, we calculate both ferromagnetic resonances and spin-wave dispersion as a function of slab thickness. For Permalloy stripes less than 1μm in thickness, increasing current stiffens the response of bulk spin waves, and their dispersion becomes increasingly asymmetric with respect to the easy axis—shifting to lower (higher) frequencies with (opposite) the direction of current. Also, the frequency and direction of propagation of the Damon-Eshbach surface mode are substantially modified by the current, with changed surface-mode behavior exhibited. Above 1μm in thickness the lowest-lying resonance frequency of the Permalloy stripe softens to zero with increasing current and a gap opens up to finite wavelengths along the direction of current, indicative of a ground-state instability. We discuss the implication of our results to the characterization of the magnetic state of these rectangular structures.

  20. Transient dynamics of spin-polarized injection in helical Luttinger liquids

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    Calzona, A.; Carrega, M.; Dolcetto, G.; Sassetti, M.

    2015-11-01

    We analyze the time evolution of spin-polarized electron wave packets injected into the edge states of a two-dimensional topological insulator. In the presence of electron interactions, the system is described as a helical Luttinger liquid and injected electrons fractionalize. However, because of the presence of metallic detectors, no evidences of fractionalization are encoded in dc measurements, and in this regime the system does not show deviations from its non-interacting behavior. Nevertheless, we show that the helical Luttinger liquid nature emerges in the transient dynamics, where signatures of charge/spin fractionalization can be clearly identified.

  1. Reprint of : Transient dynamics of spin-polarized injection in helical Luttinger liquids

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    Calzona, A.; Carrega, M.; Dolcetto, G.; Sassetti, M.

    2016-08-01

    We analyze the time evolution of spin-polarized electron wave packets injected into the edge states of a two-dimensional topological insulator. In the presence of electron interactions, the system is described as a helical Luttinger liquid and injected electrons fractionalize. However, because of the presence of metallic detectors, no evidences of fractionalization are encoded in dc measurements, and in this regime the system does not show deviations from its non-interacting behavior. Nevertheless, we show that the helical Luttinger liquid nature emerges in the transient dynamics, where signatures of charge/spin fractionalization can be clearly identified.

  2. Spin Contrast Variation Study of Fuel-efficient Tire Rubber

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    Noda, Yohei; Yamaguchi, Daisuke; Hashimoto, Takeji; Shamoto, Shin-ichi; Koizumi, Satoshi; Yuasa, Takeshi; Tominaga, Tetsuo; Sone, Takuo

    The scattering length of a proton against a polarized neutron depends strongly on the polarization of proton spins (PH). This dependence can be utilized for contrast variation in small angle neutron scattering (SANS). We applied this spin contrast variation technique to a silica-filled SBR rubber specimen, which is widely used for tread rubber of fuel-efficient tires. For realizing high PH, we used dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) technique, in which large polarization of electron spin at low temperature and high magnetic field is transferred to proton spin by microwave irradiation with a tuned frequency. As this electron spin source, we doped stable radical TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethyl piperidine 1-oxyl) into the rubber sample by use of a vapor sorption technique. For the TEMPO-doped rubber sample, SANS measurements were conducted at PH = -20%, 0%, and +13%, with almost fully polarized neutron beam %) with its wavelength of 6.5±0.6 Å. The SANS profile clearly changed as a function of PH, which can be explained by the PH dependence of the neutron scattering length densities of the main three components (SBR, silica and zinc oxide). By a linear transformation of the profiles obtained at the three different PH values, we successfully determined the partial scattering function of silica, which reflects the aggregation of silica particles.

  3. Highly efficient 6-stroke engine cycle with water injection

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    Szybist, James P; Conklin, James C

    2012-10-23

    A six-stroke engine cycle having improved efficiency. Heat is recovered from the engine combustion gases by using a 6-stroke engine cycle in which combustion gases are partially vented proximate the bottom-dead-center position of the fourth stroke cycle, and water is injected proximate the top-dead-center position of the fourth stroke cycle.

  4. How to inject light efficiently into single-mode fibers

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    Jovanovic, Nemanja; Guyon, Olivier; Martinache, Frantz; Schwab, Christian; Cvetojevic, Nick

    2014-07-01

    A key avenue to improving the precision of radial velocity measurements is by using photonic devices to collect the light from the focal plane and delivering the beams to the slit of spectrograph via a single-mode fiber. Single-mode fibers have the favorable property that they allow light to propagate in a single energy distribution characterized by a Gaussian shape with a flat wavefront which is temporarily stable and independent of changes to the injection. These properties mean that the point spread function delivered to the input slit of a spectrograph is highly stable with time and independent of changes to the injection which is currently a key limitation to precision radial velocity measurements and known as "Modal Noise". Further light delivery via single-mode fibers is the key requirement to realize long baseline interferometers such as the Optical Hawaiian Array for Nanoradian Astronomy. Injecting into single-mode fibers efficiently is inherently difficult because it requires closely matching the intensity and wavefront of the focused beam to that supported by the fiber. The atmosphere is currently the key roadblock to efficient injection. However, extreme adaptive optics systems such as Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) system currently being commissioned will enable high order wavefront correction and make efficient coupling into single-mode fibers possible. In addition, pupil apodization optics used for coronagraphy, known as phase induced amplitude apodization lenses also present in the SCExAO instrument, allow for close matching of the intensity distributions. We report on the progress and lessons learnt on developing an efficient single-mode injection unit within the SCExAO instrument. As part of the PANDORA project we aim to use this injection and combine it with several other photonic technologies to enable high precision radial velocity measurements in new and innovative ways.

  5. Spin Injection and Suppressed Andreev Reflection in Ferromagnet-Superconductor Oxide Heterostructures

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    Goldman, A. M.; Kraus, P. A.; Nikolaev, K.; Vas'ko, V. A.; Bhattacharya, A.; Cooley, W.

    2000-03-01

    Heterostructure bilayers of the superconductor, dysprosium barium copper oxide (DBCO), and the ferromagnet, lanthanum barium manganite (LBMO), were grown as single crystal thin films by employing the block-by-block deposition technique. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction was used to monitor film quality during growth. These bilayers were patterned as mesa structures for vertical transport measurements using low-energy, low-density Ar ion milling with the sample held at 77K. Electrical leads were arranged so as to permit study of the effect of the injection of spin-polarized carriers on Andreev reflection at the superconductor-ferromagnet interface and the determination of the effect of injection on the critical current of the superconductor. Because the DBCO film was the underlayer, an extended oxygen anneal was need to achieve superconductivity in finished devices. The results of conductance measurements are consistent with recent theories of spin-polarized transport between ferromagnetic and superconducting layers, and reveal a temperature dependence of the spin polarization in LBMO. Clear features of the suppression of Andreev reflection by spin polarization were visible at low temperatures. Critical current suppression data showed that a nonequilibrium population of spins developed in the superconducting film as a result of the current injected from the ferromagnet.

  6. Tunneling Spectroscopy Study of Spin-Polarized Quasiparticle Injection Effects in Cuparate/Manganite Heterostructures

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    Wei, J. Y. T.; Yeh, N. C.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1998-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy was performed at 4.2K on epitaxial thin-film heterostructures comprising YBa2Cu3O7 and La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, to study the microscopic effects of spin-polarized quasiparticle injection from the half-metallic ferromagnetic manganite on the high-Tc cuprate superconductor.

  7. Tunneling Spectroscopy Study of Spin-Polarized Quasiparticle Injection Effects in Cuparate/Manganite Heterostructures

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    Wei, J. Y. T.; Yeh, N. C.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1998-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy was performed at 4.2K on epitaxial thin-film heterostructures comprising YBa2Cu3O7 and La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, to study the microscopic effects of spin-polarized quasiparticle injection from the half-metallic ferromagnetic manganite on the high-Tc cuprate superconductor.

  8. Spin-polarized current injection induced magnetic reconstruction at oxide interface.

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    Fang, F; Yin, Y W; Li, Qi; Lüpke, G

    2017-01-04

    Electrical manipulation of magnetism presents a promising way towards using the spin degree of freedom in very fast, low-power electronic devices. Though there has been tremendous progress in electrical control of magnetic properties using ferromagnetic (FM) nanostructures, an opportunity of manipulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) states should offer another route for creating a broad range of new enabling technologies. Here we selectively probe the interface magnetization of SrTiO3/La0.5Ca0.5MnO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 heterojunctions and discover a new spin-polarized current injection induced interface magnetoelectric (ME) effect. The accumulation of majority spins at the interface causes a sudden, reversible transition of the spin alignment of interfacial Mn ions from AFM to FM exchange-coupled, while the injection of minority electron spins alters the interface magnetization from C-type to A-type AFM state. In contrast, the bulk magnetization remains unchanged. We attribute the current-induced interface ME effect to modulations of the strong double-exchange interaction between conducting electron spins and local magnetic moments. The effect is robust and may serve as a viable route for electronic and spintronic applications.

  9. Enhanced Tunnel Spin Injection into Graphene using Chemical Vapor Deposited Hexagonal Boron Nitride

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    Kamalakar, M. Venkata; Dankert, André; Bergsten, Johan; Ive, Tommy; Dash, Saroj P.

    2014-01-01

    The van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals constitute a new paradigm in nanoscience. Hybrid devices of graphene with insulating 2D hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have emerged as promising nanoelectronic architectures through demonstrations of ultrahigh electron mobilities and charge-based tunnel transistors. Here, we expand the functional horizon of such 2D materials demonstrating the quantum tunneling of spin polarized electrons through atomic planes of CVD grown h-BN. We report excellent tunneling behavior of h-BN layers together with tunnel spin injection and transport in graphene using ferromagnet/h-BN contacts. Employing h-BN tunnel contacts, we observe enhancements in both spin signal amplitude and lifetime by an order of magnitude. We demonstrate spin transport and precession over micrometer-scale distances with spin lifetime up to 0.46 nanosecond. Our results and complementary magnetoresistance calculations illustrate that CVD h-BN tunnel barrier provides a reliable, reproducible and alternative approach to address the conductivity mismatch problem for spin injection into graphene. PMID:25156685

  10. Spin-polarized current injection induced magnetic reconstruction at oxide interface

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    Fang, F.; Yin, Y. W.; Li, Qi; ...

    2017-01-04

    Electrical manipulation of magnetism presents a promising way towards using the spin degree of freedom in very fast, low-power electronic devices. Though there has been tremendous progress in electrical control of magnetic properties using ferromagnetic (FM) nanostructures, an opportunity of manipulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) states should offer another route for creating a broad range of new enabling technologies. Here we selectively probe the interface magnetization of SrTiO3/La0.5Ca0.5MnO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 heterojunctions and discover a new spin-polarized current injection induced interface magnetoelectric (ME) effect. The accumulation of majority spins at the interface causes a sudden, reversible transition of the spin alignment of interfacial Mn ionsmore » from AFM to FM exchange-coupled, while the injection of minority electron spins alters the interface magnetization from C-type to A-type AFM state. In contrast, the bulk magnetization remains unchanged. We attribute the current-induced interface ME effect to modulations of the strong double-exchange interaction between conducting electron spins and local magnetic moments. As a result, the effect is robust and may serve as a viable route for electronic and spintronic applications.« less

  11. Spin-polarized current injection induced magnetic reconstruction at oxide interface

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    Fang, F.; Yin, Y. W.; Li, Qi; Lüpke, G.

    2017-01-01

    Electrical manipulation of magnetism presents a promising way towards using the spin degree of freedom in very fast, low-power electronic devices. Though there has been tremendous progress in electrical control of magnetic properties using ferromagnetic (FM) nanostructures, an opportunity of manipulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) states should offer another route for creating a broad range of new enabling technologies. Here we selectively probe the interface magnetization of SrTiO3/La0.5Ca0.5MnO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 heterojunctions and discover a new spin-polarized current injection induced interface magnetoelectric (ME) effect. The accumulation of majority spins at the interface causes a sudden, reversible transition of the spin alignment of interfacial Mn ions from AFM to FM exchange-coupled, while the injection of minority electron spins alters the interface magnetization from C-type to A-type AFM state. In contrast, the bulk magnetization remains unchanged. We attribute the current-induced interface ME effect to modulations of the strong double-exchange interaction between conducting electron spins and local magnetic moments. The effect is robust and may serve as a viable route for electronic and spintronic applications.

  12. Spin-polarized current injection induced magnetic reconstruction at oxide interface

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    Fang, F.; Yin, Y. W.; Li, Qi; Lüpke, G.

    2017-01-01

    Electrical manipulation of magnetism presents a promising way towards using the spin degree of freedom in very fast, low-power electronic devices. Though there has been tremendous progress in electrical control of magnetic properties using ferromagnetic (FM) nanostructures, an opportunity of manipulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) states should offer another route for creating a broad range of new enabling technologies. Here we selectively probe the interface magnetization of SrTiO3/La0.5Ca0.5MnO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 heterojunctions and discover a new spin-polarized current injection induced interface magnetoelectric (ME) effect. The accumulation of majority spins at the interface causes a sudden, reversible transition of the spin alignment of interfacial Mn ions from AFM to FM exchange-coupled, while the injection of minority electron spins alters the interface magnetization from C-type to A-type AFM state. In contrast, the bulk magnetization remains unchanged. We attribute the current-induced interface ME effect to modulations of the strong double-exchange interaction between conducting electron spins and local magnetic moments. The effect is robust and may serve as a viable route for electronic and spintronic applications. PMID:28051142

  13. High domain wall velocities via spin transfer torque using vertical current injection.

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    Metaxas, Peter J; Sampaio, Joao; Chanthbouala, André; Matsumoto, Rie; Anane, Abdelmadjid; Fert, Albert; Zvezdin, Konstantin A; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji; Nishimura, Kazumasa; Nagamine, Yoshinori; Maehara, Hiroki; Tsunekawa, Koji; Cros, Vincent; Grollier, Julie

    2013-01-01

    Domain walls, nanoscale transition regions separating oppositely oriented ferromagnetic domains, have significant promise for use in spintronic devices for data storage and memristive applications. The state of these devices is related to the wall position and thus rapid operation will require a controllable onset of domain wall motion and high speed wall displacement. These processes are traditionally driven by spin transfer torque due to lateral injection of spin polarized current through a ferromagnetic nanostrip. However, this geometry is often hampered by low maximum wall velocities and/or a need for prohibitively high current densities. Here, using time-resolved magnetotransport measurements, we show that vertical injection of spin currents through a magnetic tunnel junction can drive domain walls over hundreds of nanometers at ~500 m/s using current densities on the order of 6 MA/cm(2). Moreover, these measurements provide information about the stochastic and deterministic aspects of current driven domain wall mediated switching.

  14. High domain wall velocities via spin transfer torque using vertical current injection

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    Metaxas, Peter J.; Sampaio, Joao; Chanthbouala, André; Matsumoto, Rie; Anane, Abdelmadjid; Fert, Albert; Zvezdin, Konstantin A.; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji; Nishimura, Kazumasa; Nagamine, Yoshinori; Maehara, Hiroki; Tsunekawa, Koji; Cros, Vincent; Grollier, Julie

    2013-01-01

    Domain walls, nanoscale transition regions separating oppositely oriented ferromagnetic domains, have significant promise for use in spintronic devices for data storage and memristive applications. The state of these devices is related to the wall position and thus rapid operation will require a controllable onset of domain wall motion and high speed wall displacement. These processes are traditionally driven by spin transfer torque due to lateral injection of spin polarized current through a ferromagnetic nanostrip. However, this geometry is often hampered by low maximum wall velocities and/or a need for prohibitively high current densities. Here, using time-resolved magnetotransport measurements, we show that vertical injection of spin currents through a magnetic tunnel junction can drive domain walls over hundreds of nanometers at ~500 m/s using current densities on the order of 6 MA/cm2. Moreover, these measurements provide information about the stochastic and deterministic aspects of current driven domain wall mediated switching. PMID:23670402

  15. Efficient spin resolved spectroscopy observation machine at Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center

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    Okuda, Taichi; Miyamaoto, Koji; Namatame, Hirofumi; Miyahara, Hirokazu; Kuroda, Kenta; Kimura, Akio; Taniguchi, Masaki

    2011-10-15

    Highly efficient spin- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectrometer named ESPRESSO (Efficient SPin REsolved SpectroScopy Observation) machine has been developed at the beamline BL-9B in Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center. Combination of high-resolution hemispherical electron analyzer and the high-efficient spin detector based on very low energy electron diffraction by the ferromagnetic target makes the high-energy resolution and angular resolution compatible with spin- and angle-resolved photoemission (SARPES) measurement. 7.5 meV in energy and {+-}0.18 deg. in angular resolution have been achieved with spin resolution. The ESPRESSO machine, combination of quick energy-band dispersion measurement and Fermi surface mapping by two-dimensional electron detector for the spin integrated ARPES and the high-efficient spin analysis by the efficient spin detector realizes the comprehensive investigation of spin electronic structure of materials.

  16. High Efficiency Spin Flipper for the n3He Experiment

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    Hayes, Christopher; n3He Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    The n3He experiment, constructed on the Fundamental Neutron Physics Beamline (FnPB) at the Spallation Neutron Source, is designed to measure the parity violating (PV) proton asymmetry Ap in the capture reaction n +3 He -->3 H + p + 765 keV The asymmetry has an estimated value Ap ~ - 1 ×10-7 and is directly related to the weak isospin conserved couplings hρ0 and ωρ0 which are of fundamental interest in the verification of the meson exchange model of low energy NN intereactions. Data production for the n3He experiment began in February 2015 and is scheduled to continue thru December 2015 - reaching a statistical sensitivity δAp ~10-8 or better. I will discuss the spin flipper which is designed using the theory of double cosine-theta coils, and capable of flipping neutron spins with an efficiency approaching its maximum value ɛsf = 1 . I will also discuss the theory of Spin Magnetic Resonance (SMR) and how it is employed by the spin flipper to flip 60 Hz pulses of cold neutrons over a range of wavelengths.

  17. Hot-electron effect in spin relaxation of electrically injected electrons in intrinsic Germanium.

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    Yu, T; Wu, M W

    2015-07-01

    The hot-electron effect in the spin relaxation of electrically injected electrons in intrinsic germanium is investigated by the kinetic spin Bloch equations both analytically and numerically. It is shown that in the weak-electric-field regime with E ≲ 0.5 kV cm(-1), our calculations have reasonable agreement with the recent transport experiment in the hot-electron spin-injection configuration (2013 Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 257204). We reveal that the spin relaxation is significantly enhanced at low temperature in the presence of weak electric field E ≲ 50 V cm(-1), which originates from the obvious center-of-mass drift effect due to the weak electron-phonon interaction, whereas the hot-electron effect is demonstrated to be less important. This can explain the discrepancy between the experimental observation and the previous theoretical calculation (2012 Phys. Rev. B 86 085202), which deviates from the experimental results by about two orders of magnitude at low temperature. It is further shown that in the strong-electric-field regime with 0.5 ≲ E ≲ 2 kV cm(-1), the spin relaxation is enhanced due to the hot-electron effect, whereas the drift effect is demonstrated to be marginal. Finally, we find that when 1.4 ≲ E ≲ 2 kV cm(-1) which lies in the strong-electric-field regime, a small fraction of electrons (≲5%) can be driven from the L to Γ valley, and the spin relaxation rates are the same for the Γ and L valleys in the intrinsic sample without impurity. With the negligible influence of the spin dynamics in the Γ valley to the whole system, the spin dynamics in the L valley can be measured from the Γ valley by the standard direct optical transition method.

  18. Growth-temperature dependence of optical spin-injection dynamics in self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots

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    Yamamura, Takafumi; Kiba, Takayuki; Yang, Xiaojie; Takayama, Junichi; Subagyo, Agus; Sueoka, Kazuhisa; Murayama, Akihiro

    2014-09-07

    The growth-temperature dependence of the optical spin-injection dynamics in self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) of In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As was studied by increasing the sheet density of the dots from 2 × 10{sup 10} to 7 × 10{sup 10} cm{sup −2} and reducing their size through a decrease in growth temperature from 500 to 470 °C. The circularly polarized transient photoluminescence (PL) of the resulting QD ensembles was analyzed after optical excitation of spin-polarized carriers in GaAs barriers by using rate equations that take into account spin-injection dynamics such as spin-injection time, spin relaxation during injection, spin-dependent state-filling, and subsequent spin relaxation. The excitation-power dependence of the transient circular polarization of PL in the QDs, which is sensitive to the state-filling effect, was also examined. It was found that a systematic increase occurs in the degree of circular polarization of PL with decreasing growth temperature, which reflects the transient polarization of exciton spin after spin injection. This is attributed to strong suppression of the filling effect for the majority-spin states as the dot-density of the QDs increases.

  19. Spin currents injected electrically and thermally from highly spin polarized Co{sub 2}MnSi

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    Pfeiffer, Alexander; Reeve, Robert M.; Kronenberg, Alexander; Jourdan, Martin; Kläui, Mathias; Hu, Shaojie; Kimura, Takashi

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate the injection and detection of electrically and thermally generated spin currents probed in Co{sub 2}MnSi/Cu lateral spin valves. Devices with different electrode separations are patterned to measure the non-local signal as a function of the electrode spacing and we determine a relatively high effective spin polarization α of Co{sub 2}MnSi to be 0.63 and the spin diffusion length of Cu to be 500 nm at room temperature. The electrically generated non-local signal is measured as a function of temperature and a maximum signal is observed for a temperature of 80 K. The thermally generated non-local signal is measured as a function of current density and temperature in a second harmonic measurement detection scheme. We find different temperature dependences for the electrically and thermally generated non-local signals, which allows us to conclude that the temperature dependence of the signals is not just dominated by the transport in the Cu wire, but there is a crucial contribution from the different generation mechanisms, which has been largely disregarded till date.

  20. Engineering of spin injection and spin transport in organic spin valves using π-conjugated polymer brushes

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    Geng, Rugang; Roy, Anandi; Subedi, Ram; Locklin, Jason; Nguyen, Tho; Zhao, Wenbo; Li, Xiaoguang

    Charge transport in amorphous organic semiconductors is governed by carriers hopping between localized states with small spin diffusion length. Furthermore, the spin interfacial resistance of organic spin valves (OSVs) is poorly controlled resulting in controversial reports of the magnetoresistance response. Here, we used surface initiated Kumada transfer polycondensation to covalently graft π-conjugated poly(3-methylthiophene) brushes from the La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) bottom electrode. The covalent attachment along with the brush morphology allows for more control over the LSMO/brush interfacial resistance and large spacer mobility. Remarkably, with 15 nm brush spacer layer, we observed an optimum magnetoresistance (MR) effect of 70% at cryogenic temperatures and a MR of 2.7% at 280K. The temperature dependence of the MR is nearly an order of magnitude weaker than that found in control OSVs made from spin-coated poly(3-hexylthiophene). Using a variety of different brush layer thicknesses, the thickness dependent MR at 20K was investigated. A spin diffusion length of 20 nm at 5 mV junction voltage rapidly increases to 55 nm at -280 mV. We acknowledge NSF (CHE 1412714 and DMR 0953112) (J.L.), the UGA start-up funds and Faculty Research Grant (T.N.), NSFC and NBRPC (2012CB922003 and 2015CB921201, X.G.L.) for funding this work.

  1. Electronic structure of the Co ( 0001 )/Mo S2 interface and its possible use for electrical spin injection in a single Mo S2 layer

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    Garandel, T.; Arras, R.; Marie, X.; Renucci, P.; Calmels, L.

    2017-02-01

    The ability to perform efficient electrical spin injection from ferromagnetic metals into two-dimensional semiconductor crystals based on transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers is a prerequisite for spintronic and valleytronic devices using these materials. Here, the hexagonal close-packed (hcp) Co (0001 ) /Mo S2 interface electronic structure is investigated by first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. In the lowest energy configuration of the hybrid system after optimization of the atomic coordinates, we show that interface sulfur atoms are covalently bound to one, two, or three cobalt atoms. A decrease of the Co atom spin magnetic moment is observed at the interface, together with a small magnetization of S atoms. Mo atoms also hold small magnetic moments, which can take positive as well as negative values. The charge transfers due to covalent bonding between S and Co atoms at the interface have been calculated for majority and minority spin electrons, and the connections between these interface charge transfers and the induced magnetic properties of the Mo S2 layer are discussed. Band structure and density of states of the hybrid system are calculated for minority and majority spin electrons, taking into account spin-orbit coupling. We demonstrate that Mo S2 bound to the Co contact becomes metallic due to hybridization between Co d and S p orbitals. For this metallic phase of Mo S2 , a spin polarization at the Fermi level of 16% in absolute value is calculated, which could allow spin injection into the semiconducting Mo S2 monolayer channel. Finally, the symmetry of the majority and minority spin electron wave functions at the Fermi level in the Co-bound metallic phase of Mo S2 and the orientation of the border between the metallic and semiconducting phases of Mo S2 are investigated, and their impact on spin injection into the Mo S2 channel is discussed.

  2. Valley Polarization by Spin Injection in a Light-Emitting van der Waals Heterojunction

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    2016-01-01

    The band structure of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) with valence band edges at different locations in the momentum space could be harnessed to build devices that operate relying on the valley degree of freedom. To realize such valleytronic devices, it is necessary to control and manipulate the charge density in these valleys, resulting in valley polarization. While this has been demonstrated using optical excitation, generation of valley polarization in electronic devices without optical excitation remains difficult. Here, we demonstrate spin injection from a ferromagnetic electrode into a heterojunction based on monolayers of WSe2 and MoS2 and lateral transport of spin-polarized holes within the WSe2 layer. The resulting valley polarization leads to circularly polarized light emission that can be tuned using an external magnetic field. This demonstration of spin injection and magnetoelectronic control over valley polarization provides a new opportunity for realizing combined spin and valleytronic devices based on spin-valley locking in semiconducting TMDCs. PMID:27575518

  3. Efficient model checking of network authentication protocol based on SPIN

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    Tan, Zhi-hua; Zhang, Da-fang; Miao, Li; Zhao, Dan

    2013-03-01

    Model checking is a very useful technique for verifying the network authentication protocols. In order to improve the efficiency of modeling and verification on the protocols with the model checking technology, this paper first proposes a universal formalization description method of the protocol. Combined with the model checker SPIN, the method can expediently verify the properties of the protocol. By some modeling simplified strategies, this paper can model several protocols efficiently, and reduce the states space of the model. Compared with the previous literature, this paper achieves higher degree of automation, and better efficiency of verification. Finally based on the method described in the paper, we model and verify the Privacy and Key Management (PKM) authentication protocol. The experimental results show that the method of model checking is effective, which is useful for the other authentication protocols.

  4. Highly Efficient Domain Walls Injection in Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy Nanowire

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    Zhang, S. F.; Gan, W. L.; Kwon, J.; Luo, F. L.; Lim, G. J.; Wang, J. B.; Lew, W. S.

    2016-01-01

    Electrical injection of magnetic domain walls in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowire is crucial for data bit writing in domain wall-based magnetic memory and logic devices. Conventionally, the current pulse required to nucleate a domain wall is approximately ~1012 A/m2. Here, we demonstrate an energy efficient structure to inject domain walls. Under an applied electric potential, our proposed Π-shaped stripline generates a highly concentrated current distribution. This creates a highly localized magnetic field that quickly initiates the nucleation of a magnetic domain. The formation and motion of the resulting domain walls can then be electrically detected by means of Ta Hall bars across the nanowire. Our measurements show that the Π-shaped stripline can deterministically write a magnetic data bit in 15 ns even with a relatively low current density of 5.34 × 1011 A/m2. Micromagnetic simulations reveal the evolution of the domain nucleation – first, by the formation of a pair of magnetic bubbles, then followed by their rapid expansion into a single domain. Finally, we also demonstrate experimentally that our injection geometry can perform bit writing using only about 30% of the electrical energy as compared to a conventional injection line. PMID:27098108

  5. Highly Efficient Domain Walls Injection in Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy Nanowire

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    Zhang, S. F.; Gan, W. L.; Kwon, J.; Luo, F. L.; Lim, G. J.; Wang, J. B.; Lew, W. S.

    2016-04-01

    Electrical injection of magnetic domain walls in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowire is crucial for data bit writing in domain wall-based magnetic memory and logic devices. Conventionally, the current pulse required to nucleate a domain wall is approximately ~1012 A/m2. Here, we demonstrate an energy efficient structure to inject domain walls. Under an applied electric potential, our proposed Π-shaped stripline generates a highly concentrated current distribution. This creates a highly localized magnetic field that quickly initiates the nucleation of a magnetic domain. The formation and motion of the resulting domain walls can then be electrically detected by means of Ta Hall bars across the nanowire. Our measurements show that the Π-shaped stripline can deterministically write a magnetic data bit in 15 ns even with a relatively low current density of 5.34 × 1011 A/m2. Micromagnetic simulations reveal the evolution of the domain nucleation - first, by the formation of a pair of magnetic bubbles, then followed by their rapid expansion into a single domain. Finally, we also demonstrate experimentally that our injection geometry can perform bit writing using only about 30% of the electrical energy as compared to a conventional injection line.

  6. Highly Efficient Domain Walls Injection in Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy Nanowire.

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    Zhang, S F; Gan, W L; Kwon, J; Luo, F L; Lim, G J; Wang, J B; Lew, W S

    2016-04-21

    Electrical injection of magnetic domain walls in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowire is crucial for data bit writing in domain wall-based magnetic memory and logic devices. Conventionally, the current pulse required to nucleate a domain wall is approximately ~10(12) A/m(2). Here, we demonstrate an energy efficient structure to inject domain walls. Under an applied electric potential, our proposed Π-shaped stripline generates a highly concentrated current distribution. This creates a highly localized magnetic field that quickly initiates the nucleation of a magnetic domain. The formation and motion of the resulting domain walls can then be electrically detected by means of Ta Hall bars across the nanowire. Our measurements show that the Π-shaped stripline can deterministically write a magnetic data bit in 15 ns even with a relatively low current density of 5.34 × 10(11) A/m(2). Micromagnetic simulations reveal the evolution of the domain nucleation - first, by the formation of a pair of magnetic bubbles, then followed by their rapid expansion into a single domain. Finally, we also demonstrate experimentally that our injection geometry can perform bit writing using only about 30% of the electrical energy as compared to a conventional injection line.

  7. Electrical spin injection into graphene through hexagonal boron nitride tunnel barrier

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    Yamaguchi, Takehiro; Inoue, Yoshihisa; Masubuchi, Satoru; Morikawa, Sei; Onuki, Masahiro; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Moriya, Rai; Machida, Tomoki

    2014-03-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene, h-BN, and transition metal dichalcogenides are emergent material system and receiving much attention for spintronics applications. Particularly, these 2D crystals have significant advantages when they are used as a tunnel barrier. 1) These materials can be exfoliated with a monolayer thick resolution. 2) A single-crystalline flake can be fabricated. 3) A wide range of band gaps are available. However, up to now, spin polarized tunneling through these materials has not been fully explored experimentally. Here, we demonstrate spin polarized tunneling through one monolayer thick of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) layer and used it for electrical spin injection into graphene. A NiFe/ML h-BN/bilayer graphene/h-BN structure is fabricated using a micromechanical cleavage and dry transfer technique. I-V curve across h-BN exhibits non-linear characteristics and suggests the successful fabrication of tunnel barrier. A spin signal is observed in non-local magnetoresistance measurement. Spin diffusion constant and spin relaxation time are obtained from the Hanle measurement.

  8. Analysis and characterization of the injection efficiency tuning IGBT

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    Zhang, Fei; Shi, Lina; Zhang, Liang; Li, Chengfang; Wang, Wei; Yu, Wen; Sun, Xiaowei

    2006-05-01

    For the first time, an insulated gate bipolar transistor with a novel buffer, called injection efficiency tuning IGBT (IET-IGBT), is proposed and verified by two-dimensional (2D) mixed device-circuit simulations. The structure of the proposed device is almost identical with that of the conventional IGBT, except for the buffer layer which is formed by employing a very highly doped stripped n+ and a weakly doped n- structure. Compared with the conventional PT-IGBT and recent FS-IGBT, the proposed device exhibits a better trade-off relation between the conduction and switching losses. An interesting feature of the IET-IGBT is that its on-resistance can be largely decreased at the expenditure of a moderate and neglectable increase in the turn-off time. The weakly doped n- buffer region leads to a high injection efficiency anode providing an optimum level of conductivity modulation required for a given on-state voltage drop in the n-drift region, while the very highly doped n+ buffer region results in a low injection anode accelerating the device turn-off. Detailed physical mechanisms are given.

  9. Supercurrent generation by spin injection in an s -wave superconductor-Rashba metal bilayer

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    Mal'shukov, A. G.

    2017-02-01

    The spin-galvanic (inverse Edelstein) and inverse spin-Hall effects are calculated for a hybrid system that combines thin superconductor and Rashba metal layers. These effects are produced by a nonequilibrium spin polarization that is injected into the normal metal layer. This polarization gives rise to an electric potential that relaxes within some characteristic length, which is determined by Andreev reflection. Within this length, the dissipative electric current of quasiparticles in the normal layer converts into the supercurrent. This process involves only subgap states, and at low temperature the inelastic electron-phonon interactions are not important. It is discussed how such a hybrid system can be integrated into a SQUID, where it produces an effect similar to a magnetic flux.

  10. Low-Resistance Spin Injection into Silicon Using Graphene Tunnel Barriers

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    2012-11-01

    compromise spin injection/transport/detection. Ferromagnetic metals readily form silicides even at room tempera- ture19, and diffusion of the ferromagnetic...001) substrates (electron density n¼ 6× 1019 and 1× 1019 cm23). Raman spec- troscopy confirmed that the graphene was of high quality with minimal...contacts. Nature Commun. 2, 245 (2011). 19. Klasges, R. et al. Formation of a ferromagnetic silicide at the Fe/Si(100) interface. Phys. Rev. B 56, 10801

  11. Injection efficiency of bound modes. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Egalon, Claudio Oliveira

    1990-01-01

    Previous work on efficiency of light injection into the core of a fiber from a thin film and a bulk distribution of sources in the cladding have used the fields of a weakly guiding fiber. This approximation simplifies the analysis of the power efficiency by introducing universal values for the eigenvalues of different fibers with the same V-number, but cannot predict accurately the behavior of the injected light into a fiber with arbitrary differences in indices of refraction. The exact field solution was used in the expressions of the power efficiency, p sub eff, and its behavior as a function of the fiber parameter was analyzed. Weakly guiding results obtained previously are confirmed. However, P sub eff does not always increase with the V-number but with the difference in the indices of refraction, eta sub core-eta sub clad. For the bulk distribution it was found that P sub eff increases with the wavelength, lambda, and decreases with the fiber core radius, a, i.e., it decreases with the V-number. However, for the thin film, the P sub eff remains almost constant with lambda and the fiber core radius.

  12. Electrical spin injection into InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells: A comparison between MgO tunnel barriers grown by sputtering and molecular beam epitaxy methods

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    Barate, P.; Zhang, T. T.; Vidal, M.; Renucci, P.; Marie, X.; Amand, T.; Liang, S.; Devaux, X.; Hehn, M.; Mangin, S.; Lu, Y.; Frougier, J.; Jaffrès, H.; George, J. M.; Zheng, Y.; Tao, B.; Han, X. F.

    2014-07-07

    An efficient electrical spin injection into an InGaAs/GaAs quantum well light emitting diode is demonstrated thanks to a CoFeB/MgO spin injector. The textured MgO tunnel barrier is fabricated by two different techniques: sputtering and molecular beam epitaxy. The maximal spin injection efficiency is comparable for both methods. Additionally, the effect of annealing is also investigated for the two types of samples. Both samples show the same trend: an increase of the electroluminescence circular polarization (P{sub c}) with the increase of annealing temperature, followed by a saturation of P{sub c} beyond 350 °C annealing. Since the increase of P{sub c} starts well below the crystallization temperature of the full CoFeB bulk layer, this trend could be mainly due to an improvement of chemical structure at the top CoFeB/MgO interface. This study reveals that the control of CoFeB/MgO interface is essential for an optimal spin injection into semiconductor.

  13. Efficient gate control of spin-valve signals and Hanle signals in GaAs channel with p-i-n junction-type back-gate structure

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    Miyakawa, Takumi; Akiho, Takafumi; Ebina, Yuya; Yamamoto, Masafumi; Uemura, Tetsuya

    2016-02-01

    Efficient gate control of spin-valve signals and Hanle signals was achieved in a GaAs channel with a p-i-n back-gate structure. Experiments showed that the amplitude of the spin-valve signal (ΔVNL) under constant-injection-current conditions increased for a cross nonlocal geometry when the channel was depleted by the gate voltage (VG). In contrast, the VG dependence of ΔVNL for a nonlocal geometry was complicated. The gate modulation efficiency of spin signals was approximately 50 times that with a graphene or Si channel.

  14. Improved charge transport and injection in a meso-superstructured solar cell by a tractable pre-spin-coating process.

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    Li, Nan; Li, Haoyuan; Li, Yu; Wang, Shufeng; Wang, Liduo

    2015-10-07

    In meso-superstructured solar cells (MSSCs), the state-of-the-art perovskite acts as both the light harvester and electron transporter due to its ambipolar properties. The inefficient pore filling and infiltration of perovskite directly affect the continuous distribution of perovskite in mesoporous Al2O3, resulting in discontinuous carrier transport in the mesoporous structure and insufficient electron injection to the compact TiO2 layer. Herein, we introduce a simple pre-spin-coating process to improve the infiltration and pore filling of perovskite, which results in higher light absorption and enhanced electron injection, as seen in UV-vis spectra and photoluminescence (PL) spectra, respectively. We first apply time of flight (TOF) experiments to characterize charge transport in MSSCs, and the results reveal that more continuous charge transport pathways are formed with the pre-spin-coating process. This effective method, with ease of processing, demonstrates obviously improved photocurrents, reaching an efficiency as high as 14%, and promotes the application of lead halide perovskite materials in the photovoltaics field.

  15. High-efficiency microchip laser with self-injection seeding.

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    Wang, Sha; Wang, Yan-biao; Yang, Xian-heng; Feng, Guo-ying; Zhou, Shou-huan

    2015-12-10

    In this paper, we use a small bandwidth 808 nm cw Ti:sapphire laser as a pump source to pump a picosecond microchip laser. Different focal length pump focus lenses have been tested to improve laser efficiency. A maximum slope efficiency of around 20% is obtained by a 30 mm focal length lens. The pump threshold is only 13 mW. In order to reduce the timing jitter, we explored the self-injection seeding method by adding a seeding cavity to the microchip laser. A reduction factor in the timing jitter of up to a factor of 23 relative to the unseeded laser is obtained. From the experiments, we also found that higher seeding pulse energy will help to reduce the jitter more.

  16. Efficient muscle regeneration after highly haemorrhagic Bothrops alternatus venom injection.

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    Garcia Denegri, María Emilia; Teibler, Gladys P; Maruñak, Silvana L; Hernández, David R; Acosta, Ofelia C; Leiva, Laura C

    2016-11-01

    Bothrops alternatus snake venom is particularly characterized for inducing a prominent haemorrhage and affecting hemostasis as a consequence of 43.1% of metallo-proteinases and less than 10% of PLA2 (almost all non-myotoxic phospholipases) in its venomics. In addition, myonecrosis is the major local effect in viper envenoming which might lead to permanent sequela. Then, the rebuilding of the microvasculature at the local injured site acquires significance since represents one of the pivotal stages for subsequent skeletal muscle regeneration either at morphological or functional aspects. Due to the significance played by vasculature in this process, it is important to study by histology and immunohistochemical techniques, the muscular damage and the sequence of skeletal muscle reconstruction (degree of damage, reconstitution of muscle fibres and capillaries). In this work, we injected intramuscularly 50 or 100 μg per mouse of B. alternatus venom in gastrocnemius muscles. We provided a complete description and characterization of the different stages of myogenesis after mild (50 µg) and severe (100 µg) local injury induced by B. alternatus venom toxins. The regeneration was evaluated 24 h, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days after receiving venom injection. Finally, both doses induced an extended necrosis at the site of injection where, when critical steps in the regenerative process are taking place, an efficient tissue rebuilding is achieved. B. alternatus venom is characterized by the high percentage of exclusively class P-III metalloproteinases, and by the lack of class P-I metalloproteinases in its venom composition. This could explain the effectiveness of muscle regeneration after venom injection despite the severity of the initial phase of envenoming.

  17. Dynamical spin injection into a two-dimensional electron gas in an AlGaAs/GaAs structure

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    Ohtomo, Kenro; Ando, Yuichiro; Shinjo, Teruya; Uemura, Tetsuya; Shiraishi, Masashi

    A two-dimensional electron system in a GaAs-based heterostructure is the attractive platform for spintronics since it has high mobility and spin-orbit interaction can be modulated by the gate voltage1. Thus, it is a possible platform to realize electric gate-controlled spin transistor2. However, room-temperature spin transport through GaAs-based heterostructure has yet to be shown. We report first spin transport through the quantum well at GaAs/AlGaAs interface at room temperature. We used spin pumping under ferromagnetic resonance to inject spins from the Ni80Fe20 to the GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well. Generated spin current propagated through the 1 μm channel and was detected using spin-charge conversion inverse spin Hall effect in the Pt electrode. In agreement with spin pumping theory, polarity of the spin transport signal was reversed together with magnetization of the Ni80Fe20. This first demonstration of spin transport through a quantum well at a semiconductor heterostructure interface at room temperature opens a way to realize Datta-Das spin-based transistor.1 J. Nitta, et al., PRL 78, 1335 (1997). 2 S. Datta and B. Das, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 665 (1990).

  18. Nanoscale Magnetic Materials for Energy-Efficient Spin Based Transistors

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    Incorvia, Jean Anne Currivan

    In this dissertation, I study the physical behavior of nanoscale magnetic materials and build spin-based transistors that encode information in magnetic domain walls. It can be argued that energy dissipation is the most serious problem in modern electronics, and one that has been resistant to a breakthrough. Wasted heat during computing both wastes energy and hinders further technology scaling. This is an opportunity for physicists and engineers to come up with creative solutions for more energy-efficient computing. I present the device we have designed, called domain wall logic (DW-Logic). Information is stored in the position of a magnetic domain wall in a ferromagnetic wire and read out using a magnetic tunnel junction. This hybrid design uses electrical current as the input and output, keeping the device compatible with charge- based transistors. I build an iterative model to predict both the micromagnetic and circuit behavior of DW- Logic, showing a single device can operate as a universal gate. The model shows we can build complex circuits including an 18-gate Full Adder, and allows us to predict the device switching energy compared to complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) transistors. Comparing ?15 nm feature nodes, I find DW-Logic made with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy materials, and utilizing both spin torque transfer and the Spin Hall effect, could operate with 1000x reduced switching energy compared to CMOS. I fabricate DW-Logic device prototypes and show in experiment they can act as AND and NAND gates. I demonstrate that one device can drive two subsequent devices, showing gain, which is a necessary requirement for fanout. I also build a clocked ring oscillator circuit to demonstrate successful bit propagation in a DW-Logic circuit and show that properly scaled devices can have improved operation. Through building the devices, I develop a novel fabrication method for patterning sub-25 nm magnetic wires with very low (˜ 2 nm) average edge

  19. Electronic and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic interfaces for spin injection applications: metallic and semiconducting cases

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    Albanesi, E. A.; Makinistian, L.; Zandalazini, C. I.; Oszwaldowski, R. M.; Petukhov, A. G.

    Robust and reliable operation of spintronic devices is determined by the quality of interfaces between magnetic and nonmagnetic materials. In order to get insights in the tuning of the magnetic properties of such interfaces we present comparative studies of two important cases relevant to applications in spin injection devices. We performed ab-initio calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties, of the ferromagnetic metallic interface of Co2MnAl and gold, and of the interfaces of non-and of magnetic II-VI semiconductors and their quantum wells. In the case of the Heusler alloy Co2MnAl-Au, two structural models are implemented: one with the ferromagnet slab terminated in a pure cobalt plane (Co2-t), and the other with it terminated with a plane of MnAl (MnAl-t). The electric in-plane and averaged potential are resolved and analyzed layer by layer through the interface. We predict that both terminations are to be expected to display sensibly different spin injection performances. On the example of magnetic quantum wells of ZnSeZnxMn1-xTeZnSe, we study the variations in the spin resolved density of states, and the potential energy along the junctions. We acknowledge finantial support from SDSMT (USA), and CONICET, FIUNER, of Argentina.

  20. Quantum kinetic theory of optically injected electrical and spin currents in bulk semiconductors

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    Prepelita, Oleg; Sipe, J. E.

    2002-03-01

    We consider the relaxation of coherently controlled currents and spin currents in bulk semiconductors. The currents are injected by simultaneous irradiation with two laser beams; the magnitude of both currents is controlled by the relative phases of these two fields [1,2]. At low injected carrier densities the relaxation of the currents occurs because of the interaction of carriers with the equilibrium optical phonons. Using a quantum master equation approach, Boltzmann type microscopic equations for the averages of the electron-hole subsystem were obtained. From these microscopic equations a simple system of linear differential equations for the evolution of the macroscopic electrical current and spin current in semiconductors can be obtained and easily solved, thus vastly simplifying the calculation of current and spin current relaxation. The developed theory was applied to bulk GaAs. 1.A. Hache, Y. Kostoulas, J. L. P. Hughes, J. E. Sipe, and H. M. van Driel, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 306 (1997). 2.R. D. R. Bhat and J. E. Sipe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5432 (2000).

  1. Electrical injection and detection of spin accumulation in silicon at 500 K with magnetic metal/silicon dioxide contacts.

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    Li, C H; van 't Erve, O M J; Jonker, B T

    2011-01-01

    The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors has identified the electron's spin angular momentum as a new state variable that should be explored as an alternative to the electron's charge for use beyond the size scaling of Moore's Law. A major obstacle has been achieving control of the spin variable at temperatures required for practical applications. Here we demonstrate electrical injection, detection and precession of spin accumulation in silicon, the cornerstone material of device technology, at temperatures that easily exceed these requirements. We observe Hanle precession of electron spin accumulation in silicon for a wide range of bias, show that the magnitude of the Hanle signal agrees well with theory, and that the spin lifetime varies with silicon carrier density. These results confirm spin accumulation in the silicon transport channel to 500 K rather than trapping in localized interface states, and enable utilization of the spin variable in practical device applications.

  2. Spin torque efficiency of Ta, W, and Pt in metallic bilayers evaluated by harmonic Hall and spin Hall magnetoresistance measurements

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    Lau, Yong-Chang; Hayashi, Masamitsu

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the efficiency of current-induced torque, i.e., the spin torque efficiency, in in-plane magnetized heavy metal/CoFeB/MgO heterostructures (heavy metals = Pt, W, and Ta) using the harmonic Hall technique and the spin Hall magnetoresistance. We find that the amplitude of the external magnetic field has a strong influence on the spin torque efficiency evaluation by the harmonic Hall measurements. This can be corrected by measuring the corresponding Hall resistance susceptibility. The sign and magnitude of the resulting Slonczewski-like spin torque efficiencies are in agreement with previous reports and the measurements utilizing the spin Hall magnetoresistance, except for the Pt underlayer films. The origin of the discrepancy for the Pt underlayer films is unclear. The field like torque efficiencies, upon subtracting the Oersted field contribution, are quite low or negligible. This is in significant contrast to what has been found for the field like torque in heterostructures with perpendicular magnetization. These results suggest that a more advanced model is required in order to describe accurately spin transport and momentum transfer at metallic interfaces.

  3. Efficient spin transfer torque in La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 nanostructures

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    Foerster, Michael; Peña, Luis; Vaz, C. A. F.; Heinen, Jan; Finizio, Simone; Schulz, Tomek; Bisig, André; Büttner, Felix; Eisebitt, Stefan; Méchin, Laurence; Hühn, Sebastian; Moshnyaga, Vasily; Kläui, Mathias

    2014-02-01

    We carry out low temperature magnetotransport measurements on nanostructured La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 wires to study the interaction between spin-polarized current and magnetization in this half metallic material. We selectively position domain walls by applying external fields. The domain wall resistance is found to be positive, in contrast to conventional 3d metals. The depinning field is reduced when current pulses are injected into the wire. By comparing measurements for both current polarities, we can disentangle heating and spin transfer torque effects. The determined spin transfer torque efficiency is of the order of 4 × 10-14 Tm2/A, which is significantly higher than in permalloy.

  4. Modulation of spin-orbit torque efficiency by thickness control of heavy metal layers in Co/Pt multilayers

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    Sethi, P.; Krishnia, S.; Li, S. H.; Lew, W. S.

    2017-03-01

    We investigate and quantify spin-orbit torque (SOT) strength by current induced effective in-plane magnetic fields and spin Hall angle (SHA) using AC harmonic Hall voltage measurements techniques on Ta/Pt/Co/Pt/Co/Ta thin film structures. The proposed Co/Pt thin film double stack gives property enhancement on thermal stability and perpendicular magnetization anisotropy strength over the single stack Pt/Co/Ta. In the proposed Co/Pt double stack we observed that increasing the Ta capping thickness to three times enhances the SHA in similar order, consistent with larger spin injection efficiency. Doubling the Pt spacer layer thickness reduces the SHA by nearly 1.4 times, due to partial cancellation of SOT by bottom layer Pt, negating the increase from the top Co/Pt interface. The in-plane current threshold for magnetization switching is lower with the increase of the SHA.

  5. All optical injection and detection of ballistic charge and spin currents in gallium arsinide, germanium, and silicon

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    Loren, Eric Justin

    Charge transport and spin transport (spintronics) over nanometer spatial scales are topics of fundamental scientific and technological interest. If the potential of nano-devices and spintronics is to be realized, ways must be developed to inject and control ballistic charge and spin currents, as well as to measure their motion. Here, using novel polarization and phase sensitive optical pump probe techniques, we not only inject ballistic charge and spin currents in GaAs, Ge, and Si but also follow the subsequent carrier motion with < 1 nm spatial and 200 fs temporal resolution. Unlike most free space measurements, the spatial resolution of these techniques is not limited by diffraction, and therefore these techniques provide a unique platform for studying ballistic transport in semiconductors and semiconductor structures. The injection process relies on quantum interference between absorption pathways associated with two-photon absorption of a fundamental optical field and onephoton absorption of the corresponding second harmonic. By utilizing the phase, polarization, photon energy, and intensity of the optical fields we can control the type of current injection (spin current or charge current) and the direction and magnitude. In GaAs we present the first time resolved measurements of charge and spin currents injected by this process and also show the ballistic direct and inverse Spin Hall Effect. These techniques are extended to the more technologically relevant group IV semiconductors Si and Ge. The charge currents injected in these materials show similar qualitative behavior. The electrons and holes are injected with oppositely directed average ballistic velocities that move apart and return to a common position on sub-picosecond time scales. The spin currents however, are very different. The spin up and spin down carrier profiles move apart and remain apart until their spin profiles decay. In GaAs the profile decay on picosecond time scales however, in Ge they

  6. A graphene solution to conductivity mismatch: spin injection from ferromagnetic metal/graphene tunnel contacts into silicon

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    van't Erve, Olaf

    2014-03-01

    New paradigms for spin-based devices, such as spin-FETs and reconfigurable logic, have been proposed and modeled. These devices rely on electron spin being injected, transported, manipulated and detected in a semiconductor channel. This work is the first demonstration on how a single layer of graphene can be used as a low resistance tunnel barrier solution for electrical spin injection into Silicon at room temperature. We will show that a FM metal / monolayer graphene contact serves as a spin-polarized tunnel barrier which successfully circumvents the classic metal / semiconductor conductivity mismatch issue for electrical spin injection. We demonstrate electrical injection and detection of spin accumulation in Si above room temperature, and show that the corresponding spin lifetimes correlate with the Si carrier concentration, confirming that the spin accumulation measured occurs in the Si and not in interface trap states. An ideal tunnel barrier should exhibit several key material characteristics: a uniform and planar habit with well-controlled thickness, minimal defect / trapped charge density, a low resistance-area product for minimal power consumption, and compatibility with both the FM metal and semiconductor, insuring minimal diffusion to/from the surrounding materials at temperatures required for device processing. Graphene, offers all of the above, while preserving spin injection properties, making it a compelling solution to the conductivity mismatch for spin injection into Si. Although Graphene is very conductive in plane, it exhibits poor conductivity perpendicular to the plane. Its sp2 bonding results in a highly uniform, defect free layer, which is chemically inert, thermally robust, and essentially impervious to diffusion. The use of a single monolayer of graphene at the Si interface provides a much lower RA product than any film of an oxide thick enough to prevent pinholes (1 nm). Our results identify a new route to low resistance-area product spin

  7. Hole spin injection from a GaMnAs layer into GaAs-AlAs-InGaAs resonant tunneling diodes

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    Rodrigues, D. H.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Orlita, M.; Kunc, J.; Galeti, H. V. A.; Henini, M.; Taylor, D.; Galvão Gobato, Y.

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated the polarization-resolved electroluminescence (EL) of a p-i-n GaAs/AlAs/InGaAs resonant tunneling diode (RTD) containing a GaMnAs (x  =  5%) spin injector under high magnetic fields. We demonstrate that under hole resonant tunneling condition, the GaMnAs contact acts as an efficient spin-polarized source for holes tunneling through the device. Polarization degrees up to 80% were observed in the device around the hole resonance at 2 K under 15 T. Our results could be valuable for improving the hole-spin injection in GaMnAs-based spintronic devices.

  8. Spin injection and inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of topological Kondo insulator SmB6.

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    Song, Qi; Mi, Jian; Zhao, Dan; Su, Tang; Yuan, Wei; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Wu, Tao; Chen, Xian Hui; Xie, X C; Zhang, Chi; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-11-11

    There has been considerable interest in exploiting the spin degrees of freedom of electrons for potential information storage and computing technologies. Topological insulators (TIs), a class of quantum materials, have special gapless edge/surface states, where the spin polarization of the Dirac fermions is locked to the momentum direction. This spin-momentum locking property gives rise to very interesting spin-dependent physical phenomena such as the Edelstein and inverse Edelstein effects. However, the spin injection in pure surface states of TI is very challenging because of the coexistence of the highly conducting bulk states. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the spin injection and observe the inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of a topological Kondo insulator, SmB6. At low temperatures when only surface carriers are present, a clear spin signal is observed. Furthermore, the magnetic field angle dependence of the spin signal is consistent with spin-momentum locking property of surface states of SmB6.

  9. Spin injection and inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Song, Qi; Mi, Jian; Zhao, Dan; Su, Tang; Yuan, Wei; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Wu, Tao; Chen, Xian Hui; Xie, X. C.; Zhang, Chi; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-11-01

    There has been considerable interest in exploiting the spin degrees of freedom of electrons for potential information storage and computing technologies. Topological insulators (TIs), a class of quantum materials, have special gapless edge/surface states, where the spin polarization of the Dirac fermions is locked to the momentum direction. This spin-momentum locking property gives rise to very interesting spin-dependent physical phenomena such as the Edelstein and inverse Edelstein effects. However, the spin injection in pure surface states of TI is very challenging because of the coexistence of the highly conducting bulk states. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the spin injection and observe the inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of a topological Kondo insulator, SmB6. At low temperatures when only surface carriers are present, a clear spin signal is observed. Furthermore, the magnetic field angle dependence of the spin signal is consistent with spin-momentum locking property of surface states of SmB6.

  10. Efficient spin filter and spin valve in a single-molecule magnet Fe{sub 4} between two graphene electrodes

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    Zu, Feng-Xia; Gao, Guo-Ying; Fu, Hua-Hua; Peng, Li; Yao, Kai-Lun; Xiong, Lun; Zhu, Si-Cong

    2015-12-21

    We propose a magnetic molecular junction consisting of a single-molecule magnet Fe{sub 4} connected two graphene electrodes and investigate transport properties, using the nonequilibrium Green's function method in combination with spin-polarized density-functional theory. The results show that the device can be used as a nearly perfect spin filter with efficiency approaching 100%. Our calculations provide crucial microscopic information how the four iron cores of the chemical structure are responsible for the spin-resolved transmissions. Moreover, it is also found that the device behaves as a highly efficient spin valve, which is an excellent candidate for spintronics of molecular devices. The idea of combining single-molecule magnets with graphene provides a direction in designing a new class of molecular spintronic devices.

  11. Magnetism reflectometer study shows LiF layers improve efficiency in spin valve devices

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    Bardoel, Agatha A; Lauter, Valeria; Szulczewski, Greg J

    2012-01-01

    New, more efficient materials for spin valves - a device used in magnetic sensors, random access memories, and hard disk drives - may be on the way based on research using the magnetism reflectometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Spin valve devices work by means of two or more conducting magnetic material layers that alternate their electrical resistance depending on the layers alignment. Giant magnetoresistance is a quantum mechanical effect first observed in thin film structures about 20 years ago. The effect is observed as a significant change in electrical resistance, depending on whether the magnetization of adjacent ferromagnetic layers is in a parallel or an antiparallel magnetic alignment. 'What we are doing here is developing new materials. The search for new materials suitable for injecting and transferring carriers with a preferential spin orientation is most important for the development of spintronics,' said Valeria Lauter, lead instrument scientist on the magnetism reflectometer at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), who collaborated on the experiment. The researchers discovered that the conductivity of such materials is improved when an organic polymer semiconductor layer is placed between the magnetic materials. Organic semiconductors are now the material of choice for future spin valve devices because they preserve spin coherence over longer times and distances than conventional semiconductors. While research into spin valves has been ongoing, research into organic semiconductors is recent. Previous research has shown that a 'conductivity mismatch' exists in spin valve systems in which ferromagnetic metal electrodes interface with such organic semiconductors as Alq3 ({pi}-conjugated molecule tris(8-hydroxy-quinoline) aluminium). This mismatch limits the efficient injection of the electrons from the electrodes at the interface with the semiconductor material. However, lithium fluoride (LiF), commonly used in light-emitting diodes, has

  12. Accurate and efficient spin integration for particle accelerators

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    Abell, Dan T.; Meiser, Dominic; Ranjbar, Vahid H.; ...

    2015-02-01

    Accurate spin tracking is a valuable tool for understanding spin dynamics in particle accelerators and can help improve the performance of an accelerator. In this paper, we present a detailed discussion of the integrators in the spin tracking code GPUSPINTRACK. We have implemented orbital integrators based on drift-kick, bend-kick, and matrix-kick splits. On top of the orbital integrators, we have implemented various integrators for the spin motion. These integrators use quaternions and Romberg quadratures to accelerate both the computation and the convergence of spin rotations.We evaluate their performance and accuracy in quantitative detail for individual elements as well as formore » the entire RHIC lattice. We exploit the inherently data-parallel nature of spin tracking to accelerate our algorithms on graphics processing units.« less

  13. Evaluation of Injection Efficiency of Carbon Dioxide Using an Integrated Injection Well and Geologic Formation Numerical Simulation Scheme

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    Kihm, J.; Park, S.; Kim, J.; SNU CO2 GEO-SEQ TEAM

    2011-12-01

    A series of integrated injection well and geologic formation numerical simulations was performed to evaluate the injection efficiency of carbon dioxide using a multiphase thermo-hydrological numerical model. The numerical simulation results show that groundwater flow, carbon dioxide flow, and heat transport in both injection well and sandstone formation can be simultaneously analyzed, and thus the injection efficiency (i.e., injection rate and injectivity) of carbon dioxide can be quantitatively evaluated using the integrated injection well and geologic formation numerical simulation scheme. The injection rate and injectivity of carbon dioxide increase rapidly during the early period of time (about 10 days) and then increase slightly up to about 2.07 kg/s (equivalent to 0.065 Mton/year) and about 2.84 × 10-7 kg/s/Pa, respectively, until 10 years for the base case. The sensitivity test results show that the injection pressure and temperature of carbon dioxide at the wellhead have significant impacts on its injection rate and injectivity. The vertical profile of the fluid pressure in the injection well becomes almost a hydrostatical equilibrium state within 1 month for all the cases. The vertical profile of the fluid temperature in the injection well becomes a monotonously increasing profile with the depth due to isenthalpic or adiabatic compression within 6 months for all the cases. The injection rate of carbon dioxide increases linearly with the fluid pressure difference between the well bottom and the sandstone formation far from the injection well. In contrast, the injectivity of carbon dioxide varies unsystematically with the fluid pressure difference. On the other hand, the reciprocal of the kinematic viscosity of carbon dioxide at the well bottom has an excellent linear relationship with the injectivity of carbon dioxide. It indicates that the above-mentioned variation of the injectivity of carbon dioxide can be corrected using this linear relationship. The

  14. Spin thermoelectric efficiency across a normal-metal/ferromagnetic-insulator interface

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    Yan, Yonghong; Wu, Haifei; Jiang, Feng

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the spin and heat transport across a normal-metal/ferromagnetic-insulator (NM/FI) interface based on the s-d exchange model. Under a certain temperature gradient, the heat current carried by magnons partly flows into the metal, and is partly converted to spin power corresponding to spin current. We find that when the magnon dispersion of the FI (such as yttrium iron garnet) is quadratic, the conversion efficiency of heat current to spin power is about ηs ∼ 0.2ηC with ηC being the Carnot efficiency. The corresponding spin thermopower is roughly Ss ∼ 110 μ V / K . The efficiency and the spin thermopower can be enhanced by opening a gap via, for example, introducing a magnetic field. Effects of temperature in the presence of a gap and dimensionality are also discussed briefly.

  15. Spin injection from Fe into Si(001): Ab initio calculations and role of the Si complex band structure

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    Mavropoulos, Phivos

    2008-08-01

    We study the possibility of spin injection from Fe into Si(001), using the Schottky barrier at the Fe/Si contact as tunneling barrier. Our calculations are based on density-functional theory for the description of the electronic structure and on a Landauer-Büttiker approach for the current. The current-carrying states correspond to the six conduction-band minima (pockets) of Si, which, when projected on the (001) surface Brillouin zone (SBZ), form five conductance hot spots: one at the SBZ center and four symmetric satellites. The satellites yield a current polarization of about 50%, while the SBZ center can, under very low gate voltage, yield up to almost 100%, showing a zero-gate anomaly. This extremely high polarization is traced back to the symmetry mismatch of the minority-spin Fe wave functions to the conduction-band wave functions of Si at the SBZ center. The tunneling current is determined by the complex band structure of Si in the [001] direction, which shows qualitative differences compared to that of direct-gap semiconductors. Depending on the Fermi level position and Schottky barrier thickness, the complex band structure can cause the contribution of the satellites to be orders of magnitude higher or lower than the central contribution. Thus, by appropriate tuning of the interface properties, there is a possibility to cut off the satellite contribution and to reach high injection efficiency. Also, we find that a moderate strain of 0.5% along the [001] direction is sufficient to lift the degeneracy of the pockets so that only states at the zone center can carry current.

  16. Efficiency of free-energy calculations of spin lattices by spectral quantum algorithms

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    Master, Cyrus P.; Yamaguchi, Fumiko; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2003-03-01

    Ensemble quantum algorithms are well suited to calculate estimates of the energy spectra for spin-lattice systems. Based on the phase estimation algorithm, these algorithms efficiently estimate discrete Fourier coefficients of the density of states. Their efficiency in calculating the free energy per spin of general spin lattices to bounded error is examined. We find that the number of Fourier components required to bound the error in the free energy due to the broadening of the density of states scales polynomially with the number of spins in the lattice. However, the precision with which the Fourier components must be calculated is found to be an exponential function of the system size.

  17. Efficient Electrical Spin Readout of NV- Centers in Diamond

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    Hrubesch, Florian M.; Braunbeck, Georg; Stutzmann, Martin; Reinhard, Friedemann; Brandt, Martin S.

    2017-01-01

    Using pulsed photoionization the coherent spin manipulation and echo formation of ensembles of NV- centers in diamond are detected electrically, realizing contrasts of up to 17%. The underlying spin-dependent ionization dynamics are investigated experimentally and compared to Monte Carlo simulations. This allows the identification of the conditions optimizing contrast and sensitivity, which compare favorably with respect to optical detection.

  18. Probing the Spin Transfer Efficiency at Topological Insulator/Ferromagnetic Insulator Interfaces

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    Wang, Hailong; Kally, James; Lee, Joon Sue; Richardella, Anthony; Kempinger, Susan; Pan, Yu; Kamp, Eric; Samarth, Nitin; Liu, Tao; Chang, Houcheng; Wu, Mingzhong; Reifsnyder-Hickey, Danielle; Mkhoyan, Andre

    The development of next-generation spintronics devices has driven extensive studies of spin-charge conversion through measurement of the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) driven spin pumping of pure spin currents in ferromagnet/non-magnet bilayers. Topological insulators (TIs) such as the Bi-chalcogenides are naturally relevant in this context because the inherent spin-momentum ``locking'' in their surface states promises very efficient spin-charge conversion, although the first experimental studies have involved ferromagnetic metals that provide a shunting current path [e.g. Nature, 511,449 (2014)]. To circumvent the current shunting problem, we are growing and characterizing bilayers of TIs and the ferrimagnetic insulator Y3Fe5O12 (YIG). Here, we report measurements of FMR-driven spin pumping in TI/YIG bilayers, showing robust spin pumping signals at room temperature. Analysis of the ISHE voltages and FMR linewidth broadening show that, as in other studies of spin pumping into TIs [Nano Lett., 15 (10) (2015)], the interface condition presents a critical challenge for enhancing the spin conversion efficiency in these devices. Funded by C-SPIN/SRC/DARPA and ONR.

  19. Abnormal bias dependence of magnetoresistance in CoFeB/MgO/Si spin-injection tunnel contacts

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    Park, June-Young; Park, Byong-Guk; Baek, Seung-heon Chris; Park, Seung-Young; Jo, Younghun

    2015-11-02

    We report a strong bias voltage dependence of magnetoresistance (MR) in CoFeB/MgO/Si spin-injection tunnel contacts using the three-terminal Hanle geometry. When a bias voltage is relatively large, the MR is composed of two characteristic signals: a conventional Hanle signal observed at a low magnetic field, which is due to the precession of injected spins, and another signal originating from the rotation of the magnetization at a larger magnetic field. In contrast, for a small bias voltage, additional signals appear at a wide range of magnetic fields, which occasionally overwhelms the conventional Hanle signals. Because the additional signals are pronounced at a low bias and are significantly reduced by annealing at moderate temperatures, they can be attributed to multi-step tunneling via defect states at the interfaces or tunnel barrier. Our results demonstrate that the spin injection signal caused by the defect states can be evaluated by its bias voltage dependence.

  20. Electrical spin injection in modulation-doped GaAs from an in situ grown Fe/MgO layer

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    Shim, Seong Hoon; Kim, Hyung-jun; Koo, Hyun Cheol; Lee, Yun-Hi; Chang, Joonyeon

    2015-09-07

    We study spin accumulation in n-doped GaAs that were electrically injected from Fe via MgO using three-terminal Hanle measurement. The Fe/MgO/GaAs structures were prepared in a cluster molecular beam epitaxy that did not require the breaking of the vacuum. We found the crystal orientation relationship of epitaxial structures Fe[100]//MgO[110]//GaAs[110] without evident defects at the interface. Control of depletion width and interface resistance by means of modulation doping improves spin injection, leading to enhanced spin voltage (ΔV) of 6.3 mV at 10 K and 0.8 mV even at 400 K. The extracted spin lifetime and spin diffusion length of GaAs are 220 ps and 0.77 μm, respectively, at 200 K. MgO tunnel barrier grown in situ with modulation doping at the interface appears to be promising for spin injection into GaAs.

  1. Electrical injection and detection of spin-polarized currents in topological insulator Bi2Te2Se.

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    Tian, Jifa; Miotkowski, Ireneusz; Hong, Seokmin; Chen, Yong P

    2015-09-22

    Topological insulators (TIs) are an unusual phase of quantum matter with nontrivial spin-momentum-locked topological surface states (TSS). The electrical detection of spin-momentum-locking of TSS has been lacking till very recently. Many of the results are from samples with significant bulk conduction, such as Bi2Se3, where it can be challenging to separate the surface and bulk contribution to the spin signal. Here, we report spin potentiometric measurements in flakes exfoliated from bulk insulating Bi2Te2Se crystals, using two outside nonmagnetic contacts for driving a DC spin helical current and a middle ferromagnetic (FM)-Al2O3 contact for detecting spin polarization. The voltage measured by the FM electrode exhibits a hysteretic step-like change when sweeping an in-plane magnetic field between opposite directions along the easy axis of the FM contact. Importantly, the direction of the voltage change can be reversed by reversing the direction of current, and the amplitude of the change as measured by the difference in the detector voltage between opposite FM magnetization increases linearly with increasing current, consistent with the current-induced spin polarization of spin-momentum-locked TSS. Our work directly demonstrates the electrical injection and detection of spin polarization in TI and may enable utilization of TSS for applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics.

  2. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Spin-Polarized Carriers Injection from Ferromagnetic Metal into Organic Semiconductor

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    Qiao, Shi-Zhu; Zhao, Jun-Qing; Jia, Zhen-Feng; Zhang, Tian-You

    2010-10-01

    Charge carriers in organic semiconductor are different from that of traditional inorganic semiconductor. Based on three-current model, considering electrical field effect, we present a theoretical model to discuss spin-polarized injection from ferromagnetic electrode into organic semiconductor by analyzing electrochemical potential both in ferromagnetic electrode and organic semiconductors. The calculated result of this model shows effects of electrode's spin polarization, equilibrium value of polarons ratio, interfacial conductance, bulk conductivity of materials and electrical field. It is found that we could get decent spin polarization with common ferromagnetic electrode by increasing equilibrium value of polarons ratio. We also find that large and matched bulk conductivity of organic semiconductor and electrode, small spin-dependent interfacial conductance, and enough large electrical field are critical factors for increasing spin polarization.

  3. Spin injection and detection in p-Si channel using highly spin polarized Heusler alloy Co45Ni5Cr25Al25/MgO tunnel contact

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    Kar, Uddipta; Panda, J.; Nath, T. K.

    2017-05-01

    Spin injection and detection in non magnetic p-Si semiconductor have been studied in details in Co45Ni5Cr25Al25(CNCA)/MgO/p-Si heterojunction fabricated using Electron Beam Evaporation (EBE) technique. The 3-terminal tunnel contacts in Hanle geometry have been made on the device for transport measurements. The current-voltage characteristics of the junction shows excellent rectifying magnetic diode like behaviour in lower temperature range (below 200 K). The spin accumulation in non magnetic p-Si semiconductor has been observed at different bias current under the applied magnetic field parallel to the film plane in the temperature range of 30-300 K. The Hanle effect is used to control the reduction of spin accumulation by applying magnetic field perpendicular to the carrier spin in the p-Si. The accumulated spin decaying as a function of applied magnetic field for fixed bias current has been recorded. The spin life time (67 pS) and spin diffusion length (227 nm) have been estimated of the heterostructure at 250 K.

  4. Spin injection and inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Song, Qi; Mi, Jian; Zhao, Dan; Su, Tang; Yuan, Wei; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Wu, Tao; Chen, Xian Hui; Xie, X. C.; Zhang, Chi; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-11-11

    There has been considerable interest in exploiting the spin degrees of freedom of electrons for potential information storage and computing technologies. Topological insulators (TIs), a class of quantum materials, have special gapless edge/surface states, where the spin polarization of the Dirac fermions is locked to the momentum direction. This spin–momentum locking property gives rise to very interesting spin-dependent physical phenomena such as the Edelstein and inverse Edelstein effects. However, the spin injection in pure surface states of TI is very challenging because of the coexistence of the highly conducting bulk states. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the spin injection and observe the inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of a topological Kondo insulator, SmB6. At low temperatures when only surface carriers are present, a clear spin signal is observed. Moreover, the magnetic field angle dependence of the spin signal is consistent with spin–momentum locking property of surface states of SmB6.

  5. Spin injection and inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Song, Qi; Mi, Jian; Zhao, Dan; ...

    2016-11-11

    There has been considerable interest in exploiting the spin degrees of freedom of electrons for potential information storage and computing technologies. Topological insulators (TIs), a class of quantum materials, have special gapless edge/surface states, where the spin polarization of the Dirac fermions is locked to the momentum direction. This spin–momentum locking property gives rise to very interesting spin-dependent physical phenomena such as the Edelstein and inverse Edelstein effects. However, the spin injection in pure surface states of TI is very challenging because of the coexistence of the highly conducting bulk states. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the spin injection and observemore » the inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of a topological Kondo insulator, SmB6. At low temperatures when only surface carriers are present, a clear spin signal is observed. Moreover, the magnetic field angle dependence of the spin signal is consistent with spin–momentum locking property of surface states of SmB6.« less

  6. Spin injection and detection in lanthanum- and niobium-doped SrTiO3 using the Hanle technique.

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    Han, Wei; Jiang, Xin; Kajdos, Adam; Yang, See-Hun; Stemmer, Susanne; Parkin, Stuart S P

    2013-01-01

    There has been much interest in the injection and detection of spin-polarized carriers in semiconductors for the purposes of developing novel spintronic devices. Here we report the electrical injection and detection of spin-polarized carriers into Nb-doped strontium titanate single crystals and La-doped strontium titanate epitaxial thin films using MgO tunnel barriers and the three-terminal Hanle technique. Spin lifetimes of up to ~100 ps are measured at room temperature and vary little as the temperature is decreased to low temperatures. However, the mobility of the strontium titanate has a strong temperature dependence. This behaviour and the carrier doping dependence of the spin lifetime suggest that the spin lifetime is limited by spin-dependent scattering at the MgO/strontium titanate interfaces, perhaps related to the formation of doping induced Ti(3+). Our results reveal a severe limitation of the three-terminal Hanle technique for measuring spin lifetimes within the interior of the subject material.

  7. Spin injection and inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of topological Kondo insulator SmB6

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    Song, Qi; Mi, Jian; Zhao, Dan; Su, Tang; Yuan, Wei; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Wu, Tao; Chen, Xian Hui; Xie, X. C.; Zhang, Chi; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-01-01

    There has been considerable interest in exploiting the spin degrees of freedom of electrons for potential information storage and computing technologies. Topological insulators (TIs), a class of quantum materials, have special gapless edge/surface states, where the spin polarization of the Dirac fermions is locked to the momentum direction. This spin–momentum locking property gives rise to very interesting spin-dependent physical phenomena such as the Edelstein and inverse Edelstein effects. However, the spin injection in pure surface states of TI is very challenging because of the coexistence of the highly conducting bulk states. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the spin injection and observe the inverse Edelstein effect in the surface states of a topological Kondo insulator, SmB6. At low temperatures when only surface carriers are present, a clear spin signal is observed. Furthermore, the magnetic field angle dependence of the spin signal is consistent with spin–momentum locking property of surface states of SmB6. PMID:27834378

  8. Efficient Cluster Algorithm for Spin Glasses in Any Space Dimension

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    Zhu, Zheng; Ochoa, Andrew J.; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2015-08-01

    Spin systems with frustration and disorder are notoriously difficult to study, both analytically and numerically. While the simulation of ferromagnetic statistical mechanical models benefits greatly from cluster algorithms, these accelerated dynamics methods remain elusive for generic spin-glass-like systems. Here, we present a cluster algorithm for Ising spin glasses that works in any space dimension and speeds up thermalization by at least one order of magnitude at temperatures where thermalization is typically difficult. Our isoenergetic cluster moves are based on the Houdayer cluster algorithm for two-dimensional spin glasses and lead to a speedup over conventional state-of-the-art methods that increases with the system size. We illustrate the benefits of the isoenergetic cluster moves in two and three space dimensions, as well as the nonplanar chimera topology found in the D-Wave Inc. quantum annealing machine.

  9. Efficient spin-spin scalar coupling mediated C-13 homonuclear polarization transfer in biological solids without proton decoupling.

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    Mou, Yun; Chao, John Chin Hao; Chan, Jerry C C

    2006-06-01

    We demonstrate that an efficient C' <--> C alpha polarization transfer based on J-coupling can be realized under fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) condition without 1H decoupling. Experimental results are presented for model crystalline compounds as well as a non-crystalline 17-residue polypeptide MB(i + 4)EK. Measurements on MB(i + 4)EK demonstrate that 53% of the initial C' polarization was transferred to the cross peaks at 7.05 T under 25 kHz MAS spinning.

  10. Highly polarized emission from electrical spin injection into an InGaAs quantum well with free carriers

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    Li, C. H.; Jonker, B. T.; Kioseoglou, G.; Petrou, A.; Korkusinski, M.; Hawrylak, P.

    2013-11-18

    We report on a highly polarized emission from InGaAs/GaAs-quantum well light-emitting diodes in which we inject spin-polarized electrons from an Fe/Schottky contact. The emission spectra consist of the e{sub 1}h{sub 1} free exciton (FX) and a feature 12 meV below FX attributed to band-to-band (BB) recombination. The FX exhibits a maximum circular polarization of 22%, with a magnetic-field dependence characteristic of spin injection from Fe. The BB emission on the other hand exhibits a polarization that is strongly bias and temperature dependent, with intriguing magnetic-field dependence: The polarization exhibits a maximum of 78% at 2.5 T and 2 K, then decreases linearly with field and reaches −78% at 7 T, attributed to magnetic-field dependent spin relaxation in the presence of excess electrons.

  11. Optimization of the multi-turn injection efficiency for a medical synchrotron

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    Kim, J.; Yoon, M.; Yim, H.

    2016-09-01

    We present a method for optimizing the multi-turn injection efficiency for a medical synchrotron. We show that for a given injection energy, the injection efficiency can be greatly enhanced by choosing transverse tunes appropriately and by optimizing the injection bump and the number of turns required for beam injection. We verify our study by applying the method to the Korea Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator (KHIMA) synchrotron which is currently being built at the campus of Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (DIRAMS) in Busan, Korea. First the frequency map analysis was performed with the help of the ELEGANT and the ACCSIM codes. The tunes that yielded good injection efficiency were then selected. With these tunes, the injection bump and the number of turns required for injection were then optimized by tracking a number of particles for up to one thousand turns after injection, beyond which no further beam loss occurred. Results for the optimization of the injection efficiency for proton ions are presented.

  12. Room temperature spin relaxation length in spin light-emitting diodes

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    Soldat, Henning; Li, Mingyuan; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.; Ludwig, Arne; Ebbing, Astrid; Reuter, Dirk; Wieck, Andreas D.; Stromberg, Frank; Keune, Werner; Wende, Heiko

    2011-08-01

    We investigate the spin relaxation length in GaAs spin light-emitting diode devices under drift transport at room temperature. The spin-polarised electrons are injected through a MgO tunnel barrier from a Fe/Tb multilayer in magnetic remanence. The decrease in circular polarization with increasing injection path length is investigated and found to be exponential, supporting drift-based transport. The spin relaxation length in our samples is 26 nm, and a lower bound for the spin injection efficiency at the spin injector/GaAs interface is estimated to be 25 ± 2%.

  13. Efficiency of nonspinning templates in gravitational wave searches for aligned-spin binary black holes

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    Cho, Hee-Suk

    2016-12-01

    We study the efficiency of nonspinning waveform templates in gravitational wave searches for aligned-spin binary black holes (BBHs). We use PhenomD, which is the most recent phenomenological waveform model designed to generate the full inspiral-merger-ringdown waveforms emitted from BBHs with the spins aligned with the orbital angular momentum. Here, we treat the effect of aligned-spins with a single spin parameter χ . We consider the BBH signals with moderately small spins in the range of -0.4 ≤χ ≤0.4 . Using nonspinning templates, we calculate fitting factors of the aligned-spin signals in a wide mass range up to ˜100 M⊙. We find that the range in spin over which the nonspinning bank has fitting factors exceeding the threshold of 0.965 for all signals in our mass range is very narrow, i.e., -0.3 ≤χ ≤0 . The signals with negative spins can have higher fitting factors than those with positive spins. If χ =0.3 , only the highly asymmetric-mass signals can have the fitting factors exceeding the threshold, while the fitting factors for all of the signals can be larger than the threshold if χ =-0.3 . We demonstrate that the discrepancy between the regions of a positive and a negative spin is due to the physical boundary (η ≤0.25 ) of the template parameter space. In conclusion, we emphasize the necessity of an aligned-spin template bank in the current Advanced LIGO searches for aligned-spin BBHs. We also show that the recovered mass parameters can be significantly biased from the true parameters.

  14. Search for effective spin injection heterostructures based on half-metal Heusler alloys/gallium arsenide semiconductors: A theoretical investigation

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    Sivakumar, Chockalingam

    Efficient electrical spin injection from half-metal (HM) electrodes into semiconducting (SC) channel material is a desirable aspect in spintronics, but a challenging one. Half-metals based on the Heusler alloy family are promising candidates as spin sources due to their compatibility with compound SCs, and very high Curie temperatures. Numerous efforts were made in the past two decades to grow atomically abrupt interfaces between HM_Heusler and SC heterostructures. However, diffusion of magnetic impurities into the semiconductor, defects and disorder near the interface, and formation of reacted phases were great challenges. A number of theoretical efforts were undertaken to understand the role of such material defects in destroying the half-metallicity and also to propose promising half-metal/SC heterostructures based on first principles. This dissertation summarizes the investigations undertaken to decode the complexity of, and to understand the various physical properties of, a number of real-world Heusler/SC heterostructure samples, based on the ab initio density functional theory (DFT) approach. In addition, it summarizes various results from the first principles-based search for promising half-metal/SC heterostructures. First, I present results from DFT-based predictive models of actual Co 2MnSi (CMS)/GaAs heterostructures grown in (001) texture. I investigate the physical, chemical, electronic, and magnetic properties to understand the complexity of these structures and to pinpoint the origin of interfacial effects, when present. Based on the investigations of such models, I discuss the utility of those actual samples in spintronic applications. Next, I summarise the results from an ab initio DFT-based survey of 6 half-Heusler half-metal/GaAs heterostructure models in (110) texture, since compound semiconductors such as GaAs have very long spin lifetime in (110) layering. I show 3 half-Heusler alloys (CoVAs, NiMnAs, and RhFeGe), that when interfaced with Ga

  15. Critical current and linewidth reduction in spin-torque nano-oscillators by delayed self-injection

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    Khalsa, Guru Stiles, M. D.; Grollier, J.

    2015-06-15

    Based on theoretical models, the dynamics of spin-torque nano-oscillators can be substantially modified by re-injecting the emitted signal to the input of the oscillator after some delay. Numerical simulations for vortex magnetic tunnel junctions show that with reasonable parameters this approach can decrease critical currents as much as 25% and linewidths by a factor of 4. Analytical calculations, which agree well with simulations, demonstrate that these results can be generalized to any kind of spin-torque oscillator.

  16. Bias induced up to 100% spin-injection and detection polarizations in ferromagnet/bilayer-hBN/graphene/hBN heterostructures.

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    Gurram, M; Omar, S; Wees, B J van

    2017-08-15

    We study spin transport in a fully hBN encapsulated monolayer-graphene van der Waals heterostructure at room temperature. A top-layer of bilayer-hBN is used as a tunnel barrier for spin-injection and detection in graphene with ferromagnetic cobalt electrodes. We report surprisingly large and bias-induced (differential) spin-injection (detection) polarizations up to 50% (135%) at a positive voltage bias of + 0.6 V, as well as sign inverted polarizations up to -70% (-60%) at a reverse bias of -0.4 V. This demonstrates the potential of bilayer-hBN tunnel barriers for practical graphene spintronics applications. With such enhanced spin-injection and detection polarizations, we report a record two-terminal (inverted) spin-valve signals up to 800 Ω with a magnetoresistance ratio of 2.7%, and achieve spin accumulations up to 4.1 meV. We propose how these numbers can be increased further, for future technologically relevant graphene based spintronic devices.In 2D spin-valve devices, effective spin injection and detection can be potentially realised combining graphene with an ideal hBN tunnel barrier. Here, the authors report that a bilayer hBN tunnel barrier allows up to 100% spin-injection and detection in a fully hBN-encapsulated graphene heterostructure.

  17. Efficient spin injector scheme based on Heusler materials.

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    Chadov, Stanislav; Graf, Tanja; Chadova, Kristina; Dai, Xuefang; Casper, Frederick; Fecher, Gerhard H; Felser, Claudia

    2011-07-22

    We present a rational design scheme intended to provide stable high spin polarization at the interfaces of the magnetoresistive junctions by fulfilling the criteria of structural and chemical compatibilities at the interface. This can be realized by joining the semiconducting and half-metallic Heusler materials with similar structures. The present first-principles calculations verify that the interface remains half-metallic if the nearest interface layers effectively form a stable Heusler material with the properties intermediately between the surrounding bulk parts. This leads to a simple rule for selecting the proper combinations.

  18. Efficient room-temperature nuclear spin hyperpolarization of a defect atom in a semiconductor.

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    Puttisong, Y; Wang, X J; Buyanova, I A; Geelhaar, L; Riechert, H; Ptak, A J; Tu, C W; Chen, W M

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear spin hyperpolarization is essential to future solid-state quantum computation using nuclear spin qubits and in highly sensitive magnetic resonance imaging. Though efficient dynamic nuclear polarization in semiconductors has been demonstrated at low temperatures for decades, its realization at room temperature is largely lacking. Here we demonstrate that a combined effect of efficient spin-dependent recombination and hyperfine coupling can facilitate strong dynamic nuclear polarization of a defect atom in a semiconductor at room temperature. We provide direct evidence that a sizeable nuclear field (~150 Gauss) and nuclear spin polarization (~15%) sensed by conduction electrons in GaNAs originates from dynamic nuclear polarization of a Ga interstitial defect. We further show that the dynamic nuclear polarization process is remarkably fast and is completed in <5 μs at room temperature. The proposed new concept could pave a way to overcome a major obstacle in achieving strong dynamic nuclear polarization at room temperature, desirable for practical device applications.

  19. Bulk inversion asymmetry enhancement of polarization efficiency in nonmagnetic resonant-tunneling spin filters

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    Ting, David Z.-Y.; Cartoixà, Xavier

    2003-12-01

    We analyze the effect of bulk inversion asymmetry (BIA) on the efficiency of nonmagnetic heterostructure resonant tunneling spin filters grown along [001]. We show that when only structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) is taken into account, the theoretical upper limit of current spin polarization for the Rashba effect resonant tunneling spin filter with a one-sided collector geometry is 2/π(≈63.7%), independent of the direction of the one-sided collector. When both SIA and BIA effects are included, we can significantly enhance or degrade current spin polarization from the SIA-only value by varying the collection angle, with the best and worst directions, respectively, being [110] and [11¯0] (or vice versa, depending on the relative sign between the SIA and BIA coefficients). We can similarly improve the spin filtering efficiency of Rashba effect resonant tunneling spin filters that rely on the use of a lateral electric field in the emitter region to induce spin polarization, simply by applying the field along [110] (or [11¯0]).

  20. Spin injection and diffusion in silicon based devices from a space charge layer

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    Ghosh, Joydeep Sverdlov, Viktor; Windbacher, Thomas; Selberherr, Siegfried

    2014-05-07

    We have performed simulations on electron spin transport in an n-doped silicon bar with spin-dependent conductivity with or without the presence of an external electric field. We further consider three cases like charge neutrality, charge accumulation, and charge depletion at one boundary and found substantial differences in the spin transport behavior. The criteria determining the maximum spin current are investigated. The physical reason behind the transport behavior is explained.

  1. Switching efficiency improvement in spin torque majority gates

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    Nikonov, Dmitri E. Manipatruni, Sasikanth; Young, Ian A.

    2014-05-07

    Spin torque majority gate (STMG) is one of the promising options for beyond complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor logic. Improvement of its performance—switching speed vs. required current—is critical for its competitiveness. In this paper, (a) we identify an optimized layout of the gate comprised of thin magnetic wires with in-plane magnetization; (b) we optimize geometries of perpendicular magnetization spin torque majority gates. Micromagnetic simulations demonstrate an improvement in switching current for in-plane magnetization (with less than 1 ns switching time) from 6 mA in the original scheme to 1.5 mA in the present one. Additionally, failures of switching caused by vortex formation are eliminated and desired output magnetization is achieved. Various geometries of STMG with perpendicular magnetization are explored. The scheme with a straight cross proves to be the most advantageous. It is predicted to operate with the switching current of 50 μA and less than 4 ns switching time.

  2. Circular polarization switching and bistability in an optically injected 1300 nm spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S. Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Hurtado, A.; Korpijarvi, V.-M.; Guina, M.

    2015-01-12

    We report the experimental observation of circular polarization switching (PS) and polarization bistability (PB) in a 1300 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). We demonstrate that the circularly polarized optical signal at 1300 nm can gradually or abruptly switch the polarization ellipticity of the spin-VCSEL from right-to-left circular polarization and vice versa. Moreover, different forms of PS and PB between right- and left-circular polarizations are observed by controlling the injection strength and the initial wavelength detuning. These results obtained at the telecom wavelength of 1300 nm open the door for novel uses of spin-VCSELs in polarization sensitive applications in future optical systems.

  3. [Techniques to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of injections of the face in aesthetic medicine].

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    Manfrédi, P-R; Hersant, B; Bosc, R; Noel, W; Meningaud, J-P

    2016-02-01

    The common principle of injections in esthetic medicine is to treat and to prevent the signs of aging with minimal doses and with more precision and efficiency. This relies on functional, histological, ultrasound or electromyographic analysis of the soft tissues and of the mechanisms of facial skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, hollows). These injections may be done with hyaluronic acid (HA) and botulinum toxin. The aim of this technical note was to present four delivery techniques allowing for more precision and low doses of product. The techniques of "vacuum", "interpores" and "blanching" will be addressed for HA injection and the concept of "Face Recurve" for botulinum toxin injection.

  4. Optimization and modeling studies for obtaining high injection efficiency at the Advanced Photon Source.

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    Emery, L.; APS Operations Division

    2005-01-01

    In recent years, the optics of the Advanced Photon Source storage ring has evolved to a lower equilibrium emittance (2.5 nm-rad) at the cost of stronger sextupoles and stronger nonlinearities, which have reduced the injection efficiency from the virtual 100% of the high emittance mode. Over the years we have developed a series of optimizations, measurements, and modeling studies of the injection process, which allows us to obtain or maintain low injection losses. The above will be described along with the injection configuration.

  5. Efficient coupling of starlight into single mode photonics using Adaptive Injection (AI)

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    Norris, Barnaby; Cvetojevic, Nick; Gross, Simon; Arriola, Alexander; Tuthill, Peter; Lawrence, Jon; Richards, Samuel; Goodwin, Michael; Zheng, Jessica

    2016-08-01

    Using single-mode fibres in astronomy enables revolutionary techniques including single-mode interferometry and spectroscopy. However, injection of seeing-limited starlight into single mode photonics is extremely difficult. One solution is Adaptive Injection (AI). The telescope pupil is segmented into a number of smaller subapertures each with size r0, such that seeing can be approximated as a single tip / tilt / piston term for each subaperture, and then injected into a separate fibre via a facet of a segmented MEMS deformable mirror. The injection problem is then reduced to a set of individual tip tilt loops, resulting in high overall coupling efficiency.

  6. Exploring the limits of polarization transfer efficiency in homonuclear three spin systems.

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    Neves, Jorge L; Heitmann, Björn; Reiss, Timo O; Schor, Heloiza H R; Khaneja, Navin; Glaser, Steffen J

    2006-07-01

    The limits of polarization transfer efficiency are explored for systems consisting of three isotropically coupled spins 1/2 in the absence of relaxation. An idealized free evolution and control Hamiltonian is studied, which provides an upper limit of transfer efficiency (in terms of transfer amplitude and transfer time) for realistic homonuclear spin systems with arbitrary Heisenberg-type coupling constants J12, J13, and J23. It is shown that optimal control based pulse sequences have significantly improved transfer efficiencies compared to conventional transfer schemes. An experimental demonstration of optimal polarization transfer is given for the case of the carbon spin system of fully 13C labelled alanine at 62.5 MHz Larmor frequency.

  7. Spin-torque switching efficiency in CoFeB-MgO based tunnel junctions

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    Sun, J. Z.; Brown, S. L.; Chen, W.; Delenia, E. A.; Gaidis, M. C.; Harms, J.; Hu, G.; Jiang, Xin; Kilaru, R.; Kula, W.; Lauer, G.; Liu, L. Q.; Murthy, S.; Nowak, J.; O'Sullivan, E. J.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Robertazzi, R. P.; Rice, P. M.; Sandhu, G.; Topuria, T.; Worledge, D. C.

    2013-09-01

    It is convenient to define the spin-torque switching efficiency in nanostructured magnetic tunnel junctions as the ratio between the free-layers thermal activation barrier height Eb and the threshold switching current Ic0. Recent device exploration has led to occasional observations of spin-torque induced magnetic switching efficiency in magnetic tunnel junctions that exceeds the macrospin limit by a factor of 2-10. In this paper we examine the possible origins for such enhancement, and materials properties that may allow the full realization of such enhancements.

  8. Spin-neurons: A possible path to energy-efficient neuromorphic computers

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    Sharad, Mrigank; Fan, Deliang; Roy, Kaushik

    2013-12-01

    Recent years have witnessed growing interest in the field of brain-inspired computing based on neural-network architectures. In order to translate the related algorithmic models into powerful, yet energy-efficient cognitive-computing hardware, computing-devices beyond CMOS may need to be explored. The suitability of such devices to this field of computing would strongly depend upon how closely their physical characteristics match with the essential computing primitives employed in such models. In this work, we discuss the rationale of applying emerging spin-torque devices for bio-inspired computing. Recent spin-torque experiments have shown the path to low-current, low-voltage, and high-speed magnetization switching in nano-scale magnetic devices. Such magneto-metallic, current-mode spin-torque switches can mimic the analog summing and "thresholding" operation of an artificial neuron with high energy-efficiency. Comparison with CMOS-based analog circuit-model of a neuron shows that "spin-neurons" (spin based circuit model of neurons) can achieve more than two orders of magnitude lower energy and beyond three orders of magnitude reduction in energy-delay product. The application of spin-neurons can therefore be an attractive option for neuromorphic computers of future.

  9. Spin-neurons: A possible path to energy-efficient neuromorphic computers

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    Sharad, Mrigank; Fan, Deliang; Roy, Kaushik

    2013-12-21

    Recent years have witnessed growing interest in the field of brain-inspired computing based on neural-network architectures. In order to translate the related algorithmic models into powerful, yet energy-efficient cognitive-computing hardware, computing-devices beyond CMOS may need to be explored. The suitability of such devices to this field of computing would strongly depend upon how closely their physical characteristics match with the essential computing primitives employed in such models. In this work, we discuss the rationale of applying emerging spin-torque devices for bio-inspired computing. Recent spin-torque experiments have shown the path to low-current, low-voltage, and high-speed magnetization switching in nano-scale magnetic devices. Such magneto-metallic, current-mode spin-torque switches can mimic the analog summing and “thresholding” operation of an artificial neuron with high energy-efficiency. Comparison with CMOS-based analog circuit-model of a neuron shows that “spin-neurons” (spin based circuit model of neurons) can achieve more than two orders of magnitude lower energy and beyond three orders of magnitude reduction in energy-delay product. The application of spin-neurons can therefore be an attractive option for neuromorphic computers of future.

  10. Temperature-dependent spin injection dynamics in InGaAs/GaAs quantum well-dot tunnel-coupled nanostructures

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    Chen, S. L. Takayama, J.; Murayama, A.; Kiba, T.; Yang, X. J.

    2016-03-21

    Time-resolved optical spin orientation spectroscopy was employed to investigate the temperature-dependent electron spin injection in In{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.9}As quantum well (QW) and In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As quantum dots (QDs) tunnel-coupled nanostructures with 4, 6, and 8 nm-thick GaAs barriers. The fast picosecond-ranged spin injection from QW to QD excited states (ES) was observed to speed up with temperature, as induced by pronounced longitudinal-optical (LO)-phonon-involved multiple scattering process, which contributes to a thermally stable and almost fully spin-conserving injection within 5–180 K. The LO-phonon coupling was also found to cause accelerated electron spin relaxation of QD ES at elevated temperature, mainly via hyperfine interaction with random nuclear field.

  11. Efficient Excitation of High-Frequency Exchange-Dominated Spin Waves in Periodic Ferromagnetic Structures

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    Navabi, Aryan; Chen, Cai; Barra, Anthony; Yazdani, Mohsen; Yu, Guoqiang; Montazeri, Mohammad; Aldosary, Mohammed; Li, Junxue; Wong, Kin; Hu, Qi; Shi, Jing; Carman, Gregory P.; Sepulveda, Abdon E.; Khalili Amiri, Pedram; Wang, Kang L.

    2017-03-01

    Spin waves are of great interest as an emerging solution for computing beyond the limitations of scaled transistor technology. In such applications, the frequency of the spin waves is important as it affects the overall frequency performance of the resulting devices. In conventional ferromagnetic thin films, the magnetization dynamics in ferromagnetic resonance and spin waves are limited by the saturation magnetization of the ferromagnetic (FM) material and the external bias field. High-frequency applications would require high external magnetic fields which limit the practicality in a realistic device. One solution is to couple microwave excitations to perpendicular standing spin waves (PSSWs) which can enable higher oscillation frequencies. However, efficient coupling to these modes remains a challenge since it requires an excitation that is nonuniform across the FM material thickness and current methods have proven to be inefficient, resulting in weak excitations. Here, we show that by creating periodic undulations in a 100-nm-thick Co40Fe40B20 layer, high-frequency PSSWs (>20 GHz ) can be efficiently excited using micrometer-sized transducers at bias fields below 100 Oe which absorb nearly 10% of the input rf power. Efficient excitation of such spin waves at low fields may enable high-frequency spintronic applications using exchange-dominated magnetic oscillations using very low external magnetic fields and, with design optimizations, can bring about alternative possibilities in the field.

  12. Efficient spin transfer torque in La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} nanostructures

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    Foerster, Michael; Peña, Luis; Finizio, Simone; Schulz, Tomek; Bisig, André; Vaz, C. A. F.; Heinen, Jan; Büttner, Felix; Eisebitt, Stefan; Méchin, Laurence; and others

    2014-02-17

    We carry out low temperature magnetotransport measurements on nanostructured La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} wires to study the interaction between spin-polarized current and magnetization in this half metallic material. We selectively position domain walls by applying external fields. The domain wall resistance is found to be positive, in contrast to conventional 3d metals. The depinning field is reduced when current pulses are injected into the wire. By comparing measurements for both current polarities, we can disentangle heating and spin transfer torque effects. The determined spin transfer torque efficiency is of the order of 4 × 10{sup −14} Tm{sup 2}/A, which is significantly higher than in permalloy.

  13. Effect of permeability heterogeneity on CO2 injectivity and sweep efficiency based on numerical simulations

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    Tian, Liang; Yang, Zhibing; Fagerlund, Fritjof; Niemi, Auli

    2015-04-01

    We study effect of geological heterogeneity on the injection of supercritical CO2 into a deep saline aquifer at the scale of a pilot test site, based on numerical modeling. The effect of heterogeneity on storage capacity is investigated by assessing the effect on sweep efficiency and on injectivity. Log-normally distributed random permeability fields characterized by their standard deviation (σ) and correlation length (λ) are generated and injection simulations conducted for each realization of the permeability fields with TOUGH2/ECO2N code. A range of injection pressures is tested as well. The results indicate that injectivity increases with the increased horizontal correlation length given that the vertical correlation length is fixed and significant inter-realization variation is seen when changing the standard deviation. Sweep efficiency is favored by smaller horizontal correlation length. For cases with increased standard deviation, the sweep efficiency shows significant inter-realization variability. Finally, it can be shown that both sweep efficiency and injectivity can be expressed as simple functions of medium heterogeneity characteristics, standard deviation (σ) and correlation length (λ).

  14. Efficient Synchronization of Dipolarly Coupled Vortex-Based Spin Transfer Nano-Oscillators

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    Locatelli, Nicolas; Hamadeh, Abbass; Abreu Araujo, Flavio; Belanovsky, Anatoly D.; Skirdkov, Petr N.; Lebrun, Romain; Naletov, Vladimir V.; Zvezdin, Konstantin A.; Muñoz, Manuel; Grollier, Julie; Klein, Olivier; Cros, Vincent; de Loubens, Grégoire

    2015-11-01

    Due to their nonlinear properties, spin transfer nano-oscillators can easily adapt their frequency to external stimuli. This makes them interesting model systems to study the effects of synchronization and brings some opportunities to improve their microwave characteristics in view of their applications in information and communication technologies and/or to design innovative computing architectures. So far, mutual synchronization of spin transfer nano-oscillators through propagating spinwaves and exchange coupling in a common magnetic layer has been demonstrated. Here we show that the dipolar interaction is also an efficient mechanism to synchronize neighbouring oscillators. We experimentally study a pair of vortex-based spin transfer nano-oscillators, in which mutual synchronization can be achieved despite a significant frequency mismatch between oscillators. Importantly, the coupling efficiency is controlled by the magnetic configuration of the vortices, as confirmed by an analytical model and micromagnetic simulations highlighting the physics at play in the synchronization process.

  15. Efficient Synchronization of Dipolarly Coupled Vortex-Based Spin Transfer Nano-Oscillators

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    Locatelli, Nicolas; Hamadeh, Abbass; Abreu Araujo, Flavio; Belanovsky, Anatoly D.; Skirdkov, Petr N.; Lebrun, Romain; Naletov, Vladimir V.; Zvezdin, Konstantin A.; Muñoz, Manuel; Grollier, Julie; Klein, Olivier; Cros, Vincent; de Loubens, Grégoire

    2015-01-01

    Due to their nonlinear properties, spin transfer nano-oscillators can easily adapt their frequency to external stimuli. This makes them interesting model systems to study the effects of synchronization and brings some opportunities to improve their microwave characteristics in view of their applications in information and communication technologies and/or to design innovative computing architectures. So far, mutual synchronization of spin transfer nano-oscillators through propagating spinwaves and exchange coupling in a common magnetic layer has been demonstrated. Here we show that the dipolar interaction is also an efficient mechanism to synchronize neighbouring oscillators. We experimentally study a pair of vortex-based spin transfer nano-oscillators, in which mutual synchronization can be achieved despite a significant frequency mismatch between oscillators. Importantly, the coupling efficiency is controlled by the magnetic configuration of the vortices, as confirmed by an analytical model and micromagnetic simulations highlighting the physics at play in the synchronization process. PMID:26608230

  16. Critical clusters and efficient dynamics for frustrated spin models

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    Cataudella, V.; Franzese, G.; Nicodemi, M.; Scala, A.; Coniglio, A.

    1994-03-01

    A general method to find, in a systematic way, efficient Monte Carlo cluster dynamics among the vast class of dynamics introduced by Kandel et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 941 (1990)] is proposed. The method is successfully applied to a class of frustrated two-dimensional Ising systems. In the case of the fully frustrated model, we also find the intriguing result that critical clusters consist of self-avoiding walk at the θ point.

  17. High efficiency of the spin-orbit torques induced domain wall motion in asymmetric interfacial multilayered Tb/Co wires

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    Bang, Do; Awano, Hiroyuki

    2015-05-07

    We investigated current-induced DW motion in asymmetric interfacial multilayered Tb/Co wires for various thicknesses of magnetic and Pt-capping layers. It is found that the driving mechanism for the DW motion changes from interfacial to bulk effects at much thick magnetic layer (up to 19.8 nm). In thin wires, linearly depinning field dependence of critical current density and in-plane field dependence of DW velocity suggest that the extrinsic pinning governs field-induced DW motion and injecting current can be regarded as an effective field. It is expected that the high efficiency of spin-orbit torques in thick magnetic multilayers would have important implication for future spintronic devices based on in-plane current induced-DW motion or switching.

  18. High efficiency of the spin-orbit torques induced domain wall motion in asymmetric interfacial multilayered Tb/Co wires

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    Bang, Do; Awano, Hiroyuki

    2015-05-01

    We investigated current-induced DW motion in asymmetric interfacial multilayered Tb/Co wires for various thicknesses of magnetic and Pt-capping layers. It is found that the driving mechanism for the DW motion changes from interfacial to bulk effects at much thick magnetic layer (up to 19.8 nm). In thin wires, linearly depinning field dependence of critical current density and in-plane field dependence of DW velocity suggest that the extrinsic pinning governs field-induced DW motion and injecting current can be regarded as an effective field. It is expected that the high efficiency of spin-orbit torques in thick magnetic multilayers would have important implication for future spintronic devices based on in-plane current induced-DW motion or switching.

  19. Interfacial, electrical, and spin-injection properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}MnGa grown on GaAs(100)

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    Damsgaard, C. D.; Hickey, M. C.; Holmes, S. N.; Feidenhans'l, R.; Mariager, S. O.; Jacobsen, C. S.; Hansen, J. B.

    2009-06-15

    The interfacial, electrical, and magnetic properties of the Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}MnGa grown epitaxially on GaAs(100) are presented with an emphasis on the use of this metal-semiconductor combination for a device that operates on the principles of spin-injection between the two materials. Through systematic growth optimization the stoichiometry in the bulk Co{sub 2}MnGa can be controlled to better than +-2%, although the interface is disordered and limits the spin-injection efficiency in a practical spintronic device irrespective of the half-metallic nature of the bulk metal. Molecular beam epitaxial growth was monitored in situ by reflection high energy electron diffraction and the bulk composition was measured ex situ with inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. The Co{sub 2}MnGa L2{sub 1} cubic structure is strained below a thickness of 20 nm on GaAs(100) but relaxed in films thicker than 20 nm. Electrical measurements on the Co{sub 2}MnGa reveal general characteristics of a disordered electron system with insulating behavior for layer thicknesses <4 nm. Thicker layers show a negative magnetoresistance with extraordinary Hall effect constants up to 30 OMEGA T{sup -1}. Spin polarization transfer across the interface between Co{sub 2}MnGa and GaAs is approximately 6.4% at 5 K in the current of a GaAs p-i-n diode even with compositional disorder at the interface.

  20. Efficient Modulation of Spin Waves in Two-Dimensional Octagonal Magnonic Crystal.

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    Choudhury, Samiran; Barman, Saswati; Otani, YoshiChika; Barman, Anjan

    2017-08-14

    Efficient tunability of magnonic spectra is demonstrated in two-dimensional ferromagnetic antidot lattices with different lattice constants arranged in the octagonal lattice which can be considered as quasi-periodic magnonic crystals due to the presence of broken translational symmetry. The precessional dynamics of these samples are investigated in the frequency domain with the help of broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectrometer. A rich variation in the spin wave spectra is observed with the variation of lattice constant as well as the strength and orientation of the bias magnetic field. A broad band of spin wave modes are observed for the denser array, which finally converges to two spin wave modes for the sparsest one. In addition to this, the most intense spin wave frequency shows an 8-fold anisotropy with a superposition of weak 4- and 2-fold anisotropy, which arises due to the angular variation of the magnetostatic field distribution at different regions of the octagonal lattice. Micromagnetic simulations qualitatively reproduce the experimentally observed modes, and the simulated mode profiles reveal the presence of different types of extended and quantized standing spin wave modes in these samples. The observations are important for the tunable and anisotropic propagation of spin waves in magnonic crystal based devices.

  1. Spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnetic textures: Efficiency and quantification method

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    Yamane, Yuta; Ieda, Jun'ichi; Sinova, Jairo

    2016-08-01

    We formulate a theory of spin-transfer torques in textured antiferromagnets, which covers the small to large limits of the exchange coupling energy relative to the kinetic energy of the intersublattice electron dynamics. Our theory suggests a natural definition of the efficiency of spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnets in terms of well-defined material parameters, revealing that the charge current couples predominantly to the antiferromagnetic order parameter and the sublattice-canting moment in, respectively, the limits of large and small exchange coupling. The effects can be quantified by analyzing the antiferromagnetic spin-wave dispersions in the presence of charge current: in the limit of large exchange coupling the spin-wave Doppler shift always occurs, whereas, in the opposite limit, the only spin-wave modes to react to the charge current are ones that carry a pronounced sublattice-canting moment. The findings offer a framework for understanding and designing spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnets belonging to different classes of sublattice structures such as, e.g., bipartite and layered antiferromagnets.

  2. High-efficiency organic electrophophorescent devices through balance of charge injection

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    Jabbour, G. E.; Wang, J.-F.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2002-03-01

    Balancing the charge injection plays an important role not only in fluorescence-based organic light-emitting devices, but also in the performance of the recently introduced organic electrophosphorescent devices. By achieving a better balance in the injected charges, it is possible to fabricate devices based on the pure red emitter 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18-octaethyl-21H, 23H-porphine, PtOEP, with external quantum efficiency close to 9%.

  3. On-demand superradiant conversion of atomic spin gratings into single photons with high efficiency.

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    Black, Adam T; Thompson, James K; Vuletić, Vladan

    2005-09-23

    We create quantized spin gratings by single-photon detection and convert them on demand into photons with retrieval efficiencies exceeding 40% (80%) for single (a few) quanta. We show that the collective conversion process, proceeding via superradiant emission into a moderate-finesse optical resonator, requires phase matching. The storage time of 3 micros in the cold-atom sample, as well as the peak retrieval efficiency, are likely limited by Doppler decoherence of the entangled state.

  4. Validation and Diagnostic Efficiency of the Mini-SPIN in Spanish-Speaking Adolescents

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    Garcia-Lopez, LuisJoaquín; Moore, Harry T. A.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is one of the most common mental disorders in adolescence. Many validated psychometric tools are available to diagnose individuals with SAD efficaciously. However, there is a demand for shortened self-report instruments that identify adolescents at risk of developing SAD. We validate the Mini-SPIN and its diagnostic efficiency in overcoming this problem in Spanish-speaking adolescents in Spain. Methods The psychometric properties of the 3-item Mini-SPIN scale for adolescents were assessed in a community (study 1) and clinical sample (study 2). Results Study 1 consisted of 573 adolescents, and found the Mini-SPIN to have appropriate internal consistency and high construct validity. Study 2 consisted of 354 adolescents (147 participants diagnosed with SAD and 207 healthy controls). Data revealed that the Mini-SPIN has good internal consistency, high construct validity and adequate diagnostic efficiency. Conclusions Our findings suggest that the Mini-SPIN has good psychometric properties on clinical and healthy control adolescents and general population, which indicates that it can be used as a screening tool in Spanish-speaking adolescents. Cut-off scores are provided. PMID:26317695

  5. Enhanced spin Hall torque efficiency in Pt100-xAlx and Pt100-xHfx alloys arising from the intrinsic spin Hall effect

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    Nguyen, Minh-Hai; Zhao, Mengnan; Ralph, D. C.; Buhrman, R. A.

    2016-06-01

    We report that the spin Hall torque generated by Pt can be enhanced substantially by alloying with Al or Hf. We observe damping-like spin torque efficiency per unit applied current density as high as ξDLj=0.23 ±0.02 , nearly twice the maximum value reported for pure Pt. To achieve this maximum efficiency, a very thin (0.5 nm) Pt spacer layer is inserted between the alloy and the ferromagnet being manipulated, to avoid a degraded spin transparency at the alloy/ferromagnet interface.

  6. Rhenium-phthalocyanine molecular nanojunction with high magnetic anisotropy and high spin filtering efficiency

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    Li, J.; Hu, J.; Wang, H.; Wu, R. Q.

    2015-07-20

    Using the density functional and non-equilibrium Green's function approaches, we studied the magnetic anisotropy and spin-filtering properties of various transition metal-Phthalocyanine molecular junctions across two Au electrodes. Our important finding is that the Au-RePc-Au junction has both large spin filtering efficiency (>80%) and large magnetic anisotropy energy, which makes it suitable for device applications. To provide insights for the further experimental work, we discussed the correlation between the transport property, magnetic anisotropy, and wave function features of the RePc molecule, and we also illustrated the possibility of controlling its magnetic state.

  7. Reduction of critical current density for out-of-plane mode oscillation in a mag-flip spin torque oscillator using highly spin-polarized Co2Fe(Ga0.5Ge0.5) spin injection layer

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    Bosu, S.; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Sakuraba, Y.; Hayashi, M.; Abert, C.; Suess, D.; Schrefl, T.; Hono, K.

    2016-02-01

    We study spin torque oscillators comprised of a perpendicular spin injection layer (SIL) and a planar field generating layer to reveal the influence of the spin polarization of SIL material on the critical current density, JC, to induce microwave oscillation. Two systems with different SIL are compared: one with a highly spin-polarized Heusler alloy, Co2Fe(Ga0.5Ge0.5) (CFGG), and the other a prototypical Fe2Co alloy. Cross sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy observations show the B2-ordered structure in a 3-nm-thick CFGG SIL, a prerequisite for obtaining half-metallic transport properties. Current induced microwave oscillations are found at frequencies of ˜15 GHz for both systems. However, the current needed to cause the oscillations is ˜50% smaller for films with the CFGG SIL compared to those of the Fe2Co SIL. These results are in accordance with micromagnetic simulations that include spin accumulation at the SIL.

  8. Finite-element modeling of thermal gradients during non-local thermal spin injection

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    Yang, Zihao; Giles, Brandon; Jamison, John; Myers, Roberto

    A new spin Seebeck experiment has been demonstrated, in which a laser is focused on an electrically isolated Pt absorbing pad on yttrium iron garnet (YIG), thermally generating a spin current in YIG. The spins diffuse laterally and are detected non-locally on a remote Pt detector via the inverse spin Hall effect (VISHEnon - local) . This geometry is expected to remove parasitic thermal transport voltages unrelated to the magnonic spin current that could contaminate VISHEnon - local . To validate this, 3D steady-state heat conduction equations are solved to determine the stray temperature gradient at the Pt detector as a function of distance from the laser heating source. We find that the temperature gradient beneath the Pt detector vanishes when the laser is laterally displaced (along x) by 50 μm. The gradient along the interface normal follows ∇Tz (x) ~e - 1 . 76 x and the gradient parallel to the interface follows ∇Tx (x) ~e - 0 . 08 x . Both gradients decay much faster than the measured VISHEnon - local (x) ~e - 0 . 025 x demonstrating the validity of the non-local geometry in probing laterally diffused spin. This work is supported by ARO-MURI W911NF-14-1-0016.

  9. Spin Hall voltages from a.c. and d.c. spin currents

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    Wei, Dahai; Obstbaum, Martin; Ribow, Mirko; Back, Christian H.; Woltersdorf, Georg

    2014-01-01

    In spin electronics, the spin degree of freedom is used to transmit and store information. To this end the ability to create pure spin currents—that is, without net charge transfer—is essential. When the magnetization vector in a ferromagnet–normal metal junction is excited, the spin pumping effect leads to the injection of pure spin currents into the normal metal. The polarization of this spin current is time-dependent and contains a very small d.c. component. Here we show that the large a.c. component of the spin currents can be detected efficiently using the inverse spin Hall effect. The observed a.c.-inverse spin Hall voltages are one order of magnitude larger than the conventional d.c.-inverse spin Hall voltages measured on the same device. Our results demonstrate that ferromagnet–normal metal junctions are efficient sources of pure spin currents in the gigahertz frequency range. PMID:24780927

  10. Highly Efficient Spin-Current Operation in a Cu Nano-Ring.

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    Murphy, Benedict A; Vick, Andrew J; Samiepour, Marjan; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2016-11-21

    An all-metal lateral spin-valve structure has been fabricated with a medial Copper nano-ring to split the diffusive spin-current path. We have demonstrated significant modulation of the non-local signal by the application of a magnetic field gradient across the nano-ring, which is up to 30% more efficient than the conventional Hanle configuration at room temperature. This was achieved by passing a dc current through a current-carrying bar to provide a locally induced Ampère field. We have shown that in this manner a lateral spin-valve gains an additional functionality in the form of three-terminal gate operation for future spintronic logic.

  11. Highly Efficient Spin-Current Operation in a Cu Nano-Ring

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    Murphy, Benedict A.; Vick, Andrew J.; Samiepour, Marjan; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2016-01-01

    An all-metal lateral spin-valve structure has been fabricated with a medial Copper nano-ring to split the diffusive spin-current path. We have demonstrated significant modulation of the non-local signal by the application of a magnetic field gradient across the nano-ring, which is up to 30% more efficient than the conventional Hanle configuration at room temperature. This was achieved by passing a dc current through a current-carrying bar to provide a locally induced Ampère field. We have shown that in this manner a lateral spin-valve gains an additional functionality in the form of three-terminal gate operation for future spintronic logic. PMID:27869213

  12. The Enhancement of spin Hall torque efficiency and Reduction of Gilbert damping in spin Hall metal/normal metal/ferromagnetic trilayers

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    Nguyen, Minh-Hai; Pai, Chi-Feng; Ralph, Daniel C.; Buhrman, Robert A.

    2015-03-01

    The spin Hall effect (SHE) in ferromagnet/heavy metal bilayer structures has been demonstrated to be a powerful means for producing pure spin currents and for exerting spin-orbit damping-like and field-like torques on the ferromagnetic layer. Large spin Hall (SH) angles have been reported for Pt, beta-Ta and beta-W films and have been utilized to achieve magnetic switching of in-plane and out-of-plane magnetized nanomagnets, spin torque auto-oscillators, and the control of high velocity domain wall motion. For many of the proposed applications of the SHE it is also important to achieve an effective Gilbert damping parameter that is as low as possible. In general the spin orbit torques and the effective damping are predicted to depend directly on the spin-mixing conductance of the SH metal/ferromagnet interface. This opens up the possibility of tuning these properties with the insertion of a very thin layer of another metal between the SH metal and the ferromagnet. Here we will report on experiments with such trilayer structures in which we have observed both a large enhancement of the spin Hall torque efficiency and a significant reduction in the effective Gilbert damping. Our results indicate that there is considerable opportunity to optimize the effectiveness and energy efficiency of the damping-like torque through engineering of such trilayer structures. Supported in part by NSF and Samsung Electronics Corporation.

  13. Higher efficiency of CO2 injection into seawater by a venturi than a conventional diffuser system.

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    Du, Hong; Lin, Junda; Zuercher, Chris

    2012-03-01

    Mass production of microalgae generally requires the injection of CO(2) into open ponds or photo-bioreactors. The present study compares the CO(2) injection efficiency into seawater of a porous stone air diffuser and a venturi. CO(2) was injected at flow rates of 400, 700 and 1000 standard mL/min and 4, 7 and 10 standard L/min into a small and a large pond, respectively until the pH decreased from 7.8 to 6.8. No significant differences in CO(2) injection efficiency between the three CO(2) flow rates (p>0.05) were observed; however, CO(2) injection efficiency with venturi was about 100% (p<0.05) higher than that of the air diffuser. Therefore, it is possible to both reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of CO(2) dissolution in seawater by using venturi operated at a lower flow rate, i.e. 400 standard mL/min in a small pond and 4 standard L/min in a large pond. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Dependence of the efficiency of spin Hall torque on the transparency of Pt/ferromagnetic layer interfaces

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    Pai, Chi-Feng; Ou, Yongxi; Vilela-Leão, Luis Henrique; Ralph, D. C.; Buhrman, R. A.

    2015-08-01

    We report that spin current transport across Pt/ferromagnet (FM) interfaces as measured by the spin torques exerted on the FM is strongly dependent on the type and the thickness of the FM layer and on post-deposition processing protocols. By employing both harmonic voltage measurements and spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance measurements, we find that the efficiency of the Pt spin Hall effect in exerting a dampinglike spin torque on the FM corresponds to an effective spin Hall ratio ranging from <0.05 to >0.10 under different interfacial conditions. The "internal" spin Hall ratio of the Pt thin films used in this study, after taking the interfacial spin transmission factor into account, is estimated to be ˜0.30 . This suggests that a careful engineering of Pt /FM interfaces can improve the spin Hall torque efficiency of Pt-based spintronic devices. We also note that the dependence on temperature for both vector components of the spin Hall torque is strongly dependent on the details of the Pt /FM interface, and that measurements of magnetic damping as a function of FM layer thickness are not generally reliable for determining the true effective spin mixing conductance for the interface.

  15. Geodesics for efficient creation and propagation of order along Ising spin chains

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    YuanHaidong; Glaser, Steffen J.; Khaneja, Navin

    2007-07-15

    Experiments in coherent nuclear and electron magnetic resonance, and optical spectroscopy correspond to control of quantum mechanical ensembles, guiding them from initial to final target states by unitary transformations. The control inputs (pulse sequences) that accomplish these unitary transformations should take as little time as possible so as to minimize the effects of relaxation and decoherence and to optimize the sensitivity of the experiments. Here we give efficient syntheses of various unitary transformations on Ising spin chains of arbitrary length. The efficient realization of the unitary transformations presented here is obtained by computing geodesics on a sphere under a special metric. We show that contrary to the conventional belief, it is possible to propagate a spin order along an Ising spin chain with coupling strength J (in units of Hz), significantly faster than (2J){sup -1} per step. The methods presented here are expected to be useful for immediate and future applications involving control of spin dynamics in coherent spectroscopy and quantum information processing.

  16. Spin power and efficiency in an Aharnov-Bohm ring with an embedded magnetic impurity quantum dot

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    Yang, Xi; Guo, Yong; Zheng, Jun; Chi, Feng

    2015-05-11

    Spin thermoelectric effects in an Aharnov-Bohm ring with a magnetic impurity quantum dot (QD) are theoretically investigated by using the nonequilibrium Green's function method. It is found that due to the exchange coupling between the impurity and the electrons in QD, spin output power, and efficiency can be significant and be further modulated by the gate voltage. The spin thermoelectric effect can be modulated effectively by adjusting the Rashba spin-orbit interaction (RSOI) and the magnetic flux. The spin power and efficiency show zigzag oscillations, and thus spin thermoelectric effect can be switched by adjusting the magnetic flux phase factor and RSOI ones. In addition, the spin efficiency can be significantly enhanced by the coexistence of the RSOI and the magnetic flux, and the maximal value of normalized spin efficiency η{sub max}/η{sub C} = 0.35 is obtained. Our results show that such a QD ring device may be used as a manipulative spin thermoelectric generator.

  17. Efficient spin sense determination of Flora-region asteroids via the epoch method

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    Dykhuis, Melissa J.; Molnar, Lawrence A.; Gates, Christopher J.; Gonzales, Joshua A.; Huffman, Jared J.; Maat, Aaron R.; Maat, Stacy L.; Marks, Matthew I.; Massey-Plantinga, Alyssa R.; McReynolds, Nathan D.; Schut, Jeremy A.; Stoep, Joshua P.; Stutzman, Andrew J.; Thomas, Brandon C.; Vander Tuig, George W.; Vriesema, Jess W.; Greenberg, Richard

    2016-03-01

    The Flora asteroid family's size and location on the inner edge of the main belt make it a likely source of NEOs and terrestrial planet impactors; however, reliable determination of Flora membership is inhibited by the family's age and the presence of a high density of background objects. Dykhuis et al. (Dykhuis et al. [2014]. Icarus 243, 111-128) identified the Flora family as the product of a 950-My-old collision dispersed in semimajor axis as a result of the Yarkovsky effect, and defined the family's membership and extent in orbital parameter space. The observed preponderance of prograde rotators at semimajor axes greater than that of (8) Flora is consistent with the predictions of the single-collision Yarkovsky dispersion model. Here we extend the available rotational property data for the Flora family via a survey of 21 Flora-region asteroids, using a time-efficient modification of the "epoch method" to determine prograde/retrograde spin sense. Five of the survey asteroids are shown to be prograde; five are shown to be retrograde; six are shown to have spin axes in or near their orbital planes; and five represent other cases for which spin axis information was not determined. The high-semimajor axis component of the Flora family is found to have only prograde and in-plane rotators, consistent with model predictions of Yarkovsky dispersion. Moreover, we confirm a wide range of ecliptic latitudes of the spin axes among these prograde rotators, consistent with models of family evolution in which a significant fraction of the members are captured in spin-orbit resonance. Near the "center" of the family (near the semimajor axis location of (8) Flora), the spin directions are mixed, with a slight preference for retrograde rotators, placing constraints on the efficiency of YORP-cycle spin reorientation for the family. In addition to our spin sense survey, we also report new measurements of the Sloan colors of a number of large inner main belt asteroids.

  18. Efficient dipolar double quantum filtering under magic angle spinning without a 1H decoupling field

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    Courtney, Joseph M.; Rienstra, Chad M.

    2016-08-01

    We present a systematic study of dipolar double quantum (DQ) filtering in 13C-labeled organic solids over a range of magic-angle spinning rates, using the SPC-n recoupling sequence element with a range of n symmetry values from 3 to 11. We find that efficient recoupling can be achieved for values n ⩾ 7, provided that the 13C nutation frequency is on the order of 100 kHz or greater. The decoupling-field dependence was investigated and explicit heteronuclear decoupling interference conditions identified. The major determinant of DQ filtering efficiency is the decoupling interference between 13C and 1H fields. For 13C nutation frequencies greater than 75 kHz, optimal performance is observed without an applied 1H field. At spinning rates exceeding 20 kHz, symmetry conditions as low as n = 3 were found to perform adequately.

  19. Power conversion efficiency enhancement in OPV devices using spin 1/2 molecular additives

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    Basel, Tek; Vardeny, Valy; Yu, Luping

    2014-03-01

    We investigated the power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction OPV cells based on the low bandgap polymer PTB7, blend with C61-PCBM. We also employed the technique of photo-induced absorption, PA; electrical and magneto-PA (MPA) techniques to understand the details of the photocurrent generation process in this blend. We found that spin 1/2 molecular additives, such as Galvinoxyl (Gxl) radicals dramatically enhance the cell efficiency; we obtained 20% increase in photocurrent upon Gxl doping with 2% weight. We explain our finding by the ability of the spin 1/2 radicals to interfere with the known major loss mechanism in the cell due to recombination of charge transfer exciton at the D-A interface via triplet excitons in the polymer donors. Supported by National Science Foundation-Material Science & Engineering Center (NSF-MRSEC), University of Utah.

  20. Efficient dipolar double quantum filtering under magic angle spinning without a (1)H decoupling field.

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    Courtney, Joseph M; Rienstra, Chad M

    2016-08-01

    We present a systematic study of dipolar double quantum (DQ) filtering in (13)C-labeled organic solids over a range of magic-angle spinning rates, using the SPC-n recoupling sequence element with a range of n symmetry values from 3 to 11. We find that efficient recoupling can be achieved for values n⩾7, provided that the (13)C nutation frequency is on the order of 100kHz or greater. The decoupling-field dependence was investigated and explicit heteronuclear decoupling interference conditions identified. The major determinant of DQ filtering efficiency is the decoupling interference between (13)C and (1)H fields. For (13)C nutation frequencies greater than 75kHz, optimal performance is observed without an applied (1)H field. At spinning rates exceeding 20kHz, symmetry conditions as low as n=3 were found to perform adequately.

  1. Excitation of coherent propagating spin waves by pure spin currents

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    Demidov, Vladislav E.; Urazhdin, Sergei; Liu, Ronghua; Divinskiy, Boris; Telegin, Andrey; Demokritov, Sergej O.

    2016-01-01

    Utilization of pure spin currents not accompanied by the flow of electrical charge provides unprecedented opportunities for the emerging technologies based on the electron's spin degree of freedom, such as spintronics and magnonics. It was recently shown that pure spin currents can be used to excite coherent magnetization dynamics in magnetic nanostructures. However, because of the intrinsic nonlinear self-localization effects, magnetic auto-oscillations in the demonstrated devices were spatially confined, preventing their applications as sources of propagating spin waves in magnonic circuits using these waves as signal carriers. Here, we experimentally demonstrate efficient excitation and directional propagation of coherent spin waves generated by pure spin current. We show that this can be achieved by using the nonlocal spin injection mechanism, which enables flexible design of magnetic nanosystems and allows one to efficiently control their dynamic characteristics. PMID:26818232

  2. High-efficiency inverted quantum dot light-emitting diodes with enhanced hole injection.

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    Wang, Lishuang; Lv, Ying; Lin, Jie; Fan, Yi; Zhao, Jialong; Wang, Yunjun; Liu, Xingyuan

    2017-05-25

    Hybrid MoO3/HAT-CN is employed as a hole injection layer (HIL) in green inverted colloidal quantum dot light-emitting devices (QLEDs). The hybrid HILs can be easily prepared and have been found to effectively improve the electroluminescent properties. The best performance device had an HIL of 1.5 nm-thick MoO3/2.5 nm-thick HAT-CN and showed a turn-on voltage of 1.9 V, a maximum current efficiency (CEmax) of 41.3 cd A(-1), and maximum external quantum efficiency of 9.72%. Compared to the corresponding devices with the single MoO3 or HAT-CN interlayer, the CEmax of the hole-only devices was improved by 1.6 or 1.5 times, respectively. The measured electrical performance shows that hole-only devices with hybrid HILs have a smaller leakage current density at low driving voltage and much enhanced hole injection current than the devices with single interlayers. It indicates that much improved electroluminescent efficiency in green inverted QLEDs with hybrid MoO3/HAT-CN orginates from the significant enhancement of hole injection efficiency and suppression of space charge accumulation in the quantum dot-emitting region due to the improved balance of the charge carriers. The hybrid HILs can be extended to other color inverted QLEDs, which are favorable to achieve bright, highly efficient, and color saturation devices for display applications.

  3. Next Generation Hole Injection/Transport Nano-Composites for High Efficiency OLED Development

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    King Wang

    2009-07-31

    The objective of this program is to use a novel nano-composite material system for the OLED anode coating/hole transport layer. The novel anode coating is intended to significantly increase not only hole injection/transport efficiency, but the device energy efficiency as well. Another goal of the Core Technologies Program is the optimization and scale-up of air-stable and cross-linkable novel HTL nano-composite materials synthesis and the development of low-cost, large-scale mist deposition processes for polymer OLED fabrication. This proposed technology holds the promise to substantially improve OLED energy efficiency and lifetime.

  4. Effect of injection matrix concentration on peak shape and separation efficiency in ion chromatography.

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    Zhang, Ya; Lucy, Charles A

    2014-12-05

    In HPLC, injection of solvents that differ from the eluent can result in peak broadening due to solvent strength mismatch or viscous fingering. Broadened, distorted or even split analyte peaks may result. Past studies of this injection-induced peak distortion in reversed phase (RPLC) and hydrophilic interaction (HILIC) liquid chromatography have led to the conclusion that the sample should be injected in the eluent or a weaker solvent. However, there have been no studies of injection-induced peak distortion in ion chromatography (IC). To address this, injection-induced effects were studied for six inorganic anions (F-, Cl-, NO2-, Br-, NO3- and SO4(2-)) on a Dionex AS23 IC column using a HCO3-/CO3(2-) eluent. The VanMiddlesworth-Dorsey injection sensitivity parameter (s) showed that IC of anions has much greater tolerance to the injection matrix (HCO3-/CO3(2-) herein) mismatch than RPLC or HILIC. Even when the injection contained a ten-fold greater concentration of HCO3-/CO3(2-) than the eluent, the peak shapes and separation efficiencies of six analyte ions did not change significantly. At more than ten-fold greater matrix concentrations, analyte anions that elute near the system peak of the matrix were distorted, and in the extreme cases exhibited a small secondary peak on the analyte peak front. These studies better guide the degree of dilution needed prior to IC analysis of anions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Spin-transfer-torque efficiency enhanced by edge-damage of perpendicular magnetic random access memories

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    Song, Kyungmi; Lee, Kyung-Jin

    2015-08-01

    We numerically investigate the effect of magnetic and electrical damages at the edge of a perpendicular magnetic random access memory (MRAM) cell on the spin-transfer-torque (STT) efficiency that is defined by the ratio of thermal stability factor to switching current. We find that the switching mode of an edge-damaged cell is different from that of an undamaged cell, which results in a sizable reduction in the switching current. Together with a marginal reduction of the thermal stability factor of an edge-damaged cell, this feature makes the STT efficiency large. Our results suggest that a precise edge control is viable for the optimization of STT-MRAM.

  6. Spin-transfer-torque efficiency enhanced by edge-damage of perpendicular magnetic random access memories

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    Song, Kyungmi; Lee, Kyung-Jin

    2015-08-07

    We numerically investigate the effect of magnetic and electrical damages at the edge of a perpendicular magnetic random access memory (MRAM) cell on the spin-transfer-torque (STT) efficiency that is defined by the ratio of thermal stability factor to switching current. We find that the switching mode of an edge-damaged cell is different from that of an undamaged cell, which results in a sizable reduction in the switching current. Together with a marginal reduction of the thermal stability factor of an edge-damaged cell, this feature makes the STT efficiency large. Our results suggest that a precise edge control is viable for the optimization of STT-MRAM.

  7. Efficient creation of dipolar coupled nitrogen-vacancy spin qubits in diamond

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    Jakobi, I.; Momenzadeh, S. A.; Fávaro de Oliveira, F.; Michl, J.; Ziem, F.; Schreck, M.; Neumann, P.; Denisenko, A.; Wrachtrup, J.

    2016-09-01

    Coherently coupled pairs or multimers of nitrogen-vacancy defect electron spins in diamond have many promising applications especially in quantum information processing (QIP) but also in nanoscale sensing applications. Scalable registers of spin qubits are essential to the progress of QIP. Ion implantation is the only known technique able to produce defect pairs close enough to allow spin coupling via dipolar interaction. Although several competing methods have been proposed to increase the resulting resolution of ion implantation, the reliable creation of working registers is still to be demonstrated. The current limitation are residual radiation-induced defects, resulting in degraded qubit performance as trade-off for positioning accuracy. Here we present an optimized estimation of nanomask implantation parameters that are most likely to produce interacting qubits under standard conditions. We apply our findings to a well-established technique, namely masks written in electron-beam lithography, to create coupled defect pairs with a reasonable probability. Furthermore, we investigate the scaling behavior and necessary improvements to efficiently engineer interacting spin architectures.

  8. Control of emitted light polarization in a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser subject to circularly polarized optical injection

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    Alharthi, S. S. Hurtado, A.; Al Seyab, R. K.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Korpijarvi, V.-M.; Guina, M.

    2014-11-03

    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the light polarization emitted by a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) at room temperature. This is achieved by means of a combination of polarized optical pumping and polarized optical injection. Without external injection, the polarization of the optical pump controls that of the spin-VCSEL. However, the addition of the externally injected signal polarized with either left- (LCP) or right-circular polarization (RCP) is able to control the polarization of the spin-VCSEL switching it at will to left- or right-circular polarization. A numerical model has been developed showing a very high degree of agreement with the experimental findings.

  9. Efficient vitreolysis by combining plasmin and sulfur hexafluoride injection in a preclinical study in rabbit eyes

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    Wu, Wei-Chi; Liu, Chi-Hsien; Chen, Chih-Chun; Wang, Nan-Kai; Chen, Kwan-Jen; Chen, Tun-Lu; Hwang, Yih-Shiou; Li, Lien-Min

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the efficacy of plasmin and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) on the vitreoretinal junction, as well as the long-term safety in the eye and effect on the recipient’s general health after application in the eye. Methods The study design included four groups of rabbits with three animals in each group. Group 1 received an intravitreal injection (IVI) of plasmin and SF6 in the right eye; group 2 received an IVI of plasmin in the right eye; group 3 received an IVI of SF6 in the right eye; and group 4 received an IVI of balanced salt solution in the right eye, which served as a normal control. Long-term safety (up to approximately three months) after plasmin and/or SF6 injection was evaluated morphologically by clinical examination, histology, and immunohistochemistry, and functionally by electroretinograms (ERGs). General health evaluations after intravitreal injection included the assessment of weight gain, food intake, body temperature, and complete blood count analysis. Results Plasmin plus SF6 injection resulted in complete posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), whereas plasmin or SF6 injection alone resulted in only partial PVD. Balanced salt solution did not induce PVD. Eighty days after intravitreal injection, there were no major differences among the eyes of the three groups of animals compared with the normal control animals upon clinical evaluation, or regarding retinal morphology and ERGs. The lenses examined remained clear for up to 80 days following the intravitreal injection of plasmin plus SF6, except one eye in the plasmin-treated group. ERGs decreased transiently one week after intravitreal injection in groups 1 through 3, but animals recovered fully to normal status afterward. General health was not affected after the injection of plasmin plus SF6. Conclusions Efficient vitreoretinal separation could be achieved, and an acceptable long-term safety profile was noted after plasmin plus SF6 injection in the eye. No major ocular toxicity or

  10. Reduced molybdenum oxide as an efficient electron injection layer in polymer light-emitting diodes

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    Vasilopoulou, Maria; Palilis, Leonidas C.; Georgiadou, Dimitra G.; Argitis, Panagiotis; Kennou, Stella; Sygellou, Labrini; Kostis, Ioannis; Papadimitropoulos, Giorgos; Konofaos, Nikos; Iliadis, Agis A.; Davazoglou, Dimitris

    2011-03-01

    We report a significant improvement in the performance of single layer polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs), based on the green emitting copolymer poly[(9,9-dioctylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-co-(1,4-benzo-{2, 1',3}-thiadiazole)], upon inserting a very thin layer of partially reduced molybdenum oxide (MoOx, where x=2.7) at the polymer/Al cathode interface. Both fully oxidized (x=3) and partially reduced (x=2.7) thin molybdenum oxide layers were investigated as electron injection layers and their influence on PLED device performance was examined. Improved current density, luminance, and efficiency was achieved only in the case of devices with a thin partially reduced MoO2.7 film as electron injection layer, as a result of improved electron injection and more facile transfer at the modified polymer/Al interface.

  11. Investigation and Development of Oil-Injection Nozzles for High-Cycle Fatigue Rotor Spin Test

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-03-01

    V., Seivwright, D. L. and Russell, S. A., “Vacuum Spin Test Experience with Eddy-Current Excitation of a Large Titanium Fan Blisk ,” of the 8th...those engines incorporated integrally-machined bladed disks (‘ blisks ’, which are highly undamped, resonant structures) rather than individual blades...investigated at NPS and used to excite a number of different rotors, including military engine turbines and fans . Strain gauge and non-contact ‘time-of-arrival

  12. Development of High Efficiency and Low Emission Low Temperature Combustion Diesel Engine with Direct EGR Injection

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    Ho, R. J.; Kumaran, P.; Yusoff, M. Z.

    2016-03-01

    Focus on energy and environmental sustainability policy has put automotive research & development directed to developing high efficiency and low pollutant power train. Diffused flame controlled diesel combustion has reach its limitation and has driven R&D to explore other modes of combustions. Known effective mode of combustion to reduce emission are Low temperature combustion (LTC) and homogeneous charge combustion ignition by suppressing Nitrogen Oxide(NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) formation. The key control to meet this requirement are chemical composition and distribution of fuel and gas during a combustion process. Most research to accomplish this goal is done by manipulating injected mass flow rate and varying indirect EGR through intake manifold. This research paper shows viable alternative direct combustion control via co-axial direct EGR injection with fuel injection process. A simulation study with OpenFOAM is conducted by varying EGR injection velocity and direct EGR injector diameter performed with under two conditions with non-combustion and combustion. n-heptane (C7H16) is used as surrogate fuel together with 57 species 290 semi-detailed chemical kinetic model developed by Chalmers University is used for combustion simulation. Simulation result indicates viability of co-axial EGR injection as a method for low temperature combustion control.

  13. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2004-04-26

    This report describes the work performed during the second year of the project, ''Investigating of Efficiency Improvements during CO{sub 2} Injection in Hydraulically and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.'' The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in less efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. To achieve this objective, in this period we concentrated our effort on investigating the effect of CO{sub 2} injection rates in homogeneous and fractured cores on oil recovery and a strategy to mitigate CO{sub 2} bypassing in a fractured core.

  14. Modification to the accelerator of the NBI-1B ion source for improving the injection efficiency

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    Kim, T. S. Jeong, S. H.; Chang, D. H.; In, S. R.; Park, M.; Jung, B. K.; Lee, K. W.; Wang, S. J.; Bae, Y. S.; Park, H. T.; Kim, J. S.; Cho, W.; Choi, D. J.

    2016-02-15

    Minimizing power loss of a neutral beam imposes modification of the accelerator of the ion source for further improvement of the beam optics. The beam optics can be improved by focusing beamlets. The injection efficiencies by the steering of ion beamlets are investigated numerically to find the optimum modification of the accelerator design of the NBI-1B ion source. The beam power loss was reduced by aperture displacement of three edge beamlets arrays considering power loadings on the beamline components. Successful testing and operation of the ion source at 60 keV/84% of injection efficiency led to the possibility of enhancing the system capability to a 2.4 MW power level at 100 keV/1.9 μP.

  15. Modification to the accelerator of the NBI-1B ion source for improving the injection efficiency

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    Kim, T. S.; Jeong, S. H.; Chang, D. H.; In, S. R.; Park, M.; Jung, B. K.; Lee, K. W.; Wang, S. J.; Bae, Y. S.; Park, H. T.; Kim, J. S.; Cho, W.; Choi, D. J.

    2016-02-01

    Minimizing power loss of a neutral beam imposes modification of the accelerator of the ion source for further improvement of the beam optics. The beam optics can be improved by focusing beamlets. The injection efficiencies by the steering of ion beamlets are investigated numerically to find the optimum modification of the accelerator design of the NBI-1B ion source. The beam power loss was reduced by aperture displacement of three edge beamlets arrays considering power loadings on the beamline components. Successful testing and operation of the ion source at 60 keV/84% of injection efficiency led to the possibility of enhancing the system capability to a 2.4 MW power level at 100 keV/1.9 μP.

  16. Efficiency of Photocarrier Injection in a VO2/TiO2:Nb Heterostructure

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    Hiroi, Zenji; Yamauchi, Tohru; Muraoka, Yuji; Muramatsu, Takaki; Yamaura, Jun-Ichi

    2003-12-01

    The efficiency of photocarrier injection in a VO2/TiO2:Nb heterostructure is studied by measuring I-V characteristics at room temperature under ultraviolet light irradiation. It is revealed that photogenerated hole carriers in the TiO2:Nb substrate are injected and accumulated in the VO2 film by the photovoltaic effect. The surface charge density is controlled successfully in a wide range of 109-1013 cm-2 as a function of light irradiance. The maximum hole density of 9× 1018 cm-3 is attained at a light irradiance of 133 mW/cm2, which is estimated by assuming the uniform distribution of holes in the film. It is suggested that high efficiency can be achieved by utilizing the large dielectric constant of titanium oxide substrates.

  17. Centrifugal Jet Spinning for Highly Efficient and Large-scale Fabrication of Barium Titanate Nanofibers

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    Ren, Liyun; Kotha, Shiva P.

    2014-01-01

    The centrifugal jet spinning (CJS) method has been developed to enable large-scale synthesis of barium titanate nanofibers. Barium titanate nanofibers with fiber diameters down to 50 nm and grain sizes around 25 nm were prepared with CJS by spinning a sol-gel solution of barium titanate and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) with subsequent heat treatment at 850 °C. XRD and FTIR analysis demonstrated high purity and tetragonal perovskite structured barium titanate nanofibers. SEM and TEM images confirm the continuous high aspect ratio structure of barium titanate nanofibers after heat treatment. It is demonstrated that the CJS technique offers a highly efficient method for large-scale fabrication of ceramic nanofibers at production rates of up to 0.3 gram/minute. PMID:24563566

  18. Efficient generation of many-body singlet states of spin-1 bosons in optical superlattices

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    Sun, Huanying; Xu, Peng; Pu, Han; Zhang, Wenxian

    2017-06-01

    We propose an efficient stepwise adiabatic merging (SAM) method to generate many-body singlet states in antiferromagnetic spin-1 bosons in concatenated optical superlattices with isolated double-well arrays, by adiabatically ramping up the double-well bias. With an appropriate choice of bias sweeping rate and magnetic field, the SAM protocol predicts a fidelity as high as 90% for a 16-body singlet state and even higher fidelities for smaller even-body singlet states. During their evolution, the spin-1 bosons exhibit interesting squeezing dynamics, manifested by an odd-even oscillation of the experimentally observable squeezing parameter. The generated many-body singlet states may find practical applications in precision measurement of magnetic field gradient and in quantum information processing.

  19. GFT projection NMR for efficient (1)H/ (13)C sugar spin system identification in nucleic acids.

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    Atreya, Hanudatta S; Sathyamoorthy, Bharathwaj; Jaipuria, Garima; Beaumont, Victor; Varani, Gabriele; Szyperski, Thomas

    2012-12-01

    A newly implemented G-matrix Fourier transform (GFT) (4,3)D HC(C)CH experiment is presented in conjunction with (4,3)D HCCH to efficiently identify (1)H/(13)C sugar spin systems in (13)C labeled nucleic acids. This experiment enables rapid collection of highly resolved relay 4D HC(C)CH spectral information, that is, shift correlations of (13)C-(1)H groups separated by two carbon bonds. For RNA, (4,3)D HC(C)CH takes advantage of the comparably favorable 1'- and 3'-CH signal dispersion for complete spin system identification including 5'-CH. The (4,3)D HC(C)CH/HCCH based strategy is exemplified for the 30-nucleotide 3'-untranslated region of the pre-mRNA of human U1A protein.

  20. Enhancement of the spin transfer torque efficiency in magnetic STM junctions

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    Palotás, Krisztián; Mándi, Gábor; Szunyogh, László

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a method for a combined calculation of charge and vector spin transport of elastically tunneling electrons in magnetic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The method is based on the three-dimensional Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (3D-WKB) approach combined with electronic structure calculations using first-principles density functional theory. As an application, we analyze the STM contrast inversion of the charge current above the Fe/W(110) surface depending on the bias voltage, tip-sample distance, and relative magnetization orientation between the sample and an iron tip. For the spin transfer torque (STT) vector we find that its in-plane component is generally larger than the out-of-plane component, and we identify a longitudinal spin current component, which, however, does not contribute to the torque. Our results suggest that the torque-current relationship in magnetic STM junctions follows the power law rather than a linear function. Consequently, we show that the ratio between the STT and the spin-polarized charge current is not constant, and more importantly, it can be tuned by the bias voltage, tip-sample distance, and magnetization rotation. We find that the STT efficiency can be enhanced by about a factor of seven by selecting a proper bias voltage. Thus, we demonstrate the possible enhancement of the STT efficiency in magnetic STM junctions, which can be exploited in technological applications. We discuss our results in view of the indirect measurement of the STT above the Fe/W(110) surface reported by S. Krause et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 186601 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.186601].

  1. Nonlocal Spin Diffusion Driven by Giant Spin Hall Effect at Oxide Heterointerfaces.

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    Jin, Mi-Jin; Moon, Seon Young; Park, Jungmin; Modepalli, Vijayakumar; Jo, Junhyeon; Kim, Shin-Ik; Koo, Hyun Cheol; Min, Byoung-Chul; Lee, Hyun-Woo; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Yoo, Jung-Woo

    2017-01-11

    A two-dimensional electron gas emerged at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is an ideal system for "spin-orbitronics" as the structure itself strongly couple the spin and orbital degree of freedom through the Rashba spin-orbit interaction. One of core experiments toward this direction is the nonlocal spin transport measurement, which has remained elusive due to the low spin injection efficiency to this system. Here we bypass the problem by generating a spin current not through the spin injection from outside but instead through the inherent spin Hall effect and demonstrate the nonlocal spin transport. The analysis on the nonlocal spin voltage, confirmed by the signature of a Larmor spin precession and its length dependence, displays that both D'yakonov-Perel' and Elliott-Yafet mechanisms involve in the spin relaxation at low temperature. Our results show that the oxide heterointerface is highly efficient in spin-charge conversion with exceptionally strong spin Hall coefficient γ ∼ 0.15 ± 0.05 and could be an outstanding platform for the study of coupled charge and spin transport phenomena and their electronic applications.

  2. Vesicles Cytoplasmic Injection: An Efficient Technique to Produce Porcine Transgene-Expressing Embryos.

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    Luchetti, C G; Bevacqua, R J; Lorenzo, M S; Tello, M F; Willis, M; Buemo, C P; Lombardo, D M; Salamone, D F

    2016-08-01

    The use of vesicles co-incubated with plasmids showed to improve the efficiency of cytoplasmic injection of transgenes in cattle. Here, this technique was tested as a simplified alternative for transgenes delivery in porcine zygotes. To this aim, cytoplasmic injection of the plasmid alone was compared to the injection with plasmids co-incubated with vesicles both in diploid parthenogenic and IVF zygotes. The plasmid pcx-egfp was injected circular (CP) at 3, 30 and 300 ng/μl and linear (LP) at 30 ng/μl. The experimental groups using parthenogenetic zygotes were as follows: CP naked at 3 ng/μl (N = 105), 30 ng/μl (N = 95) and 300 ng/μl (N = 65); Sham (N = 105); control not injected (N = 223); LP naked at 30 ng/μl (N = 78); LP vesicles (N = 115) and Sham vesicles (N = 59). For IVF zygotes: LP naked (N = 44) LP vesicles (N = 94), Sham (N = 59) and control (N = 79). Cleavage, blastocyst and GFP+ rates were analysed by Fisher's test (p < 0.05). The parthenogenic CP naked group showed lower cleavage respect to control (p < 0.05). The highest concentration of plasmids to allow development to blastocyst stage was 30 ng/μl. There were no differences in DNA fragmentation between groups. The parthenogenic LP naked group resulted in high GFP rates (46%) and also allowed the production of GFP blastocysts (33%). The cytoplasmic injection with LP vesicles into parthenogenic zygotes allowed 100% GFP blastocysts. Injected IVF showed higher cleavage rates than control (p < 0.05). In IVF zygotes, only the use of vesicles produced GFP blastocysts. The use of vesicles co-incubated with plasmids improves the transgene expression efficiency for cytoplasmic injection in porcine zygotes and constitutes a simple technique for easy delivery of plasmids.

  3. Perpendicular spin transfer torque magnetic random access memories with high spin torque efficiency and thermal stability for embedded applications (invited)

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    Thomas, Luc; Jan, Guenole; Zhu, Jian; Liu, Huanlong; Lee, Yuan-Jen; Le, Son; Tong, Ru-Ying; Pi, Keyu; Wang, Yu-Jen; Shen, Dongna; He, Renren; Haq, Jesmin; Teng, Jeffrey; Lam, Vinh; Huang, Kenlin; Zhong, Tom; Torng, Terry; Wang, Po-Kang

    2014-05-01

    Magnetic random access memories based on the spin transfer torque phenomenon (STT-MRAMs) have become one of the leading candidates for next generation memory applications. Among the many attractive features of this technology are its potential for high speed and endurance, read signal margin, low power consumption, scalability, and non-volatility. In this paper, we discuss our recent results on perpendicular STT-MRAM stack designs that show STT efficiency higher than 5 kBT/μA, energy barriers higher than 100 kBT at room temperature for sub-40 nm diameter devices, and tunnel magnetoresistance higher than 150%. We use both single device data and results from 8 Mb array to demonstrate data retention sufficient for automotive applications. Moreover, we also demonstrate for the first time thermal stability up to 400 °C exceeding the requirement of Si CMOS back-end processing, thus opening the realm of non-volatile embedded memory to STT-MRAM technology.

  4. Spin-Orbit-Torque Efficiency in Compensated Ferrimagnetic Cobalt-Terbium Alloys

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    Finley, Joseph; Liu, Luqiao

    2016-11-01

    Despite the potential advantages of information storage in antiferromagnetically coupled materials, it remains unclear whether one can control the magnetic-moment orientation efficiently because of the canceled magnetic moment. Here, we report spin-orbit-torque-induced magnetization switching of ferrimagnetic Co1 -xTbx films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Current-induced switching is demonstrated in all of the studied film compositions, including those near the magnetization compensation point. The spin-orbit-torque-induced effective field is further quantified in the domain-wall motion regime. A divergent behavior that scales with the inverse of magnetic moment is confirmed close to the compensation point, which is consistent with angular momentum conservation. Moreover, we also quantify the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction energy in the Ta /Co1 -xTbx system and we find that the energy density increases as a function of the Tb concentration. The demonstrated spin-orbit-torque switching, in combination with the fast magnetic dynamics and minimal net magnetization of ferrimagnetic alloys, promises spintronic devices that are faster and with higher density than traditional ferromagnetic systems.

  5. A direct injection high-efficiency nebulizer for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    McLean, J A; Zhang, H; Montaser, A

    1998-03-01

    A simple, relatively low-cost direct injection high-efficiency nebulizer (DIHEN) is introduced for argon inductively coupled plasma (Ar ICP) spectrometry. The DIHEN may be operated at solution uptake rates of 1-100 microL/min. Analytical performance indexes for the DIHEN and fundamental characteristics of the aerosol produced are obtained using an ICP mass spectrometer (ICPMS) and a two-dimensional phase Doppler particle analyzer (2D PDPA), respectively. Results are compared to those obtained with a conventional crossflow pneumatic nebulizer (PN), equipped with a Scott-type spray chamber. Droplet sizes and velocities produced with the DIHEN are smaller than those reported for the direct injection nebulizer (DIN). The DIHEN offers optimal sensitivity at low injector gas flow rates (approximately 0.25 L/min) and high rf power (approximately 1.5 kW). For the 17 elements tested, detection limits (ppt) and sensitivities achieved with the DIHEN (at 85 microL/min) are similar to, or better than, those obtained on the same instrument using the PN (at 1 mL/min). However, because the primary aerosol is injected directly into the plasma, oxide-to-metal ion ratios (MO+/M+) are high, as in the case of the DIN. The utility of the DIHEN for the analysis of small-volume samples is demonstrated by microscale flow injection analysis (muFIA) of Cr bound to human lung DNA. Detection of Cr at the femtogram level is feasible.

  6. Needle-free injection of insulin powder: delivery efficiency and skin irritation assessment*

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    Li, Chun-yu; Wang, Zhe-wei; Tu, Can; Wang, Jia-bo; Jiang, Bing-qian; Li, Qi; Zeng, Ling-na; Ma, Zhi-jie; Zhang, Ping; Zhao, Yan-ling; Zhang, Ya-ming; Yan, Dan; Tan, Rui; Xiao, Xiao-he

    2014-01-01

    Insulin is widely used in treating diabetes, but still needs to be administered by needle injection. This study investigated a new needle-free approach for insulin delivery. A portable powder needleless injection (PNI) device with an automatic mechanical unit was designed. Its efficiency in delivering insulin was evaluated in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits. The skin irritation caused by the device was investigated and the results were analyzed in relation to aerodynamic parameters. Inorganic salt-carried insulin powders had hypoglycemic effects, while raw insulin powders were not effective when delivered by PNI, indicating that salt carriers play an important role in the delivery of insulin via PNI. The relative delivery efficiency of phosphate-carried insulin powder using the PNI device was 72.25%. A safety assessment test showed that three key factors (gas pressure, cylinder volume, and nozzle distance) were related to the amount of skin irritation caused by the PNI device. Optimized injection conditions caused minimal skin lesions and are safe to use in practice. The results suggest that PNI has promising prospects as a novel technology for delivering insulin and other biological drugs. PMID:25294378

  7. Very efficient spin polarization analysis (VESPA): new exchange scattering-based setup for spin-resolved ARPES at APE-NFFA beamline at Elettra.

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    Bigi, Chiara; Das, Pranab K; Benedetti, Davide; Salvador, Federico; Krizmancic, Damjan; Sergo, Rudi; Martin, Andrea; Panaccione, Giancarlo; Rossi, Giorgio; Fujii, Jun; Vobornik, Ivana

    2017-07-01

    Complete photoemission experiments, enabling measurement of the full quantum set of the photoelectron final state, are in high demand for studying materials and nanostructures whose properties are determined by strong electron and spin correlations. Here the implementation of the new spin polarimeter VESPA (Very Efficient Spin Polarization Analysis) at the APE-NFFA beamline at Elettra is reported, which is based on the exchange coupling between the photoelectron spin and a ferromagnetic surface in a reflectometry setup. The system was designed to be integrated with a dedicated Scienta-Omicron DA30 electron energy analyzer allowing for two simultaneous reflectometry measurements, along perpendicular axes, that, after magnetization switching of the two targets, allow the three-dimensional vectorial reconstruction of the spin polarization to be performed while operating the DA30 in high-resolution mode. VESPA represents the very first installation for spin-resolved ARPES (SPARPES) at the Elettra synchrotron in Trieste, and is being heavily exploited by SPARPES users since autumn 2015.

  8. Efficient production of intersubspecific hybrid mice and embryonic stem cells by intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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    Shinmen, Akie; Honda, Arata; Ohkawa, Mika; Hirose, Michiko; Ogonuki, Narumi; Yuzuriha, Misako; Miki, Hiromi; Mochida, Keiji; Inoue, Kimiko; Abe, Kuniya; Ito, Masao; Ogura, Atsuo

    2007-09-01

    Recently, mice and embryonic stem (ES) cells with allelic polymorphisms have been used extensively in the field of genetics and developmental biology. In this study, we examined whether intersubspecific hybrid mice and ES cells with these genotypes can be efficiently produced by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Frozen-thawed spermatozoa from wild-derived strains, JF1 (Mus musculus molossinus), MSM (M. m. molossinus), HMI (M. m. castaneus), and SWN (M. m. spp.), were directly injected into mature oocytes from laboratory mice ([C57BL/6 x DBA2]F1; M. m. domesticus). The in vitro and in vivo developmental capacity of F1 embryos was not significantly different among the groups (P > 0.05), and term offspring were efficiently obtained in all groups (27%-34% of transferred embryos). However, the mean body and placental weights of the offspring differed significantly with genotype (P < 5 x 10(-10)), with the HMI hybrid greatest in both body and placental weights. In an application study using these F1 offspring, we analyzed their mitochondrial DNA using intersubspecific polymorphisms and found the consistent disappearance of sperm mitochondrial DNA in the F1 progeny. In a second series of experiments, we generated F1 blastocysts by injecting MSM spermatozoa into C57BL/6 oocytes and used them to generate hybrid ES cell lines. The ES cell lines were established at a high efficiency (9 lines from 20 blastocysts) and their allelic polymorphisms were confirmed. Thus, ICSI using cryopreserved spermatozoa allows the efficient and immediate production of a number of F1 hybrid mice and ES cell lines, which can be used for polymorphic analysis of mouse genetics.

  9. Efficient scattering of electrons below few keV by Time Domain Structures around injection fronts

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    Vasko, I.; Agapitov, O. V.; Mozer, F.; Artemyev, A.; Krasnoselskikh, V.

    2016-12-01

    Van Allen Probes observations show an abundance of non-linear large-amplitude electrostatic spikes around injection fronts in the outer radiation belt. These spikes referred to as Time Domain Structures (TDS) include electron holes, double layers and more complicated solitary waves. The electron scattering driven by TDS may not be evaluated via the standard quasi-linear theory, since TDS are in principle non-linear plasma modes. In this paper we analyze the scattering of electrons by three-dimensional TDS (with non-negligible perpendicular electric field) around injection fronts. We derive the analytical formulas describing the local scattering by single TDS and show that the most efficiently scattered electrons are those in the first cyclotron resonance (electrons crossing TDS on a time scale comparable with their gyroperiod). The analytical formulas are verified via the test-particle simulation. We compute the bounce-averaged diffusion coefficients and demonstrate their dependence on the TDS spatial distribution, individual TDS parameters and L shell. We show that TDS are able to provide the pitch-angle scattering of <5 keV electrons at rate 10-2-10-4 s-1 and, thus, can be responsible for driving loss of electrons out of injections fronts on a time scale from few minutes to few hours. TDS can be, thus, responsible for driving diffuse aurora precipitations conjugated to injection fronts. We show that the pitch-angle scattering rates driven by TDS are comparable with those due to chorus waves and exceed those due to electron cyclotron harmonics. For injections fronts with no significant wave activity in the frequency range corresponding to chorus waves, TDS can be even dominant mechanism for losses of below few keV electrons.

  10. Polyethylenimine Insulativity-Dominant Charge-Injection Balance for Highly Efficient Inverted Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Ding, Ke; Chen, Hongting; Fan, Lianwei; Wang, Bo; Huang, Zhi; Zhuang, Shaoqing; Hu, Bin; Wang, Lei

    2017-06-14

    Quantum dot (QD) light-emitting diodes (QLEDs) with an inverted architecture suffer from charge-injection imbalance and severe QD charging, which degrade device performance. Blocking excess electron injection into QDs is crucial for efficient inverted QLEDs. It is observed that polyethylenimine (PEI) has two opposite effects on electron injection: one is blocking electron injection by its intrinsic insulativity and the other one is promoting electron injection by reducing the work function of ZnO/PEI. In this work, the insulating nature of PEI has been dominantly utilized to reduce electron injection and the charge-injection balance is realized when PEI becomes thicker and blocks more excess electrons. Furthermore, PEI contributes to QD charging suppression and results in a smoother surface morphology than that of ZnO nanoparticles, which is beneficial for leakage current reduction and QD deposition. As a result, the optimized QLED with 15 nm PEI shows a 2.5 times improved efficiency compared to that of the QLED without PEI. Also, the QLED possesses the maximum external quantum efficiency and current efficiency of 16.5% and 18.8 cd/A, respectively, accompanied with a low efficiency roll-off of 15% at 1000 cd/m(2), which is comparable to that of the reported inverted red QLED with the highest efficiency.

  11. Efficiency of Spin-Transfer-Torque Switching and Thermal-Stability Factor in a Spin-Valve Nanopillar with First- and Second-Order Uniaxial Magnetic Anisotropies

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    Matsumoto, Rie; Arai, Hiroko; Yuasa, Shinji; Imamura, Hiroshi

    2017-04-01

    The efficiency of spin-transfer-torque (STT) switching and the thermal-stability factor are important figures of merit in STT-based magnetoresistive random-access memory. We derive analytical expressions of the STT-switching efficiency and the thermal-stability factor for a perpendicularly magnetized spin-valve nanopillar with the first- and the second-order uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. It is shown that the STT-switching efficiency is maximized when the effective first-order anisotropy constant (Ku 1 ,eff ) is equal to the second-order anisotropy constant (Ku 2). It is also shown that the thermal-stability factor is most (least) sensitive to a variation of the applied current when Ku 2=-0.41 (0.70) Ku 1 ,eff.

  12. Triarylamine Siloxane Anode Functionalization/Hole Injection Layers in High Efficiency/High Luminance Small-Molecule Green- and Blue-Emitting Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Huang,Q.; Li, J.; Marks, T.; Evmenenko, G.; Dutta, P.

    2007-01-01

    High efficiency/high luminance small-molecule organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are fabricated by combining thin, covalently bound triarylamine hole injection/adhesion interlayers with hole- and exciton-blocking/electron transport interlayers in tris(8-hydroxyquinolato)aluminum(III) (Alq) and tetrakis(2-methyl-8-hydroxyquinolinato)borate (BQ{sub 4}{sup -})-based OLEDs. Green-emitting OLEDs with maximum luminance {approx}85 000 cd/m{sup 2}, power and forward external quantum efficiencies as high as 15.2 lm/W and 4.4{+-}0.5%, respectively, and turn-on voltages {approx}4.5 V are achieved in devices of the structure, ITO/N,N(prime)-diphenyl-N,N(prime)-bis(p-trichlorosilylpropylphenyl)(1,1(prime)-biphenyl)-4,4(prime)-diamine (TPD-Si2)/1,4-bis(1-naphthylphenylamino)biphenyl (NPB)/Alq doped with N,N(prime)-di(3-heptyl)quinacridone (DIQA)/2,9-dimethyl-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (BCP)/Li/AgMg. Also, bright and efficient blue-emitting OLEDs with turn-on voltages {approx}5.0 V, maximum luminance {approx}30 000 cd/m2, and {approx}5.0 lm/W and 1.6{+-}0.2% power and external forward quantum efficiencies, respectively, are achieved in devices of the structure, ITO/TPD-Si2/NPB/BQ{sub 4}{sup -}/BCP/Li/Al. TPD-Si2 interlayers are fabricated by spin casting N,N(prime)-diphenyl-N,N(prime)-bis(p-trichlorosilylpropylphenyl)(1,1(prime)-biphenyl)-4,4(prime)-diamine onto the ITO surface, while BCP interlayers are introduced by thermal evaporation. The excellent OLED performance is attributed to the differing functions of the above two interlayers: (1) The TPD-Si2 layer has a direct impact on hole injection by reducing the injection barrier and improving interfacial cohesion, and an indirect but strong effect on electron injection by altering internal electric fields. (2) The BCP layer, doped with lithium, directly reduces the electron injection barrier. Incorporation of both interlayers in OLED structures affords synergistically enhanced hole/electron injection and recombination

  13. Mercury Emissions Capture Efficiency with Activated Carbon Injection at a Russian Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant

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    This EPA-led project, conducted in collaboration with UNEP, the Swedish Environmental Institute and various Russian Institutes, that demonstrates that the mercury emission control efficiencies of activated carbon injection technologies applied at a Russian power plant burning Rus...

  14. Mercury Emissions Capture Efficiency with Activated Carbon Injection at a Russian Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant

    EPA Science Inventory

    This EPA-led project, conducted in collaboration with UNEP, the Swedish Environmental Institute and various Russian Institutes, that demonstrates that the mercury emission control efficiencies of activated carbon injection technologies applied at a Russian power plant burning Rus...

  15. Iron 60 Evidence for Early Injection and Efficient Mixing of Stellar Debris in the Protosolar Nebula

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    Dauphas, N.; Sacarabany, A.; Davis, A. M.; Pourmand, A.; Cook, D. L.; Froehlich, C.; Wadhwa, M.; Rauscher, T.; Gallino, R.

    2008-10-10

    Among extinct radioactivities present in meteorites,{sup 60}Fe (t{sub 1/2} = 1.49 Myr) plays a key role as a high-resolution chronometer, a heat source in planetesimals, and a fingerprint of the astrophysical setting of solar system formation. A critical issue with {sup 60}Fe is that it could have been heterogeneously distributed in the protoplanetary disk, calling into question the efficiency of mixing in the solar nebula or the timing of {sup 60}Fe injection relative to planetesimal formation. If this were the case, one would expect meteorites that did not incorporate {sup 60}Fe (either because of late injection or incomplete mixing) to show {sup 60}Ni deficits (from lack of {sup 60}Fe decay) and collateral effects on other neutron-rich isotopes of Fe and Ni (coproduced with {sup 60}Fe in core-collapse supernovae and AGB stars). Here, we show that measured iron meteorites and chondrites have Fe and Ni isotopic compositions identical to Earth. This demonstrates that {sup 60}Fe must have been injected into the protosolar nebula and mixed to less than 10% heterogeneity before formation of planetary bodies.

  16. Coexistence of perfect spin filtering for entangled electron pairs and high magnetic storage efficiency in one setup

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    Ji, T. T.; Bu, N.; Chen, F. J.; Tao, Y. C.; Wang, J.

    2016-01-01

    For Entangled electron pairs superconducting spintronics, there exist two drawbacks in existing proposals of generating entangled electron pairs. One is that the two kinds of different spin entangled electron pairs mix with each other. And the other is a low efficiency of entanglement production. Herein, we report the spin entanglement state of the ferromagnetic insulator (FI)/s-wave superconductor/FI structure on a narrow quantum spin Hall insulator strip. It is shown that not only the high production of entangled electron pairs in wider energy range, but also the perfect spin filtering of entangled electron pairs in the context of no highly spin-polarized electrons, can be obtained. Moreover, the currents for the left and right leads in the antiferromagnetic alignment both can be zero, indicating 100% tunnelling magnetoresistance with highly magnetic storage efficiency. Therefore, the spin filtering for entangled electron pairs and magnetic storage with high efficiencies coexist in one setup. The results may be experimentally demonstrated by measuring the tunnelling conductance and the noise power. PMID:27074893

  17. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2005-04-27

    This report describes the work performed during the fourth year of the project, ''Investigating of Efficiency Improvements during CO{sub 2} Injection in Hydraulically and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.'' The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificially fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT scanner to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in hydraulically fractured reservoirs (HFR) and naturally fractured reservoirs (NFR) that eventually result in more efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. In Chapter 1, we worked with DOE-RMOTC to investigate fracture properties in the Tensleep Formation at Teapot Dome Naval Reserve as part of their CO{sub 2} sequestration project. In Chapter 2, we continue our investigation to determine the primary oil recovery mechanism in a short vertically fractured core. Finally in Chapter 3, we report our numerical modeling efforts to develop compositional simulator with irregular grid blocks.

  18. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2003-10-01

    This report describes the work performed during the second year of the project, ''Investigating of Efficiency Improvements during CO{sub 2} Injection in Hydraulically and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.'' The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in less efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. To achieve this objective, in this period we concentrated our effort on modeling the fluid flow in fracture surface, examining the fluid transfer mechanisms and describing the fracture aperture distribution under different overburden pressure using X-ray CT scanner.

  19. Photoacoustic imaging of intravenously injected photosensitizer in rat burn models for efficient antibacterial photodynamic therapy

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    Tsunoi, Yasuyuki; Sato, Shunichi; Ashida, Hiroshi; Terakawa, Mitsuhiro

    2012-02-01

    For efficient photodynamic treatment of wound infection, a photosensitizer must be distributed in the whole infected tissue region. To ensure this, depth profiling of a photosensitizer is necessary in vivo. In this study, we applied photoacoustic (PA) imaging to visualize the depth profile of an intravenously injected photosensitizer in rat burn models. In burned tissue, pharmacokinetics is complicated; vascular occlusion takes place in the injured tissue, while vascular permeability increases due to thermal invasion. In this study, we first used Evans Blue (EB) as a test drug to examine the feasibility of photosensitizer dosimetry based on PA imaging. On the basis of the results, an actual photosensitizer, talaporfin sodium was used. An EB solution was intravenously injected into a rat deep dermal burn model. PA imaging was performed on the wound with 532 nm and 610 nm nanosecond light pulses for visualizing vasculatures (blood) and EB, respectively. Two hours after injection, the distribution of EB-originated signal spatially coincided well with that of blood-originated signal measured after injury, indicating that EB molecules leaked out from the blood vessels due to increased permeability. Afterwards, the distribution of EB signal was broadened in the depth direction due to diffusion. At 12 hours after injection, clear EB signals were observed even in the zone of stasis, demonstrating that the leaked EB molecules were delivered to the injured tissue layer. The level and time course of talaporfin sodium-originated signals were different compared with those of EB-originated signals, showing animal-dependent and/or drug-dependent permeabilization and diffusion in the tissue. Thus, photosensitizer dosimetry should be needed before every treatment to achieve desirable outcome of photodynamic treatment, for which PA imaging can be concluded to be valid and useful.

  20. Influence of sperm pretreatment on the efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection in pigs.

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    García-Roselló, Empar; Matás, Carmen; Cánovas, Sebastián; Moreira, Pedro N; Gadea, Joaquín; Coy, Pilar

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of sperm pretreatment on the efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in pigs. This was done by examining the effect of 1) the conservation method (fresh vs frozen); 2) the sperm treatment preinjection (resuspension in Dulbecco phosphate-buffered saline (DPBS) vs selection by a Percoll gradient); and 3) the acrosomal and live or dead status of the spermatozoa (by incubation with or without calcium ionophore, 1 muM and 5 muM). In vitro matured porcine oocytes were injected with treated spermatozoa according to each experiment. All the experiments were done with non-artificially activated oocytes. The percentages of activation and cleavage were higher (68% vs 43% and 63% vs 43%, respectively, P < .05) in oocytes injected with fresh vs frozen spermatozoa. The DPBS treatment allowed higher cleavage proportions than the Percoll treatment (P < .05). Moreover, a boar effect was observed in the percentage of developing blastocysts. None of the studied parameters was affected by the acrosomal or the live or dead status of the spermatozoa injected. In conclusion, the use of fresh semen is recommended for porcine ICSI, as well as careful selection of the boar; Percoll treatment is only recommended for poor-quality samples or for removing toxic agents, and no exogenous form of activation or induction of the acrosome reaction is necessary for porcine oocytes to develop a male pronucleus and cleave up to the 2-cell stage after ICSI, although experimental conditions to reach the blastocyst stage need to be investigated further.

  1. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2004-10-10

    This report describes the work performed during the third year of the project, ''Investigating of Efficiency Improvements during CO{sub 2} Injection in Hydraulically and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.'' The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in more efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. To achieve this objective, in this period we concentrated our effort on modeling fluid flow through rough fractures and investigating the grid orientation effect in rectangular grid blocks particularly at high mobility ratio as our precursor to use a compositional simulator. We are developing a robust simulator using Voronoi grids to accurately represent natural and induced fractures. We are also verifying the accuracy of the simulation using scaled laboratory experiments to provide a benchmark for our simulation technique. No such simulator currently exists so this capability will represent a major breakthrough in simulation of gas injection in fractured systems. The following sections outline the results that appear in this report.

  2. Test results of a steam injected gas turbine to increase power and thermal efficiency

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    Messerlie, R.L.; Tischler, A.O.

    1983-08-01

    The desire to increase both power and thermal efficiency of the gas turbine (Brayton cycle) engine has been pursued for a number of years and has involved many approaches. The use of steam in the cycle to improve performance has been proposed by various investigators. This was most recently proposed by International Power Technology, Inc. (IPT) and has been tested by Detroit Diesel Allison (DDA), Division of General Motors. This approach, identified as the Cheng dual-fluid cycle (Cheng/DFC), includes the generation of steam using heat from the exhaust, and injecting this steam into the engine combustion chamber. Test results on an Allison 501-KB engine have demonstrated that use of this concept will increase the thermal efficiency of the engine by 30% and the output power by 60% with no increase in turbine inlet temperature. These results will be discussed, as will the impact of steam rate, location of steam injection, turbine temperature, and engine operational characteristics on the performance of the Cheng/DFC.

  3. SiNC: Saliency-injected neural codes for representation and efficient retrieval of medical radiographs

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    Sajjad, Muhammad; Mehmood, Irfan; Baik, Sung Wook

    2017-01-01

    Medical image collections contain a wealth of information which can assist radiologists and medical experts in diagnosis and disease detection for making well-informed decisions. However, this objective can only be realized if efficient access is provided to semantically relevant cases from the ever-growing medical image repositories. In this paper, we present an efficient method for representing medical images by incorporating visual saliency and deep features obtained from a fine-tuned convolutional neural network (CNN) pre-trained on natural images. Saliency detector is employed to automatically identify regions of interest like tumors, fractures, and calcified spots in images prior to feature extraction. Neuronal activation features termed as neural codes from different CNN layers are comprehensively studied to identify most appropriate features for representing radiographs. This study revealed that neural codes from the last fully connected layer of the fine-tuned CNN are found to be the most suitable for representing medical images. The neural codes extracted from the entire image and salient part of the image are fused to obtain the saliency-injected neural codes (SiNC) descriptor which is used for indexing and retrieval. Finally, locality sensitive hashing techniques are applied on the SiNC descriptor to acquire short binary codes for allowing efficient retrieval in large scale image collections. Comprehensive experimental evaluations on the radiology images dataset reveal that the proposed framework achieves high retrieval accuracy and efficiency for scalable image retrieval applications and compares favorably with existing approaches. PMID:28771497

  4. Structure development of polypropylenes of varying stereoregular form and tacticity in melt spinning, tubular blown film extrusion and injection molding

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    Choi, Dongman

    2002-08-01

    Polypropylene has become an important commercial thermoplastic since the isotactic form was first synthesized in the 1950's by Natta and his coworkers using Ziegler's catalysts. In recent years, new types of polypropylenes different than the existing Ziegler-Natta polypropylenes have also been commercially available through the application of the improved catalysts, i.e. metallocene. These include isotactic polypropylenes possessing lower stereoregularities and syndiotactic polypropylene. In this dissertation, we study structure development in processing these new polypropylenes and conventional high tacticity isotactic polypropylenes. We begin with the study of formation of structure in crystallization from quiescent melts and investigation of the crystallization kinetics of these polypropylenes. These are carried out by both isothermal and non-isothermal experiments. Then, we turn to the study of structure development during processing of these polymers. This is carried out in three major polyolefin processing processes: (i) melt spinning, (ii) tubular blown film extrusion and (iii) injection molding. The crystal structure and orientation of fabricated samples were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WARD), birefringence and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). We seek to correlate the formation of structure and orientation development with processing conditions (e.g. stress field and cooling rate) and material characters (e.g. tacticity and crystallization rate) and find processing-structure-properties relationships in processing these polymers.

  5. Pure spin current in lateral structures

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    Chen, Shuhan

    Spintronics, a frontier academic research area, is advancing rapidly in recent years. It has been chosen as one of the promising candidates for overcoming the obstacles in continuing the "Moore's Law" of the electronics industry. Spintronics employs both spin and charge degrees of freedom of electrons to reduce energy consumption and increase the flexibility of IC design. To achieve this, it is extremely important to understand the generation, transport, and detection of the spin polarized current (spin current). In this work we use a mesoscopic metallic spintronic structure-nonlocal spin valve (NLSV)-for fundamental studies of spintronics. A nonlocal spin valve consists of two ferromagnetic electrodes (a spin injector and a spin detector) bridged by a non-magnetic spin channel. A thin aluminum oxide barrier (~ 2 - 3 nm) has been shown to effectively enhance the spin injection and detection polarizations. We have studied spin injection and detection in these nanoscale structures. Several topics will be discussed in this work. In Chapter 4 we explore spin transport in NLSVs with Ag channels. Substantial spin signals are observed. The temperature dependence of the spin signals indicates long spin diffusion lengths and low surface spin-flip rate in the mesoscopic Ag channels. Chapter 5 will focus on the asymmetric spin absorption across the low-resistance AlOx barriers in NLSVs. This effect allows for a more simplified and efficient detection scheme for the spin accumulation. Then in Chapter 6 we report a large spin signal owing to a highly resistive break-junction. We have also developed a model to describe the spin-charge coupling effect which enables the large spin signal. In the end, Spin Hall Effect (SHE) is investigated in Chapter 7. A mesoscopic Pt film is utilized to inject a spin accumulation into a mesoscopic Cu channel via the SHE. The spin accumulation in Cu can be detected by the nonlocal method. The reciprocal effect -- the inverse Spin Hall Effect - (i

  6. A high-efficiency spin-resolved photoemission spectrometer combining time-of-flight spectroscopy with exchange-scattering polarimetry

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    Jozwiak, Chris M.; Graff, Jeff; Lebedev, Gennadi; Andresen, Nord; Schmid, Andreas; Fedorov, Alexei; El Gabaly, Farid; Wan, Weishi; Lanzara, Alessandra; Hussain, Zahid

    2010-04-13

    We describe a spin-resolved electron spectrometer capable of uniquely efficient and high energy resolution measurements. Spin analysis is obtained through polarimetry based on low-energy exchange scattering from a ferromagnetic thin-film target. This approach can achieve a similar analyzing power (Sherman function) as state-of-the-art Mott scattering polarimeters, but with as much as 100 times improved efficiency due to increased reflectivity. Performance is further enhanced by integrating the polarimeter into a time-of-flight (TOF) based energy analysis scheme with a precise and flexible electrostatic lens system. The parallel acquisition of a range of electron kinetic energies afforded by the TOF approach results in an order of magnitude (or more) increase in efficiency compared to hemispherical analyzers. The lens system additionally features a 90 degrees bandpass filter, which by removing unwanted parts of the photoelectron distribution allows the TOF technique to be performed at low electron drift energy and high energy resolution within a wide range of experimental parameters. The spectrometer is ideally suited for high-resolution spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (spin-ARPES), and initial results are shown. The TOF approach makes the spectrometer especially ideal for time-resolved spin-ARPES experiments.

  7. Multiwell CO2 injectivity: impact of boundary conditions and brine extraction on geologic CO2 storage efficiency and pressure buildup.

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    Heath, Jason E; McKenna, Sean A; Dewers, Thomas A; Roach, Jesse D; Kobos, Peter H

    2014-01-21

    CO2 storage efficiency is a metric that expresses the portion of the pore space of a subsurface geologic formation that is available to store CO2. Estimates of storage efficiency for large-scale geologic CO2 storage depend on a variety of factors including geologic properties and operational design. These factors govern estimates on CO2 storage resources, the longevity of storage sites, and potential pressure buildup in storage reservoirs. This study employs numerical modeling to quantify CO2 injection well numbers, well spacing, and storage efficiency as a function of geologic formation properties, open-versus-closed boundary conditions, and injection with or without brine extraction. The set of modeling runs is important as it allows the comparison of controlling factors on CO2 storage efficiency. Brine extraction in closed domains can result in storage efficiencies that are similar to those of injection in open-boundary domains. Geomechanical constraints on downhole pressure at both injection and extraction wells lower CO2 storage efficiency as compared to the idealized scenario in which the same volumes of CO2 and brine are injected and extracted, respectively. Geomechanical constraints should be taken into account to avoid potential damage to the storage site.

  8. Method and apparatus for efficient injection of CO2 in oceans

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    West, Olivia R.; Tsouris, Constantinos; Liang, Liyuan

    2003-07-29

    A liquid CO.sub.2 injection system produces a negatively buoyant consolidated stream of liquid CO.sub.2, CO.sub.2 hydrate, and water that sinks upon release at ocean depths in the range of 700-1500 m. In this approach, seawater at a predetermined ocean depth is mixed with the liquid CO.sub.2 stream before release into the ocean. Because mixing is conducted at depths where pressures and temperatures are suitable for CO.sub.2 hydrate formation, the consolidated stream issuing from the injector is negatively buoyant, and comprises mixed CO.sub.2 -hydrate/CO.sub.2 -liquid/water phases. The "sinking" characteristic of the produced stream will prolong the metastability of CO.sub.2 ocean sequestration by reducing the CO.sub.2 dissolution rate into water. Furthermore, the deeper the CO.sub.2 hydrate stream sinks after injection, the more stable it becomes internally, the deeper it is dissolved, and the more dispersed is the resulting CO.sub.2 plume. These factors increase efficiency, increase the residence time of CO2 in the ocean, and decrease the cost of CO.sub.2 sequestration while reducing deleterious impacts of free CO.sub.2 gas in ocean water.

  9. Relativistic four-component calculations of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings with efficient evaluation of the exchange-correlation response kernel

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    Křístková, Anežka; Komorovsky, Stanislav; Repisky, Michal; Malkin, Vladimir G.; Malkina, Olga L.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we report on the development and implementation of a new scheme for efficient calculation of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings in the framework of four-component matrix Dirac-Kohn-Sham approach termed matrix Dirac-Kohn-Sham restricted magnetic balance resolution of identity for J and K, which takes advantage of the previous restricted magnetic balance formalism and the density fitting approach for the rapid evaluation of density functional theory exchange-correlation response kernels. The new approach is aimed to speedup the bottleneck in the solution of the coupled perturbed equations: evaluation of the matrix elements of the kernel of the exchange-correlation potential. The performance of the new scheme has been tested on a representative set of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings. The obtained results have been compared with the corresponding results of the reference method with traditional evaluation of the exchange-correlation kernel, i.e., without employing the fitted electron densities. Overall good agreement between both methods was observed, though the new approach tends to give values by about 4%-5% higher than the reference method. On the average, the solution of the coupled perturbed equations with the new scheme is about 8.5 times faster compared to the reference method.

  10. Relativistic four-component calculations of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings with efficient evaluation of the exchange-correlation response kernel

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    Křístková, Anežka; Malkin, Vladimir G.; Komorovsky, Stanislav; Repisky, Michal; Malkina, Olga L.

    2015-03-21

    In this work, we report on the development and implementation of a new scheme for efficient calculation of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings in the framework of four-component matrix Dirac-Kohn-Sham approach termed matrix Dirac-Kohn-Sham restricted magnetic balance resolution of identity for J and K, which takes advantage of the previous restricted magnetic balance formalism and the density fitting approach for the rapid evaluation of density functional theory exchange-correlation response kernels. The new approach is aimed to speedup the bottleneck in the solution of the coupled perturbed equations: evaluation of the matrix elements of the kernel of the exchange-correlation potential. The performance of the new scheme has been tested on a representative set of indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings. The obtained results have been compared with the corresponding results of the reference method with traditional evaluation of the exchange-correlation kernel, i.e., without employing the fitted electron densities. Overall good agreement between both methods was observed, though the new approach tends to give values by about 4%-5% higher than the reference method. On the average, the solution of the coupled perturbed equations with the new scheme is about 8.5 times faster compared to the reference method.

  11. Tunneling-injection in vertical quasi-2D heterojunctions enabled efficient and adjustable optoelectronic conversion

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    Tan, Wei-Chun; Chiang, Chia-Wei; Hofmann, Mario; Chen, Yang-Fang

    2016-01-01

    The advent of 2D materials integration has enabled novel heterojunctions where carrier transport proceeds thrsough different ultrathin layers. We here demonstrate the potential of such heterojunctions on a graphene/dielectric/semiconductor vertical stack that combines several enabling features for optoelectronic devices. Efficient and stable light emission was achieved through carrier tunneling from the graphene injector into prominent states of a luminescent material. Graphene’s unique properties enable fine control of the band alignment in the heterojunction. This advantage was used to produce vertical tunneling-injection light-emitting transistors (VtiLET) where gating allows adjustment of the light emission intensity independent of applied bias. This device was shown to simultaneously act as a light detecting transistor with a linear and gate tunable sensitivity. The presented development of an electronically controllable multifunctional light emitter, light detector and transistor open up a new route for future optoelectronics. PMID:27507171

  12. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Efficient photocarrier injection in a transition metal oxide heterostructure

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    Muraoka, Y.; Yamauchi, T.; Ueda, Y.; Hiroi, Z.

    2002-12-01

    An efficient method for doping a transition metal oxide (TMO) with hole carriers is presented: photocarrier injection (PCI) in an oxide heterostructure. It is shown that an insulating vanadium dioxide (VO2) film is rendered metallic under light irradiation by PCI from an n-type titanium dioxide (TiO2) substrate doped with Nb. Consequently, a large photoconductivity, which is exceptional for TMOs, is found in the VO2/TiO2:Nb heterostructure. We propose an electronic band structure where photoinduced holes created in TiO2:Nb can be transferred into the filled V 3d band via the low-lying O 2p band of VO2.

  13. Efficient removal of detergents from proteins and peptides in a spin column format.

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    Antharavally, Babu S; Mallia, Krishna A; Rosenblatt, Michael M; Salunkhe, Ashok M; Rogers, John C; Haney, Paul; Haghdoost, Navid

    2011-09-01

    Detergents are commonly used in protein-chemistry protocols and may be necessary for protein extraction, solubilization, and denaturation; however, their presence interferes with many downstream analysis techniques, including mass spectrometry (MS). To enable downstream analysis, it is critical to remove unbound detergents from protein and peptide samples. In this study, we describe a high-performance resin that offers exceptional detergent removal for proteins and peptides. When used in a spin column format, this resin dramatically improves protein and peptide MS results by more than 95% removal of 1-5% detergents, including sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium deoxycholate, Chaps, Triton X-100, Triton X-114, NP-40, Brij-35, octyl glucoside, octyl thioglucoside, and lauryl maltoside, with high recovery of proteins and peptides. Postcolumn liquid chromatography-tandem MS (LC-MS/MS) analysis of trypsin digests of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and HeLa cell lysate revealed excellent sequence coverage, indicating successful removal of detergent from the peptides. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-MS analysis of unprocessed and processed samples further confirmed efficient removal of detergents. The advantages of this method include speed (<15min), efficient detergent removal, and high recovery of proteins and peptides.

  14. Heterogeneous Spin States in Ultrathin Nanosheets Induce Subtle Lattice Distortion To Trigger Efficient Hydrogen Evolution.

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    Liu, Youwen; Hua, Xuemin; Xiao, Chong; Zhou, Tengfei; Huang, Pengcheng; Guo, Zaiping; Pan, Bicai; Xie, Yi

    2016-04-20

    The exploration of efficient nonprecious metal eletrocatalysis of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is an extraordinary challenge for future applications in sustainable energy conversion. The family of first-row-transition-metal dichalcogenides has received a small amount of research, including the active site and dynamics, relative to their extraordinary potential. In response, we developed a strategy to achieve synergistically active sites and dynamic regulation in first-row-transition-metal dichalcogenides by the heterogeneous spin states incorporated in this work. Specifically, taking the metallic Mn-doped pyrite CoSe2 as a self-adaptived, subtle atomic arrangement distortion to provide additional active edge sites for HER will occur in the CoSe2 atomic layers with Mn incorporated into the primitive lattice, which is visually verified by HRTEM. Synergistically, the density functional theory simulation results reveal that the Mn incorporation lowers the kinetic energy barrier by promoting H-H bond formation on two adjacently adsorbed H atoms, benefiting H2 gas evolution. As a result, the Mn-doped CoSe2 ultrathin nanosheets possess useful HER properties with a low overpotential of 174 mV, an unexpectedly small Tafel slope of 36 mV/dec, and a larger exchange current density of 68.3 μA cm(-2). Moreover, the original concept of coordinated regulation presented in this work can broaden horizons and provide new dimensions in the design of newly highly efficient catalysts for hydrogen evolution.

  15. Spin-Charge Conversion Phenomena in Germanium

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    Oyarzún, Simón; Rortais, Fabien; Rojas-Sánchez, Juan-Carlos; Bottegoni, Federico; Laczkowski, Piotr; Vergnaud, Céline; Pouget, Stéphanie; Okuno, Hanako; Vila, Laurent; Attané, Jean-Philippe; Beigné, Cyrille; Marty, Alain; Gambarelli, Serge; Ducruet, Clarisse; Widiez, Julie; George, Jean-Marie; Jaffrès, Henri; Jamet, Matthieu

    2017-01-01

    The spin-orbit coupling relating the electron spin and momentum allows for spin generation, detection and manipulation. It thus fulfils the three basic functions of the spin field-effect-transistor made of semiconductors. In this paper, we review our recent results on spin-charge conversion in bulk germanium and at the Ge(111) surface. We used the spin pumping technique to generate pure spin currents to be injected into bulk germanium and at the Fe/Ge(111) interface. The mechanism for spin-charge conversion in bulk germanium is the spin Hall effect and we could experimentally determine the spin Hall angle θSHE, i.e., the spin-charge conversion efficiency, in heavily doped n-type and p-type germanium. We found very small values at room temperature: θSHE ≈ (1-2) × 10-3 in n-Ge and θSHE ≈ (6-7) × 10-4 in p-Ge. Moreover, we pointed out the essential role of spin dependent scattering on ionized impurities in the spin Hall effect mechanism. We concluded that the spin Hall effect in bulk germanium is too weak to produce large spin currents, whereas a large Rashba effect (>100 meV) at Ge(111) surfaces covered with heavy metals could generate spin polarized currents. We could indeed demonstrate a giant spin-to-charge conversion in metallic states at the Fe/Ge(111) interface due to the Rashba coupling. We generated very large charge currents by direct spin pumping into the interface states from 20 K to room temperature. By this, we raise a new paradigm: the possibility to use the spin-orbit coupling for the development of the spin-field-effect-transistor.

  16. Nonreciprocity of electrically excited thermal spin signals in CoFeAl-Cu-Py lateral spin valves

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    Hu, Shaojie; Cui, Xiaomin; Nomura, Tatsuya; Min, Tai; Kimura, Takashi

    2017-03-01

    Electrical and thermal spin currents excited by an electric current have been systematically investigated in lateral spin valves consisting of CoFeAl and Ni80Fe20 (Py) wires bridged by a Cu strip. In the electrical spin signal, the reciprocity between the current and voltage probes was clearly confirmed. However, a significant nonreciprocity was observed in the thermal spin signal. This provides clear evidence that a large spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient is more important than the spin polarization for efficient thermal spin injection and detection. We demonstrate that the spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient can be simply evaluated from the thermal spin signals for two configurations. Our experimental description paves a way for evaluating a small spin-dependent Seebeck coefficient for conventional ferromagnets without using complicated parameters.

  17. Efficient generation of gene-modified pigs via injection of zygote with Cas9/sgRNA.

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    Wang, Yong; Du, Yinan; Shen, Bin; Zhou, Xiaoyang; Li, Jian; Liu, Yu; Wang, Jianying; Zhou, Jiankui; Hu, Bian; Kang, Nannan; Gao, Jimin; Yu, Liqing; Huang, Xingxu; Wei, Hong

    2015-02-05

    Co-injection of zygotes with Cas9 mRNA and sgRNA has been proven to be an efficient gene-editing strategy for genome modification of different species. Genetic engineering in pigs holds a great promise in biomedical research. By co-injection of one-cell stage embryos with Cas9 mRNA and Npc1l1 sgRNA, we achieved precise Npc1l1 targeting in Chinese Bama miniature pigs at the efficiency as high as 100%. Meanwhile, we carefully analyzed the Npc1l1 sgRNA:Cas9-mediated on- and off-target mutations in various somatic tissues and ovaries, and demonstrated that injection of zygotes with Cas9 mRNA and sgRNA is an efficient and reliable approach for generation of gene-modified pigs.

  18. Nonlinear spin current generation in noncentrosymmetric spin-orbit coupled systems

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    Hamamoto, Keita; Ezawa, Motohiko; Kim, Kun Woo; Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2017-06-01

    Spin current plays a central role in spintronics. In particular, finding more efficient ways to generate spin current has been an important issue and has been studied actively. For example, representative methods of spin-current generation include spin-polarized current injections from ferromagnetic metals, the spin Hall effect, and the spin battery. Here, we theoretically propose a mechanism of spin-current generation based on nonlinear phenomena. By using Boltzmann transport theory, we show that a simple application of the electric field E induces spin current proportional to E2 in noncentrosymmetric spin-orbit coupled systems. We demonstrate that the nonlinear spin current of the proposed mechanism is supported in the surface state of three-dimensional topological insulators and two-dimensional semiconductors with the Rashba and/or Dresselhaus interaction. In the latter case, the angular dependence of the nonlinear spin current can be manipulated by the direction of the electric field and by the ratio of the Rashba and Dresselhaus interactions. We find that the magnitude of the spin current largely exceeds those in the previous methods for a reasonable magnitude of the electric field. Furthermore, we show that application of ac electric fields (e.g., terahertz light) leads to the rectifying effect of the spin current, where dc spin current is generated. These findings will pave a route to manipulate the spin current in noncentrosymmetric crystals.

  19. Spin density and orbital optimization in open shell systems: A rational and computationally efficient proposal.

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    Giner, Emmanuel; Angeli, Celestino

    2016-03-14

    The present work describes a new method to compute accurate spin densities for open shell systems. The proposed approach follows two steps: first, it provides molecular orbitals which correctly take into account the spin delocalization; second, a proper CI treatment allows to account for the spin polarization effect while keeping a restricted formalism and avoiding spin contamination. The main idea of the optimization procedure is based on the orbital relaxation of the various charge transfer determinants responsible for the spin delocalization. The algorithm is tested and compared to other existing methods on a series of organic and inorganic open shell systems. The results reported here show that the new approach (almost black-box) provides accurate spin densities at a reasonable computational cost making it suitable for a systematic study of open shell systems.

  20. Systemic Injection of Kainic Acid Differently Affects LTP Magnitude Depending on its Epileptogenic Efficiency

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    Suárez, Luz M.; Cid, Elena; Gal, Beatriz; Inostroza, Marion; Brotons-Mas, Jorge R.; Gómez-Domínguez, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Seizures have profound impact on synaptic function and plasticity. While kainic acid is a popular method to induce seizures and to potentially affect synaptic plasticity, it can also produce physiological-like oscillations and trigger some forms of long-term potentiation (LTP). Here, we examine whether induction of LTP is altered in hippocampal slices prepared from rats with different sensitivity to develop status epilepticus (SE) by systemic injection of kainic acid. Rats were treated with multiple low doses of kainic acid (5 mg/kg; i.p.) to develop SE in a majority of animals (72–85% rats). A group of rats were resistant to develop SE (15–28%) after several accumulated doses. Animals were subsequently tested using chronic recordings and object recognition tasks before brain slices were prepared for histological studies and to examine basic features of hippocampal synaptic function and plasticity, including input/output curves, paired-pulse facilitation and theta-burst induced LTP. Consistent with previous reports in kindling and pilocapine models, LTP was reduced in rats that developed SE after kainic acid injection. These animals exhibited signs of hippocampal sclerosis and developed spontaneous seizures. In contrast, resistant rats did not become epileptic and had no signs of cell loss and mossy fiber sprouting. In slices from resistant rats, theta-burst stimulation induced LTP of higher magnitude when compared with control and epileptic rats. Variations on LTP magnitude correlate with animals’ performance in a hippocampal-dependent spatial memory task. Our results suggest dissociable long-term effects of treatment with kainic acid on synaptic function and plasticity depending on its epileptogenic efficiency. PMID:23118939

  1. Efficient spin-coating-free planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells fabricated with successive brush-painting

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    Lee, Jin-Won; Na, Seok-In; Kim, Seok-Soon

    2017-01-01

    To demonstrate fully brush-painted planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PeSCs), poly (3,4-ethylendioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) hole transport layer (HTL), CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite photoactive layer, and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) electron acceptor layer are successively brush-painted. In particular, correlation between morphology of perovskites and overall performance of PeSCs are investigated depending on the perovskites precursor. Devices with brush-painted perovskite using generally used N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent show poor performance and large deviation in cell-performance. However, PeSCs with brush-painted perovskite employing protic 2-Methoxyethanol (2-M) as DMF-alternative solvent exhibit comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9.08% to conventional spin-coated device and excellent reproducibility in device performance is observed as well. Furthermore, a fully brush-painted PeSC based on flexible substrates, showing PCE of 7.75%, is successfully demonstrated.

  2. Double-quantum homonuclear rotary resonance: Efficient dipolar recovery in magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Nielsen, N. C.; Bildsøe, H.; Jakobsen, H. J.; Levitt, M. H.

    1994-08-01

    We describe an efficient method for the recovery of homonuclear dipole-dipole interactions in magic-angle spinning NMR. Double-quantum homonuclear rotary resonance (2Q-HORROR) is established by fulfilling the condition ωr=2ω1, where ωr is the sample rotation frequency and ω1 is the nutation frequency around an applied resonant radio frequency (rf) field. This resonance can be used for double-quantum filtering and measurement of homonuclear dipolar interactions in the presence of magic-angle spinning. The spin dynamics depend only weakly on crystallite orientation allowing good performance for powder samples. Chemical shift effects are suppressed to zeroth order. The method is demonstrated for singly and doubly 13C labeled L-alanine.

  3. Using mixed solvent and changing spin-coating parameters to increase the efficiency and lifetime of organic solar cells.

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    Tsai, Yu Sheng; Chu, Wei-Ping; Tang, Rong-Ming; Juang, Fuh-Shyang; Chang, Ming-Hua; Liu, Mark O; Hsieh, Tsung-Eong

    2008-10-01

    The derivative of C60, i.e., PCBM, and P3HT (3-hexylthiophene) were dissolved in chloroform:dichlorobenzene mixed solvent, then spin-coated as the active layer for organic solar cells (OSC). The experimental parameters were studied carefully to obtain the optimum power conversion efficiency (PCE), including the solvent mixing ratio, spin-coating speed, annealing conditions for the active layer, etc. The OSC devices were packaged with glass and a newly developed UV-glue to improve the lifetime and PCE. Dichlorobenzene solvent has great effect upon the PCE. Changing the spin-coating speed and increasing the number of steps increased the PCE apparently to 1.4%.

  4. Highly Efficient Polarization of Spin-1/2 Insensitive NMR Nuclei by Adiabatic Passage through Level Anticrossings.

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    Pravdivtsev, Andrey N; Yurkovskaya, Alexandra V; Lukzen, Nikita N; Ivanov, Konstantin L; Vieth, Hans-Martin

    2014-10-02

    A method is proposed to transfer spin order from para-hydrogen, that is, the H2 molecule in its singlet state, to spin-1/2 heteronuclei of a substrate molecule. The method is based on adiabatic passage through nuclear spin level anticrossings (LACs) in the doubly rotating frame of reference; the LAC conditions are fulfilled by applying resonant RF excitation at the NMR frequencies of protons and the heteronuclei. Efficient conversion of the para-hydrogen-induced polarization into net polarization of the heteronuclei is demonstrated; the achieved signal enhancements are about 6400 for (13)C nuclei at natural abundance. The theory behind the technique is described; advantages of the method are discussed in detail.

  5. Spin-transfer torque induced spin waves in antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Daniels, Matthew W.; Guo, Wei; Stocks, George Malcolm; Xiao, Di; Xiao, Jiang

    2015-01-01

    We explore the possibility of exciting spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic films by injecting spin current at the surface. We analyze both magnetically compensated and uncompensated interfaces. We find that the spin current induced spin-transfer torque can excite spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic materials and that the chirality of the excited spin wave is determined by the polarization of the injected spin current. Furthermore, the presence of magnetic surface anisotropy can greatly increase the accessibility of these excitations.

  6. Spin-transfer torque induced spin waves in antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Daniels, Matthew W.; Guo, Wei; Stocks, George Malcolm; ...

    2015-01-01

    We explore the possibility of exciting spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic films by injecting spin current at the surface. We analyze both magnetically compensated and uncompensated interfaces. We find that the spin current induced spin-transfer torque can excite spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic materials and that the chirality of the excited spin wave is determined by the polarization of the injected spin current. Furthermore, the presence of magnetic surface anisotropy can greatly increase the accessibility of these excitations.

  7. Cooper-pair splitter: towards an efficient source of spin-entangled EPR pairs

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    Schonenberger, Christian

    2011-03-01

    In quantum mechanics the properties of two and more particles can be entangled. In basic science pairs of entangled particles, so called Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) pairs, play a special role as toy objects for fundamental studies. They provide such things as ``spooky interaction at distance,'' but they also enable secure encoding and teleportation and are thus important for applications in quantum information technology. Whereas EPR pairs of photons can be generated by parametric down conversion (PDC) in a crystal, a similar source for EPR pairs of electrons does not exists yet. In several theory papers, it has been suggested to use a superconductor for this purpose. The superconducting ground state is formed by a condensate of Cooper-pairs which are electron pairs in a spin-singlet state. Since there are many Cooper pairs in a metallic superconductor like Al, the main tasks are to extract Cooper pairs one by one and to split them into different arms. A controlled and efficient splitting is possible if one makes use of Coulomb interaction. This has recently be demonstrated by two groups [2-4] using hybrid quantum-dot devices with both superconducting and normal metal contacts. In the present talk, I will discuss the Cooper-pair splitter results from the Basel-Budapest-Copenhagen team and compare with the other experiments. As an outlook we discuss approaches that aim at entanglement detection. The Cooper pair splitter holds great promises because very large splitting efficiencies approaching 100% and large pair current rates appear feasible. This work has been done by L. Hofstetter, S. Csonka, A. Geresdi, M. Aagesen, J. Nygard and C. Schönenberger

  8. Industrial Compositional Streamline Simulation for Efficient and Accurate Prediction of Gas Injection and WAG Processes

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    Margot Gerritsen

    2008-10-31

    Gas-injection processes are widely and increasingly used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). In the United States, for example, EOR production by gas injection accounts for approximately 45% of total EOR production and has tripled since 1986. The understanding of the multiphase, multicomponent flow taking place in any displacement process is essential for successful design of gas-injection projects. Due to complex reservoir geometry, reservoir fluid properties and phase behavior, the design of accurate and efficient numerical simulations for the multiphase, multicomponent flow governing these processes is nontrivial. In this work, we developed, implemented and tested a streamline based solver for gas injection processes that is computationally very attractive: as compared to traditional Eulerian solvers in use by industry it computes solutions with a computational speed orders of magnitude higher and a comparable accuracy provided that cross-flow effects do not dominate. We contributed to the development of compositional streamline solvers in three significant ways: improvement of the overall framework allowing improved streamline coverage and partial streamline tracing, amongst others; parallelization of the streamline code, which significantly improves wall clock time; and development of new compositional solvers that can be implemented along streamlines as well as in existing Eulerian codes used by industry. We designed several novel ideas in the streamline framework. First, we developed an adaptive streamline coverage algorithm. Adding streamlines locally can reduce computational costs by concentrating computational efforts where needed, and reduce mapping errors. Adapting streamline coverage effectively controls mass balance errors that mostly result from the mapping from streamlines to pressure grid. We also introduced the concept of partial streamlines: streamlines that do not necessarily start and/or end at wells. This allows more efficient coverage and avoids

  9. Significant reduction in spin pumping efficiency in a platinum/yttrium iron garnet bilayer at low temperature

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    Shigematsu, Ei; Ando, Yuichiro; Ohshima, Ryo; Dushenko, Sergey; Higuchi, Yukio; Shinjo, Teruya; Jürgen von Bardeleben, Hans; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2016-05-01

    The temperature evolution of a direct-current electromotive force (EMF) generated by spin pumping and the inverse-spin Hall effect in a platinum (Pt)/yttrium iron garnet (YIG) bilayer was investigated down to 80 K. The magnitude of the EMF decreased significantly with decreasing temperature and disappeared at approximately 80 K. 40-nm-thick YIG films fabricated by a metal organic decomposition method exhibited single-peak ferrimagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra without any spin wave resonance, which allowed us to precisely analyze the FMR spectra. We determined that the temperature evolution of the Gilbert damping constant is the dominant factor in the temperature dependence of the EMF. The comparison of the FMR linewidth between the X- and Q-bands revealed that an increase in Gilbert damping constant at low temperatures is not due to the enhancement of the spin pumping efficiency but due to an additional spin relaxation in the YIG film itself, which reduces the precession angle of the magnetization under the FMR conditions.

  10. Efficient algorithms for the dynamics of large and infinite classical central spin models

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    Fauseweh, Benedikt; Schering, Philipp; Hüdepohl, Jan; Uhrig, Götz S.

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the time dependence of correlation functions in the central spin model, which describes the electron or hole spin confined in a quantum dot, interacting with a bath of nuclear spins forming the Overhauser field. For large baths, a classical description of the model yields quantitatively correct results. We develop and apply various algorithms in order to capture the long-time limit of the central spin for bath sizes from 1000 to infinitely many bath spins. Representing the Overhauser field in terms of orthogonal polynomials, we show that a carefully reduced set of differential equations is sufficient to compute the spin correlations of the full problem up to very long times, for instance up to 105ℏ /JQ where JQ is the natural energy unit of the system. This technical progress renders an analysis of the model with experimentally relevant parameters possible. We benchmark the results of the algorithms with exact data for a small number of bath spins and we predict how the long-time correlations behave for different effective numbers of bath spins.

  11. Highly efficient, solution processed electrofluorescent small molecule white organic light-emitting diodes with a hybrid electron injection layer.

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    Jiang, Zhixiong; Zhong, Zhiming; Xue, Shanfeng; Zhou, Yan; Meng, Yanhong; Hu, Zhanhao; Ai, Na; Wang, Jianbin; Wang, Lei; Peng, Junbiao; Ma, Yuguang; Pei, Jian; Wang, Jian; Cao, Yong

    2014-06-11

    Highly efficient, solution-processed, and all fluorescent white organic light-emitting diodes (WOLEDs) based on fluorescent small molecules have been achieved by incorporating a low-conductivity hole injection layer and an inorganic-organic hybrid electron injection layer. The light-emission layer is created by doping a fluorescent π-conjugated blue dendrimer host (the zeroth generation dendrimer, G0) with a yellow-emitting fluorescent dopant oligo(paraphenylenevinylene) derivative CN-DPASDB with a doping ratio of 100:0.15 (G0:CN-DPASDB) by weight. To suppress excessive holes, the high-conductivity hole injection layer (PEDOT:PSS AI 4083) is replaced by the low-conductivity PEDOT:PSS CH 8000. To facilitate the electron injection, a hybrid electron injection layer is introduced by doping a methanol/water-soluble conjugated polymer poly[(9,9-bis(30-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)-alt-2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)] (PFNR2) with solution-processed cesium fluoride (CsF). The device achieves a maximum luminous efficiency of 17.0 cd A(-1) and a peak power efficiency of 15.6 lm W(-1) at (0.32, 0.37) with a color rendering index of 64.

  12. Numerical Simulation of Impacts of Hydrological Properties of Geologic Storage Formations on Injection Efficiency of Carbon Dioxide

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    Kihm, J.; Kim, J.

    2010-12-01

    A series of numerical simulations using a multiphase thermo-hydrological numerical model is performed to analyze groundwater flow, carbon dioxide flow, and heat transport due to geologic storage of carbon dioxide in a geologic storage formation (sandstone aquifer) and to evaluate impacts of its saturated (i.e., porosity and intrinsic permeability) and unsaturated (i.e., residual water saturation, residual gas saturation, gas-entry pressure, and van Genuchten’s exponent) hydrological properties on the injection efficiency of carbon dioxide. The numerical simulation results show that the hydrological properties of the storage formation have significant effects on the injection efficiency of carbon dioxide. Under a constant injection pressure of carbon dioxide, the injection rate and injectivity of carbon dioxide increase rapidly during the early period of carbon dioxide injection (about 2 weeks) and then increases monotonously until the end of carbon dioxide injection. The injection rate and injectivity of carbon dioxide are most sensitive to variations in the intrinsic permeability and van Genuchten’s exponent of the storage formation. They increase significantly as the intrinsic permeability and van Genuchten’s exponent of the storage formation increase, whereas they decrease slightly as the porosity and the residual gas saturation of the storage formation increase. However, they are most insensitive to variations in the residual water saturation and the gas-entry pressure of the storage formation. These results indicate that the injection efficiency of carbon dioxide is significantly dependent on the relative permeability, which is a function of the unsaturated hydrological properties (i.e., residual water saturation, residual gas saturation, gas-entry pressure, and van Genuchten’s exponent) of the storage formation, as well as its saturated hydrological properties (i.e., porosity and intrinsic permeability) in different degrees. Therefore it may be

  13. Foam injection molding of polypropylene/stainless steel fiber composites for efficient EMI shielding

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Wang, S.; Park, C. B.

    2016-03-01

    Lightweight polypropylene/stainless-steel fiber (PP-SSF) composites with 15-35% density reduction were fabricated using foam injection molding and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2). The electrical percolation threshold, through-plane electrical conductivity, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of the PP-SSF composite foams were characterized and compared against the solid samples. The effects of the plasticizing gas and the void fraction on fiber breakage and orientation were also investigated. Microstructure characterization showed that the presence of dissolved CO2 decreased fiber breakage by about 30%, and together with foaming action, contributed to less preferential orientation of fibers. Consequently, the percolation threshold decreased up to four folds from 0.85 to 0.21 vol.% as the void fraction increased from 0 to 35%. The specific EMI SE was also significantly enhanced. A maximum specific EMI SE of 75 dB.g-1cm3 was achieved in PP-1.1 vol.% SSF composite foams, which was highly superior to 38 dB.g-1cm3 of the solid PP-1.0 vol.% SSF composites. The results reveal that light and efficient products with a lower fiber content can be developed by foam for EMI shielding applications.

  14. Efficient generation of B2m-null pigs via injection of zygote with TALENs

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    Wang, Yong; Du, Yinan; Zhou, Xiaoyang; Wang, Lulu; Li, Jian; Wang, Fengchao; Huang, Zhengen; Huang, Xingxu; Wei, Hong

    2016-01-01

    Donor major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules are the main targets of the host immune response after organ allotransplantation. Whether and how MHC I-deficiency of pig donor tissues affects rejection after xenotransplantation has not been assessed. Beta2-microglobulin (B2M) is indispensable for the assembly of MHC I receptors and therefore provides an effective target to disrupt cell surface MHC I expression. Here, we report the one-step generation of mutant pigs with targeted disruptions in B2m by injection of porcine zygotes with B2m exon 2-specific TALENs. After germline transmission of mutant B2m alleles, we obtained F1 pigs with biallelic B2m frameshift mutations. F1 pigs lacked detectable B2M expression in tissues derived from the three germ layers, and their lymphocytes were devoid of MHC I surface receptors. Skin grafts from B2M deficient pigs exhibited remarkably prolonged survival on xenogeneic wounds compared to tissues of non-mutant littermates. Mutant founder pigs with bi-allelic disruption in B2m and B2M deficient F1 offspring did not display visible abnormalities, suggesting that pigs are tolerant to B2M deficiency. In summary, we show the efficient generation of pigs with germline mutations in B2m, and demonstrate a beneficial effect of donor MHC I-deficiency on xenotransplantation. PMID:27982048

  15. A large bore-direct injection high efficiency nebulizer for inductively coupled plasma spectrometry

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    Acon; McLean; Montaser

    2000-04-15

    A large bore-direct injection high efficiency nebulizer (IB-DIHEN) is introduced that is less prone to capillary blockage and optimally operates at low nebulizer gas pressures compared with the conventional DIHEN used for inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometries. The aerosol quality is examined using a two-dimensional phase Doppler particle analyzer (2D PDPA), and analytical figures of merits are acquired by ICP mass spectrometry. Compared with the DIHEN, the LB-DIHEN produces larger droplets, but the velocity distributions and mean droplet velocities are narrower and lower, respectively, providing longer residence times for the droplets in the plasma. High RF power (1500 W), low nebulizer gas flow rates (0.25-0.35 L/min), and low solution uptake rates (80-110 microL/min) are required to operate the LB-DIHEN at optimum conditions for ICPMS. Detection limits and sensitivities measured with the LB-DIHEN are superior to those of a conventional nebulizer-spray chamber combination, but precision is inferior. The performance of the LB-DIHEN is further explored in the determination of trace elements in an herbal extract.

  16. Improvement of ENU Mutagenesis Efficiency Using Serial Injection and Mismatch Repair Deficiency Mice.

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    Gallego-Llamas, Jabier; Timms, Andrew E; Pitstick, Rose; Peters, Janet; Carlson, George A; Beier, David R

    2016-01-01

    ENU mutagenesis is a powerful method for generating novel lines of mice that are informative with respect to both fundamental biological processes and human disease. Rapid developments in genomic technology have made the task of identifying causal mutations by positional cloning remarkably efficient. One limitation of this approach remains the mutation frequency achievable using standard treatment protocols, which currently generate approximately 1-2 sequence changes per megabase when optimized. In this study we used two strategies to attempt to increase the number of mutations induced by ENU treatment. One approach employed mice carrying a mutation in the DNA repair enzyme Msh6. The second strategy involved injection of ENU to successive generations of mice. To evaluate the number of ENU-induced mutations, single mice or pooled samples were analyzed using whole exome sequencing. The results showed that there is considerable variability in the induced mutation frequency using these approaches, but an overall increase in ENU-induced variants from one generation to another was observed. The analysis of the mice deficient for Msh6 also showed an increase in the ENU-induced variants compared to the wild-type ENU-treated mice. However, in both cases the increase in ENU-induced mutation frequency was modest.

  17. Nitride based quantum well light-emitting devices having improved current injection efficiency

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    Tansu, Nelson; Zhao, Hongping; Liu, Guangyu; Arif, Ronald

    2014-12-09

    A III-nitride based device provides improved current injection efficiency by reducing thermionic carrier escape at high current density. The device includes a quantum well active layer and a pair of multi-layer barrier layers arranged symmetrically about the active layer. Each multi-layer barrier layer includes an inner layer abutting the active layer; and an outer layer abutting the inner layer. The inner barrier layer has a bandgap greater than that of the outer barrier layer. Both the inner and the outer barrier layer have bandgaps greater than that of the active layer. InGaN may be employed in the active layer, AlInN, AlInGaN or AlGaN may be employed in the inner barrier layer, and GaN may be employed in the outer barrier layer. Preferably, the inner layer is thin relative to the other layers. In one embodiment the inner barrier and active layers are 15 .ANG. and 24 .ANG. thick, respectively.

  18. Influence of injection beam emittance on beam transmission efficiency in a cyclotron

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    Kurashima, Satoshi; Kashiwagi, Hirotsugu; Miyawaki, Nobumasa; Yoshida, Ken-Ichi; Okumura, Susumu

    2014-02-01

    The JAEA AVF cyclotron accelerates various kinds of high-energy ion beams for research in biotechnology and materials science. Beam intensities of an ion species of the order of 10-9-10-6 ampere are often required for various experiments performed sequentially over a day. To provide ion beams with sufficient intensity and stability, an operator has to retune an ion source in a short time. However, the beam intensity downstream of the cyclotron rarely increases in proportion to the intensity at the ion source. To understand the cause of this beam behavior, transmission efficiencies of a 12C5+ beam from an electron cyclotron resonance ion source to the cyclotron were measured for various conditions of the ion source. Moreover, a feasible region for acceleration in the emittance of the injection beam was clarified using a transverse-acceptance measuring system. We confirmed that the beam emittance and profile were changed depending on the condition of the ion source and that matching between the beam emittance and the acceptance of the cyclotron was degraded. However, after fine-tuning to improve the matching, beam intensity downstream of the cyclotron increased.

  19. Improvement of ENU Mutagenesis Efficiency Using Serial Injection and Mismatch Repair Deficiency Mice

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    Pitstick, Rose; Peters, Janet; Carlson, George A.

    2016-01-01

    ENU mutagenesis is a powerful method for generating novel lines of mice that are informative with respect to both fundamental biological processes and human disease. Rapid developments in genomic technology have made the task of identifying causal mutations by positional cloning remarkably efficient. One limitation of this approach remains the mutation frequency achievable using standard treatment protocols, which currently generate approximately 1–2 sequence changes per megabase when optimized. In this study we used two strategies to attempt to increase the number of mutations induced by ENU treatment. One approach employed mice carrying a mutation in the DNA repair enzyme Msh6. The second strategy involved injection of ENU to successive generations of mice. To evaluate the number of ENU-induced mutations, single mice or pooled samples were analyzed using whole exome sequencing. The results showed that there is considerable variability in the induced mutation frequency using these approaches, but an overall increase in ENU-induced variants from one generation to another was observed. The analysis of the mice deficient for Msh6 also showed an increase in the ENU-induced variants compared to the wild-type ENU-treated mice. However, in both cases the increase in ENU-induced mutation frequency was modest. PMID:27441645

  20. Anti-damping spin transfer torque through epitaxial nickel oxide

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    Moriyama, Takahiro; Nagata, Masaki; Yoshimura, Yoko; Matsuzaki, Noriko; Ono, Teruo; Takei, So; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Terashima, Takahito

    2015-04-20

    We prepare the high quality epitaxial MgO(001)[100]/Pt(001)[100]/NiO(001)[100]/FeNi/SiO{sub 2} films to investigate the spin transport in the NiO antiferromagnetic insulator. The ferromagnetic resonance measurements of the FeNi under a spin current injection from the Pt by the spin Hall effect revealed the change of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth depending on the amount of the spin current injection. The results can be interpreted that there is an angular momentum transfer through the NiO. A high efficient angular momentum transfer we observed in the epitaxial NiO can be attributed to the well-defined orientation of the antiferromagnetic moments and the spin quantization axis of the injected spin current.

  1. Spin-transistor action via tunable Landau-Zener transitions.

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    Betthausen, C; Dollinger, T; Saarikoski, H; Kolkovsky, V; Karczewski, G; Wojtowicz, T; Richter, K; Weiss, D

    2012-07-20

    Spin-transistor designs relying on spin-orbit interaction suffer from low signal levels resulting from low spin-injection efficiency and fast spin decay. Here, we present an alternative approach in which spin information is protected by propagating this information adiabatically. We demonstrate the validity of our approach in a cadmium manganese telluride diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum well structure in which efficient spin transport is observed over device distances of 50 micrometers. The device is turned "off" by introducing diabatic Landau-Zener transitions that lead to a backscattering of spins, which are controlled by a combination of a helical and a homogeneous magnetic field. In contrast to other spin-transistor designs, we find that our concept is tolerant against disorder.

  2. Intramyocardial Injection of siRNAs Can Efficiently Establish Myocardial Tissue-Specific Renalase Knockdown Mouse Model

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    Liu, Ju; Zhang, Hui

    2016-01-01

    Ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury will cause additional death of cardiomyocytes in ischaemic heart disease. Recent studies revealed that renalase was involved in the I/R injury. So, the myocardial tissue-specific knockdown mouse models were needed for the investigations of renalase. To establish the mouse models, intramyocardial injection of siRNAs targeting renalase was performed in mice. The wild distribution and high transfection efficiency of the siRNAs were approved. And the renalase expression was efficiently suppressed in myocardial tissue. Compared with the high cost, time consumption, and genetic compensation risk of the Cre/loxP technology, RNA interference (RNAi) technology is much cheaper and less time-consuming. Among the RNAi technologies, injection of siRNAs is safer than virus. And considering the properties of the I/R injury mouse models, the efficiency and durability of injection with siRNAs are acceptable for the studies. Altogether, intramyocardial injection of siRNAs targeting renalase is an economical, safe, and efficient method to establish myocardial tissue-specific renalase knockdown mouse models. PMID:27868059

  3. Spintronics: a spin-based electronics vision for the future.

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    Wolf, S A; Awschalom, D D; Buhrman, R A; Daughton, J M; von Molnár, S; Roukes, M L; Chtchelkanova, A Y; Treger, D M

    2001-11-16

    This review describes a new paradigm of electronics based on the spin degree of freedom of the electron. Either adding the spin degree of freedom to conventional charge-based electronic devices or using the spin alone has the potential advantages of nonvolatility, increased data processing speed, decreased electric power consumption, and increased integration densities compared with conventional semiconductor devices. To successfully incorporate spins into existing semiconductor technology, one has to resolve technical issues such as efficient injection, transport, control and manipulation, and detection of spin polarization as well as spin-polarized currents. Recent advances in new materials engineering hold the promise of realizing spintronic devices in the near future. We review the current state of the spin-based devices, efforts in new materials fabrication, issues in spin transport, and optical spin manipulation.

  4. Evidence of Spin-Injection-Induced Cooper Pair Breaking in Perovskite Ferromagnet-Insulator-Superconductor Heterostructures via Pulsed Current Measurements

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    Yeh, N. C.; Samoilov, A. V.; Veasquez, R. P.; Li, Y.

    1998-01-01

    The effect of spin-polarized currents on the critical current densities of cuprate superconductors is investigated in perovskite ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor heterostructures with a pulsed current technique.

  5. Evidence of Spin-Injection-Induced Cooper Pair Breaking in Perovskite Ferromagnet-Insulator-Superconductor Heterostructures via Pulsed Current Measurements

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    Yeh, N. C.; Samoilov, A. V.; Veasquez, R. P.; Li, Y.

    1998-01-01

    The effect of spin-polarized currents on the critical current densities of cuprate superconductors is investigated in perovskite ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor heterostructures with a pulsed current technique.

  6. Highly efficient spin polarizer based on individual heterometallic cubane single-molecule magnets

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    Dong, Damin

    2015-09-01

    The spin-polarized transport across a single-molecule magnet [Mn3Zn(hmp)3O(N3)3(C3H5O2)3].2CHCl3 has been investigated using a density functional theory combined with Keldysh non-equilibrium Green's function formalism. It is shown that this single-molecule magnet has perfect spin filter behaviour. By adsorbing Ni3 cluster onto non-magnetic Au electrode, a large magnetoresistance exceeding 172% is found displaying molecular spin valve feature. Due to the tunneling via discrete quantum-mechanical states, the I-V curve has a stepwise character and negative differential resistance behaviour.

  7. Hanle-effect measurements of spin injection from Mn{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.8}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-contacts into degenerately doped Ge channels on Si

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    Fischer, Inga Anita Rolseth, Erlend; Reiter, Sebastian; Schulze, Jörg; Chang, Li-Te; Tang, Jianshi; Wang, Kang L.; Sürgers, Christoph; Stefanov, Stefan; Chiussi, Stefano

    2014-12-01

    We report electrical spin injection and detection in degenerately doped n-type Ge channels using Mn{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.8}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/n{sup +}-Ge tunneling contacts for spin injection and detection. The whole structure is integrated on a Si wafer for complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatibility. From three-terminal Hanle-effect measurements, we observe a spin accumulation up to 10 K. The spin lifetime is extracted to be 38 ps at T = 4 K using Lorentzian fitting, and the spin diffusion length is estimated to be 367 nm due to the high diffusion coefficient of the highly doped Ge channel.

  8. Electrical spin injection in InAs quantum dots at room temperature and adjustment of the emission wavelength for spintronic applications

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    Ludwig, A.; Roescu, R.; Rai, A. K.; Trunov, K.; Stromberg, F.; Li, M.; Soldat, H.; Ebbing, A.; Gerhardt, N. C.; Hofmann, M. R.; Wende, H.; Keune, W.; Reuter, D.; Wieck, A. D.

    2011-05-01

    We have observed room temperature (RT) electrical spin injection in an InAs quantum dot (QD) light emitting diode (LED) grown on a p-type GaAs substrate from a ferromagnetic Fe/Tb electrode with strong out-of-plane anisotropy in remanence, i.e. without applied magnetic field. The QDs in the LED emit at 1275 nm (ground state luminescence), which is beyond the range for highly sensitive detectors, and therefore not optimum for various applications, e.g. quantum information studies. We will present two different ways to blue-shift the emission wavelength and discuss the advantages and drawbacks of the experiments.

  9. Efficiency of rejection-free dynamic Monte Carlo methods for homogeneous spin models, hard disk systems, and hard sphere systems.

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    Watanabe, Hiroshi; Yukawa, Satoshi; Novotny, M A; Ito, Nobuyasu

    2006-08-01

    We construct asymptotic arguments for the relative efficiency of rejection-free Monte Carlo (MC) methods compared to the standard MC method. We find that the efficiency is proportional to exp(constbeta) in the Ising, sqrt[beta] in the classical XY, and beta in the classical Heisenberg spin systems with inverse temperature beta, regardless of the dimension. The efficiency in hard particle systems is also obtained, and found to be proportional to (rho(cp)-rho)(-d) with the closest packing density rho(cp), density rho, and dimension d of the systems. We construct and implement a rejection-free Monte Carlo method for the hard-disk system. The RFMC has a greater computational efficiency at high densities, and the density dependence of the efficiency is as predicted by our arguments.

  10. Charge and spin-dependent thermal efficiency of polythiophene molecular junction in presence of dephasing

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    Golsanamlou, Z.; M. Bagheri, Tagani; H. Rahimpour, Soleimani

    2015-10-01

    The charge and spin-dependent thermoelectric properties of different lengths of polythiophene in a molecular junction are investigated using the Büttiker probe method within Green function formalism in linear response regime. The coupling of the molecular chain to three-dimensional ferromagnetic electrodes is described by a tight-binding model for both parallel and antiparallel spin configurations. The decrease of height of transmission probability peaks and thermoelectric coefficients are observed in the presence of the Büttiker probes. The reduction is more intensive in the strong dephased chains. Results show that the spin magnetothermopower is bigger than the charge magnetothermopower due to the larger difference between the spin thermopowers with respect to the charge ones. In addition, we observed that the kind of carriers participating in the thermoelectric transport depends on the number of the thiophene rings.

  11. Efficient cluster Monte Carlo algorithm for Ising spin glasses in more than two space dimensions

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    Ochoa, Andrew J.; Zhu, Zheng; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2015-03-01

    A cluster algorithm that speeds up slow dynamics in simulations of nonplanar Ising spin glasses away from criticality is urgently needed. In theory, the cluster algorithm proposed by Houdayer poses no advantage over local moves in systems with a percolation threshold below 50%, such as cubic lattices. However, we show that the frustration present in Ising spin glasses prevents the growth of system-spanning clusters at temperatures roughly below the characteristic energy scale J of the problem. Adding Houdayer cluster moves to simulations of Ising spin glasses for T ~ J produces a speedup that grows with the system size over conventional local moves. We show results for the nonplanar quasi-two-dimensional Chimera graph of the D-Wave Two quantum annealer, as well as conventional three-dimensional Ising spin glasses, where in both cases the addition of cluster moves speeds up thermalization visibly in the physically-interesting low temperature regime.

  12. Spin transfer driven resonant expulsion of a magnetic vortex core for efficient rf detector

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    Menshawy, S.; Jenkins, A. S.; Merazzo, K. J.; Vila, L.; Ferreira, R.; Cyrille, M.-C.; Ebels, U.; Bortolotti, P.; Kermorvant, J.; Cros, V.

    2017-05-01

    Spin transfer magnetization dynamics have led to considerable advances in Spintronics, including opportunities for new nanoscale radiofrequency devices. Among the new functionalities is the radiofrequency (rf) detection using the spin diode rectification effect in spin torque nano-oscillators (STNOs). In this study, we focus on a new phenomenon, the resonant expulsion of a magnetic vortex in STNOs. This effect is observed when the excitation vortex radius, due to spin torques associated to rf currents, becomes larger than the actual radius of the STNO. This vortex expulsion is leading to a sharp variation of the voltage at the resonant frequency. Here we show that the detected frequency can be tuned by different parameters; furthermore, a simultaneous detection of different rf signals can be achieved by real time measurements with several STNOs having different diameters. This result constitutes a first proof-of-principle towards the development of a new kind of nanoscale rf threshold detector.

  13. Atomic Scale Investigation of a Graphene Nano-ribbon Based High Efficiency Spin Valve

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    Sun, Qing-Qing; Wang, Lu-Hao; Yang, Wen; Zhou, Peng; Wang, Peng-Fei; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhang, David Wei

    2013-01-01

    Graphene nanoribbons based electronic devices present many interesting physical properties. We designed and investigated the spin-dependent electron transport of a device configuration, which is easy to be fabricated, with an oxygen-terminated ZGNR central scatter region between two hydrogen-terminated ZGNR electrodes. According to the analysis based on non-equilibrium Green's function and density functional theory, the proposed device could maintain its good spin-filter performance (80% to 99%) and have a stable magneto resistance value up to 105%. The spin dependent electron transmission spectrum and space-resolve density of states are employed to investigate the physical origin of the spin-polarized current and magneto resistance. PMID:24132194

  14. Efficiency and safety of subconjunctival injection of anti-VEGF agent – bevacizumab – in treating dry eye

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    Jiang, Xiaodan; Lv, Huibin; Qiu, Weiqiang; Liu, Ziyuan; Li, Xuemin; Wang, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Dry eye is a chronic inflammatory ocular surface disease with high prevalence. The current therapies for dry eye remain to be unspecific and notcomprehensive. This study aims to explore safety and efficacy of a novel treatment – subconjunctival injection of bevacizumab – in dry eye patients. Methods Sixty-four eyes of 32 dry eye patients received subconjunctival injection of 100 μL 25 mg/mL bevacizumab. Dry eye symptoms, signs (corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, conjunctival vascularity, corneal staining, tear break-up time, Marx line score, and blood pressure), and conjunctival impression cytology were evaluated 3 days before and 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after injection. Results Significant improvements were observed in dry eye symptoms, tear break-up time, and conjunctival vascularization area at all the visits after injection compared to the baseline (P<0.05). The density of the goblet cell increased significantly at 1 month and 3 months after injection (P<0.05). There was no visual and systemic threat observed in any patient. Conclusion Subconjunctival injection of 100 μL 25 mg/mL bevacizumab is a safe and efficient treatment for ocular surface inflammation of dry eye disease. PMID:26109847

  15. THE MOST MASSIVE ACTIVE BLACK HOLES AT z ∼ 1.5-3.5 HAVE HIGH SPINS AND RADIATIVE EFFICIENCIES

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    Trakhtenbrot, Benny

    2014-07-01

    The radiative efficiencies (η) of 72 luminous unobscured active galactic nuclei at z ∼ 1.5-3.5, powered by some of the most massive black holes (BHs), are constrained. The analysis is based on accretion disk (AD) models, which link the continuum luminosity at rest-frame optical wavelengths and the BH mass (M {sub BH}) to the accretion rate through the AD, M-dot {sub AD}. The data are gathered from several literature samples with detailed measurements of the Hβ emission line complex, observed at near-infrared bands. When coupled with standard estimates of bolometric luminosities (L {sub bol}), the analysis suggests high radiative efficiencies, with most of the sources showing η > 0.2, that is, higher than the commonly assumed value of 0.1, and the expected value for non-spinning BHs (η = 0.057). Even under more conservative assumptions regarding L {sub bol} (i.e., L {sub bol} = 3 × L {sub 5100}), most of the extremely massive BHs in the sample (i.e., M {sub BH} ≳ 3 × 10{sup 9} M {sub ☉}) show radiative efficiencies which correspond to very high BH spins (a {sub *}), with typical values well above a {sub *} ≅ 0.7. These results stand in contrast to the predictions of a ''spin-down'' scenario, in which a series of randomly oriented accretion episodes leads to a {sub *} ∼ 0. Instead, the analysis presented here strongly supports a ''spin-up'' scenario, which is driven by either prolonged accretion or a series of anisotropically oriented accretion episodes. Considering the fact that these extreme BHs require long-duration or continuous accretion to account for their high masses, it is argued that the most probable scenario for the super-massive black holes under study is that of an almost continuous sequence of randomly yet not isotropically oriented accretion episodes.

  16. Efficient calculation of nuclear spin-rotation constants from auxiliary density functional theory.

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    Zuniga-Gutierrez, Bernardo; Camacho-Gonzalez, Monica; Bendana-Castillo, Alfonso; Simon-Bastida, Patricia; Calaminici, Patrizia; Köster, Andreas M

    2015-09-14

    The computation of the spin-rotation tensor within the framework of auxiliary density functional theory (ADFT) in combination with the gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) scheme, to treat the gauge origin problem, is presented. For the spin-rotation tensor, the calculation of the magnetic shielding tensor represents the most demanding computational task. Employing the ADFT-GIAO methodology, the central processing unit time for the magnetic shielding tensor calculation can be dramatically reduced. In this work, the quality of spin-rotation constants obtained with the ADFT-GIAO methodology is compared with available experimental data as well as with other theoretical results at the Hartree-Fock and coupled-cluster level of theory. It is found that the agreement between the ADFT-GIAO results and the experiment is good and very similar to the ones obtained by the coupled-cluster single-doubles-perturbative triples-GIAO methodology. With the improved computational performance achieved, the computation of the spin-rotation tensors of large systems or along Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics trajectories becomes feasible in reasonable times. Three models of carbon fullerenes containing hundreds of atoms and thousands of basis functions are used for benchmarking the performance. Furthermore, a theoretical study of temperature effects on the structure and spin-rotation tensor of the H(12)C-(12)CH-DF complex is presented. Here, the temperature dependency of the spin-rotation tensor of the fluorine nucleus can be used to identify experimentally the so far unknown bent isomer of this complex. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that temperature effects on the spin-rotation tensor are investigated.

  17. Efficient calculation of nuclear spin-rotation constants from auxiliary density functional theory

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    Zuniga-Gutierrez, Bernardo; Camacho-Gonzalez, Monica; Bendana-Castillo, Alfonso; Simon-Bastida, Patricia; Calaminici, Patrizia; Köster, Andreas M.

    2015-09-14

    The computation of the spin-rotation tensor within the framework of auxiliary density functional theory (ADFT) in combination with the gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) scheme, to treat the gauge origin problem, is presented. For the spin-rotation tensor, the calculation of the magnetic shielding tensor represents the most demanding computational task. Employing the ADFT-GIAO methodology, the central processing unit time for the magnetic shielding tensor calculation can be dramatically reduced. In this work, the quality of spin-rotation constants obtained with the ADFT-GIAO methodology is compared with available experimental data as well as with other theoretical results at the Hartree-Fock and coupled-cluster level of theory. It is found that the agreement between the ADFT-GIAO results and the experiment is good and very similar to the ones obtained by the coupled-cluster single-doubles-perturbative triples-GIAO methodology. With the improved computational performance achieved, the computation of the spin-rotation tensors of large systems or along Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics trajectories becomes feasible in reasonable times. Three models of carbon fullerenes containing hundreds of atoms and thousands of basis functions are used for benchmarking the performance. Furthermore, a theoretical study of temperature effects on the structure and spin-rotation tensor of the H{sup 12}C–{sup 12}CH–DF complex is presented. Here, the temperature dependency of the spin-rotation tensor of the fluorine nucleus can be used to identify experimentally the so far unknown bent isomer of this complex. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that temperature effects on the spin-rotation tensor are investigated.

  18. Efficient calculation of nuclear spin-rotation constants from auxiliary density functional theory

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    Zuniga-Gutierrez, Bernardo; Camacho-Gonzalez, Monica; Bendana-Castillo, Alfonso; Simon-Bastida, Patricia; Calaminici, Patrizia; Köster, Andreas M.

    2015-09-01

    The computation of the spin-rotation tensor within the framework of auxiliary density functional theory (ADFT) in combination with the gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) scheme, to treat the gauge origin problem, is presented. For the spin-rotation tensor, the calculation of the magnetic shielding tensor represents the most demanding computational task. Employing the ADFT-GIAO methodology, the central processing unit time for the magnetic shielding tensor calculation can be dramatically reduced. In this work, the quality of spin-rotation constants obtained with the ADFT-GIAO methodology is compared with available experimental data as well as with other theoretical results at the Hartree-Fock and coupled-cluster level of theory. It is found that the agreement between the ADFT-GIAO results and the experiment is good and very similar to the ones obtained by the coupled-cluster single-doubles-perturbative triples-GIAO methodology. With the improved computational performance achieved, the computation of the spin-rotation tensors of large systems or along Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics trajectories becomes feasible in reasonable times. Three models of carbon fullerenes containing hundreds of atoms and thousands of basis functions are used for benchmarking the performance. Furthermore, a theoretical study of temperature effects on the structure and spin-rotation tensor of the H12C-12CH-DF complex is presented. Here, the temperature dependency of the spin-rotation tensor of the fluorine nucleus can be used to identify experimentally the so far unknown bent isomer of this complex. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that temperature effects on the spin-rotation tensor are investigated.

  19. Efficient spin transport through native oxides of nickel and permalloy with platinum and gold overlayers

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    Zink, B. L.; Manno, M.; O'Brien, L.; Lotze, J.; Weiler, M.; Bassett, D.; Mason, S. J.; Goennenwein, S. T. B.; Johnson, M.; Leighton, C.

    2016-05-01

    We present measurements of spin pumping detected by the inverse spin Hall effect voltage and ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy in a series of metallic ferromagnet/normal metal thin film stacks. We compare heterostructures grown in situ to those where either a magnetic or nonmagnetic oxide is introduced between the two metals. The heterostructures, either nickel with a platinum overlayer (Ni/Pt) or the nickel-iron alloy permalloy (Py) with a gold overlayer (Py/Au), were also characterized in detail using grazing-incidence x-ray reflectivity, Auger electron spectroscopy, and both SQUID and alternating-gradient magnetometry. We verify the presence of oxide layers, characterize layer thickness, composition, and roughness, and probe saturation magnetization, coercivity, and anisotropy. The results show that while the presence of a nonmagnetic oxide at the interface suppresses spin transport from the ferromagnet to the nonmagnetic metal, a thin magnetic oxide (here the native oxide formed on both Py and Ni) somewhat enhances the product of the spin-mixing conductance and the spin Hall angle. We also observe clear evidence of an out-of-plane component of magnetic anisotropy in Ni/Pt samples that is enhanced in the presence of the native oxide, resulting in perpendicular exchange bias. Finally, the dc inverse spin Hall voltages generated at ferromagnetic resonance in our Py/Au samples are large, and suggest values for the spin Hall angle in gold of 0.04 <αSH<0.22 , in line with the highest values reported for Au. This is interpreted as resulting from Fe impurities. We present indirect evidence that the Au films described here indeed have significant impurity levels.

  20. Two-dimensional ferromagnet/semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenide contacts: p-type Schottky barrier and spin-injection control

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    Gan, Li-Yong; Zhang, Qingyun; Cheng, Yingchun; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2013-12-01

    We study the ferromagnet/semiconductor contacts formed by transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers, focusing on semiconducting MoS2 and WS2 and ferromagnetic VS2. We investigate the degree of p-type doping and demonstrate tuning of the Schottky barrier height by vertical compressive pressure. An analytical model is presented for the barrier heights that accurately describes the numerical findings and is expected to be of general validity for all transition metal dichalcogenide metal/semiconductor contacts. Furthermore, magnetic proximity effects induce a 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level in the semiconductor where the spin splitting increases up to 0.70 eV for increasing pressure.

  1. Effect of alternating injection and production wells on the efficiency of water flooding

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    Kukreti, A.R.; Civan, F.; Rajapaksa, Y.

    1987-01-01

    The effect of alternating injection and production wells on the performance of water flooding for a three-dimensional, pi-shaped oil trap is investigated by means of a finite element solution of an immiscible flow model.

  2. Lower limits of spin detection efficiency for two-parameter two-qubit (TPTQ) states with non-ideal ferromagnetic detectors

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    Majd, Nayereh; Ghasemi, Zahra

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated a TPTQ state as an input state of a non-ideal ferromagnetic detectors. Minimal spin polarization required to demonstrate spin entanglement according to entanglement witness and CHSH inequality with respect to (w.r.t.) their two free parameters have been found, and we have numerically shown that the entanglement witness is less stringent than the direct tests of Bell's inequality in the form of CHSH in the entangled limits of its free parameters. In addition, the lower limits of spin detection efficiency fulfilling secure cryptographic key against eavesdropping have been derived. Finally, we have considered TPTQ state as an output of spin decoherence channel and the region of ballistic transmission time w.r.t. spin relaxation time and spin dephasing time has been found.

  3. Efficiency of four-wave mixing in injection-locked InAs/GaAs quantum-dot lasers

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    Huang, H.; Arsenijević, D.; Schires, K.; Sadeev, T.; Erasme, D.; Bimberg, D.; Grillot, F.

    2016-12-01

    Frequency conversion using highly non-degenerate four-wave mixing is investigated in optically injection-locked InAs/GaAs quantum-dot Fabry-Perot lasers with different ridge waveguide dimensions. Conversion efficiencies up to -16 dB with a large optical signal-to-noise ratios of 36 dB are unveiled. The conversion bandwidth is extended to 4 THz with a quasi-symmetrical response between up- and down-converted signals.

  4. Effect of external turbulence on the efficiency of film cooling with coolant injection into a transverse trench

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    Khalatov, A. A.; Panchenko, N. A.; Severin, S. D.

    2017-09-01

    Film cooling is among the basic methods used for thermal protection of blades in modern high-temperature gas turbines. Results of computer simulation of film cooling with coolant injection via a row of conventional inclined holes or a row of holes in a trench are presented in this paper. The ANSYS CFX 14 commercial software package was used for CFD-modeling. The effect is studied of the mainstream turbulence on the film cooling efficiency for the blowing ratio range between 0.6 and 2.3 and three different turbulence intensities of 1, 5, and 10%. The mainstream velocity was 150 and 400 m/s, while the temperatures of the mainstream and the injected coolant were 1100 and 500°C, respectively. It is demonstrated that, for the coolant injection via one row of trenched holes, an increase in the mainstream turbulence intensity reduces the film cooling efficiency in the entire investigated range of blowing ratios. It was revealed that freestream turbulence had varied effects on the film cooling efficiency depending on the blowing ratio and mainstream velocity in a blade channel. Thus, an increase in the mainstream turbulence intensity from 1 to 10% decreases the surface-averaged film cooling efficiency by 3-10% at a high mainstream velocity (400 m/s) in the blade channel and by 12-23% at a moderate velocity (of 150 m/s). Here, lower film cooling efficiencies correspond to higher blowing ratios. The effect of mainstream turbulence intensity on the film cooling efficiency decreases with increasing the mainstream velocity in the modeled channel for both investigated configurations.

  5. Efficient barrier for charge injection in polyethylene by silver nanoparticles/plasma polymer stack

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    Milliere, L.; Makasheva, K. Laurent, C.; Despax, B.; Teyssedre, G.

    2014-09-22

    Charge injection from a metal/insulator contact is a process promoting the formation of space charge in polymeric insulation largely used in thick layers in high voltage equipment. The internal charge perturbs the field distribution and can lead to catastrophic failure either through its electrostatic effects or through energetic processes initiated under charge recombination and/or hot electrons effects. Injection is still ill-described in polymeric insulation due to the complexity of the contact between the polymer chains and the electrodes. Barrier heights derived from the metal work function and the polymer electronic affinity do not provide a good description of the measurements [Taleb et al., IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul. 20, 311–320 (2013)]. Considering the difficulty to describe the contact properties and the need to prevent charge injection in polymers for high voltage applications, we developed an alternative approach by tailoring the interface properties by the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)/plasma polymer stack, deposited on the polymer film. Due to their small size, the AgNPs, covered by a very thin film of plasma polymer, act as deep traps for the injected charges thereby stabilizing the interface from the point of view of charge injection. After a quick description of the method for elaborating the nanostructured layer near the contact, it is demonstrated how the AgNPs/plasma polymer stack effectively prevents, in a spectacular way, the formation of bulk space charge.

  6. Efficient barrier for charge injection in polyethylene by silver nanoparticles/plasma polymer stack

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    Milliere, L.; Makasheva, K.; Laurent, C.; Despax, B.; Teyssedre, G.

    2014-09-01

    Charge injection from a metal/insulator contact is a process promoting the formation of space charge in polymeric insulation largely used in thick layers in high voltage equipment. The internal charge perturbs the field distribution and can lead to catastrophic failure either through its electrostatic effects or through energetic processes initiated under charge recombination and/or hot electrons effects. Injection is still ill-described in polymeric insulation due to the complexity of the contact between the polymer chains and the electrodes. Barrier heights derived from the metal work function and the polymer electronic affinity do not provide a good description of the measurements [Taleb et al., IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul. 20, 311-320 (2013)]. Considering the difficulty to describe the contact properties and the need to prevent charge injection in polymers for high voltage applications, we developed an alternative approach by tailoring the interface properties by the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)/plasma polymer stack, deposited on the polymer film. Due to their small size, the AgNPs, covered by a very thin film of plasma polymer, act as deep traps for the injected charges thereby stabilizing the interface from the point of view of charge injection. After a quick description of the method for elaborating the nanostructured layer near the contact, it is demonstrated how the AgNPs/plasma polymer stack effectively prevents, in a spectacular way, the formation of bulk space charge.

  7. Using an organic radical precursor as an electron injection material for efficient and stable organic light-emitting diodes

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    Bin, Zhengyang; Liu, Ziyang; Wei, Pengcheng; Duan, Lian; Qiu, Yong

    2016-04-01

    Materials with strong reducibility have been used as electron injection layers (EILs) to lower the work function of cathodes and reduce the driving voltage of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). However, the most prominent electron injection materials presented so far are high-temperature-evaporable inorganic salts based on alkaline metals, which suffer from a high tendency of metal diffusion throughout the organic layer and thus reduce the device efficiency and stability. Here, we introduce a new kind of EIL based on a stable precursor of a strongly reducing organic radical. By using an organic precursor, we are able to take the advantage of the low-evaporation-temperature and avoid the problem of metal diffusion, thus improving the device efficiency and stability. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) study indicates that inserting a thin layer of organic radical between the electron transport layer and cathode could greatly reduce the electron injection barrier due to the strong interaction of radical with cathode and the electron transporting material. As a result, OLEDs with an organic radical as the EIL showed a 25.2% higher efficiency and 2.2 times longer lifetime than the control device with conventional LiF as the EIL.

  8. Laser-assisted metal spinning for an efficient and flexible processing of challenging materials

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    Brummer, C.; Eck, S.; Marsoner, S.; Arntz, K.; Klocke, F.

    2016-03-01

    The demand for components made from high performance materials like titanium or nickel-based alloys as well as strain-hardening stainless steel is steadily increasing. However, conventional forming operations conducted on these materials are generally very laborious and time-consuming. This is where the limitations of metal spinning also become apparent. Using a laser to apply heat localized to the forming zone during metal spinning facilitates to enhance the formability of a material. In order to analyse the potential of the new manufacturing process, experimental investigations on laser-assisted shear forming and multi-pass metal spinning have been performed with austenitic stainless steel X5CrNi18-10, nickel-based alloy Inconel 718 and titanium grade 2. It could be demonstrated that the formability of these materials can be enhanced by laser-assistance. Besides the resulting enhancement of forming limits for metal spinning of challenging materials, the forming forces were reduced and the product quality was improved significantly.

  9. High-efficiency resonant amplification of weak magnetic fields for single spin magnetometry at room temperature

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    Trifunovic, Luka; Pedrocchi, Fabio L.; Hoffman, Silas; Maletinsky, Patrick; Yacoby, Amir; Loss, Daniel

    2015-06-01

    Magnetic resonance techniques not only provide powerful imaging tools that have revolutionized medicine, but they have a wide spectrum of applications in other fields of science such as biology, chemistry, neuroscience and physics. However, current state-of-the-art magnetometers are unable to detect a single nuclear spin unless the tip-to-sample separation is made sufficiently small. Here, we demonstrate theoretically that by placing a ferromagnetic particle between a nitrogen-vacancy magnetometer and a target spin, the magnetometer sensitivity is improved dramatically. Using materials and techniques that are already experimentally available, our proposed set-up is sensitive enough to detect a single nuclear spin within ten milliseconds of data acquisition at room temperature. The sensitivity is practically unchanged when the ferromagnet surface to the target spin separation is smaller than the ferromagnet lateral dimensions; typically about a tenth of a micrometre. This scheme further benefits when used for nitrogen-vacancy ensemble measurements, enhancing sensitivity by an additional three orders of magnitude.

  10. Benefits and Costs of Brine Extraction for Increasing Injection Efficiency In geologic CO2 Sequestration

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    Davidson, Casie L.; Watson, David J.; Dooley, James J.; ...

    2014-12-31

    Pressure increases attendant with CO2 injection into the subsurface drive many of the risk factors associated with commercial-scale CCS projects, impacting project costs and liabilities in a number of ways. The area of elevated pressure defines the area that must be characterized and monitored; pressure drives fluid flow out of the storage reservoir along higher-permeability pathways that might exist through the caprock into overlying aquifers or hydrocarbon reservoirs; and pressure drives geomechanical changes that could potentially impact subsurface infrastructure or the integrity of the storage system itself. Pressure also limits injectivity, which can increase capital costs associated with installing additionalmore » wells to meet a given target injection rate. The ability to mitigate pressure increases in storage reservoirs could have significant value to a CCS project, but these benefits are offset by the costs of the pressure mitigation technique itself. Of particular interest for CO2 storage operators is the lifetime cost of implementing brine extraction at a CCS project site, and the relative value of benefits derived from the extraction process. This is expected to vary from site to site and from one implementation scenario to the next. Indeed, quantifying benefits against costs could allow operators to optimize their return on project investment by calculating the most effective scenario for pressure mitigation. This work builds on research recently submitted for publication by the authors examining the costs and benefits of brine extraction across operational scenarios to evaluate the effects of fluid extraction on injection rate to assess the cost effectiveness of several options for reducing the number of injection wells required. Modeling suggests that extracting at 90% of the volumetric equivalent of injection rate resulted in a 1.8% improvement in rate over a non-extraction base case; a four-fold increase in extraction rate results in a 7

  11. Benefits and Costs of Brine Extraction for Increasing Injection Efficiency In geologic CO2 Sequestration

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    Davidson, Casie L.; Watson, David J.; Dooley, James J.; Dahowski, Robert T.

    2014-12-31

    Pressure increases attendant with CO2 injection into the subsurface drive many of the risk factors associated with commercial-scale CCS projects, impacting project costs and liabilities in a number of ways. The area of elevated pressure defines the area that must be characterized and monitored; pressure drives fluid flow out of the storage reservoir along higher-permeability pathways that might exist through the caprock into overlying aquifers or hydrocarbon reservoirs; and pressure drives geomechanical changes that could potentially impact subsurface infrastructure or the integrity of the storage system itself. Pressure also limits injectivity, which can increase capital costs associated with installing additional wells to meet a given target injection rate. The ability to mitigate pressure increases in storage reservoirs could have significant value to a CCS project, but these benefits are offset by the costs of the pressure mitigation technique itself. Of particular interest for CO2 storage operators is the lifetime cost of implementing brine extraction at a CCS project site, and the relative value of benefits derived from the extraction process. This is expected to vary from site to site and from one implementation scenario to the next. Indeed, quantifying benefits against costs could allow operators to optimize their return on project investment by calculating the most effective scenario for pressure mitigation. This work builds on research recently submitted for publication by the authors examining the costs and benefits of brine extraction across operational scenarios to evaluate the effects of fluid extraction on injection rate to assess the cost effectiveness of several options for reducing the number of injection wells required. Modeling suggests that extracting at 90% of the volumetric equivalent of injection rate resulted in a 1.8% improvement in rate over a non-extraction base case; a four-fold increase in extraction rate results in a 7.6% increase in

  12. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2005-09-28

    The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in more efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. To achieve this objective, we divided the report into two chapters. The first chapter was to image and perform experimental investigation of transfer mechanisms during CO{sub 2} flooding in NFR and HFR using X-ray CT scanner. In this chapter, we emphasized our work on understanding the connection between fracture properties and fundamentals of transfer mechanism from matrix to fractures and fluid flow through fracture systems. We started our work by investigating the effect of different overburden pressures and stress-state conditions on rock properties and fluid flow. Since the fracture aperture is one of important parameter that governs the fluid flow through the fracture systems, the average fracture aperture from the fluid flow experiments and fracture aperture distribution derived from X-ray CT scan were estimated for our modeling purposes. The fracture properties and fluid flow have significant changes in response to different overburden pressures and stress-state conditions. The fracture aperture distribution follows lognormal distribution even at elevated stress conditions. Later, we also investigated the fluid transfers between matrix and fracture that control imbibition process. We evaluated dimensionless time for validating the scheme of upscaling laboratory experiments to field dimensions. In CO{sub 2} injection experiments, the use of X-ray CT has allowed us to understand the mechanisms of CO{sub 2} flooding process in fractured system and to take important steps in reducing oil bypassed. When CO{sub 2} flooding experiments were performed on a short core with a fracture at the center of the core, the gravity plays an important role in the recovery of oil

  13. Subureteral Injection with Small-Size Dextranomer/Hyaluronic Acid Copolymer: Is It Really Efficient?

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    Tan, Özgür; Farahvash, Amirali; Senol, Cem; Gümüstas, Hüseyin; Atay, Irfan; Deniz, Nuri

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical results of patients with vesicoureteral reflux, which were treated with subureteral injection of small-size (80–120 μm) dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer (Dx/HA). Data of 75 children (105 renal units) who underwent STING procedure with small-size Dx/HA for the treatment of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in our clinic between 2008 and 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. Preoperative reflux grade and side, injection indication, postoperative urinary infections and urinary symptoms, voiding cystourethrogram, and renal scintigraphy results were evaluated. The success rate of the procedure was 100% in patients with grades 1 and 2 reflux, 91% in patients with grade 3 reflux, and 82.6% in patients with grade 4. Overall success rate of the treated patients was 97%. Endoscopic subureteric injection with Dx/HA procedure has become a reasonable minimally invasive alternative technique to open surgery, long-term antibiotic prophylaxis, and surveillance modalities in treatment of VUR in terms of easy application, low costs and complication rates, and high success rates. Injection material composed of small-size dextranomer microspheres seems superior to normal size Dx/HA, together with offering similar success with low cost. PMID:28105412

  14. Generation of Efficient Germ-Line Chimeras Using Embryonic Stem Cell Injection.

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    Ritchie, William A

    2015-01-01

    There are many different reasons for producing germ-line chimeras, so a method for producing these is very important both for the testing of stem cells (SC) and for the production of an animal which may be genetically modified (Voncken, Methods Mol Biol 693:11-36, 2011). As with many scientific procedures the theory behind the process is very simple: in this case injection of cells into the blastocoel cavity of an embryo which has developed to the blastocyst stage so as the injected cells can contribute to the inner cell mass (ICM) and hopefully contribute to the germ line of the animal produced (Schneider et al., Stem Cell Rev 5(4):369-377, 2009). Incorporation of the cells into the gonads of the animal produced will allow the testing of those cells and the resulting animal which may be derived from the injected cells (Bradley et al., Nature 309(5965):255-256, 1984). The problems arise because of the size of the cells and the challenge of injection into the blastocoel cavity of a developing embryo.

  15. Non-equilibrium tunneling in zigzag graphene nanoribbon break-junction results in spin filtering

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    Jiang, Liming; Qiu, Wanzhi; Sharafat Hossain, Md; Al-Dirini, Feras; Skafidas, Efstratios; Evans, Robin

    2016-02-07

    Spintronic devices promise new faster and lower energy-consumption electronic systems. Graphene, a versatile material and candidate for next generation electronics, is known to possess interesting spintronic properties. In this paper, by utilizing density functional theory and non-equilibrium green function formalism, we show that Fano resonance can be generated by introducing a break junction in a zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR). Using this effect, we propose a new spin filtering device that can be used for spin injection. Our theoretical results indicate that the proposed device could achieve high spin filtering efficiency (over 90%) at practical fabrication geometries. Furthermore, our results indicate that the ZGNR break junction lattice configuration can dramatically affect spin filtering efficiency and thus needs to be considered when fabricating real devices. Our device can be fabricated on top of spin transport channel and provides good integration between spin injection and spin transport.

  16. Non-equilibrium tunneling in zigzag graphene nanoribbon break-junction results in spin filtering

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    Jiang, Liming; Qiu, Wanzhi; Sharafat Hossain, Md; Al-Dirini, Feras; Evans, Robin; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2016-02-01

    Spintronic devices promise new faster and lower energy-consumption electronic systems. Graphene, a versatile material and candidate for next generation electronics, is known to possess interesting spintronic properties. In this paper, by utilizing density functional theory and non-equilibrium green function formalism, we show that Fano resonance can be generated by introducing a break junction in a zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR). Using this effect, we propose a new spin filtering device that can be used for spin injection. Our theoretical results indicate that the proposed device could achieve high spin filtering efficiency (over 90%) at practical fabrication geometries. Furthermore, our results indicate that the ZGNR break junction lattice configuration can dramatically affect spin filtering efficiency and thus needs to be considered when fabricating real devices. Our device can be fabricated on top of spin transport channel and provides good integration between spin injection and spin transport.

  17. High-efficiency control of spin-wave propagation in ultra-thin yttrium iron garnet by the spin-orbit torque

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    Evelt, M.; Demidov, V. E.; Bessonov, V.; Demokritov, S. O.; Prieto, J. L.; Muñoz, M.; Ben Youssef, J.; Naletov, V. V.; de Loubens, G.; Klein, O.; Collet, M.; Garcia-Hernandez, K.; Bortolotti, P.; Cros, V.; Anane, A.

    2016-04-01

    We study experimentally with submicrometer spatial resolution the propagation of spin waves in microscopic waveguides based on the nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet and Pt layers. We demonstrate that by using the spin-orbit torque, the propagation length of the spin waves in such systems can be increased by nearly a factor of 10, which corresponds to the increase in the spin-wave intensity at the output of a 10 μm long transmission line by three orders of magnitude. We also show that, in the regime, where the magnetic damping is completely compensated by the spin-orbit torque, the spin-wave amplification is suppressed by the nonlinear scattering of the coherent spin waves from current-induced excitations.

  18. High-efficiency control of spin-wave propagation in ultra-thin yttrium iron garnet by the spin-orbit torque

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    Evelt, M.; Demidov, V. E.; Bessonov, V.; Demokritov, S. O.; Prieto, J. L.; Muñoz, M.; Ben Youssef, J.; Naletov, V. V.; Loubens, G. de; Klein, O.

    2016-04-25

    We study experimentally with submicrometer spatial resolution the propagation of spin waves in microscopic waveguides based on the nanometer-thick yttrium iron garnet and Pt layers. We demonstrate that by using the spin-orbit torque, the propagation length of the spin waves in such systems can be increased by nearly a factor of 10, which corresponds to the increase in the spin-wave intensity at the output of a 10 μm long transmission line by three orders of magnitude. We also show that, in the regime, where the magnetic damping is completely compensated by the spin-orbit torque, the spin-wave amplification is suppressed by the nonlinear scattering of the coherent spin waves from current-induced excitations.

  19. Spin-torque resonant expulsion of the vortex core for an efficient radiofrequency detection scheme

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    Jenkins, A. S.; Lebrun, R.; Grimaldi, E.; Tsunegi, S.; Bortolotti, P.; Kubota, H.; Yakushiji, K.; Fukushima, A.; de Loubens, G.; Klein, O.; Yuasa, S.; Cros, V.

    2016-04-01

    It has been proposed that high-frequency detectors based on the so-called spin-torque diode effect in spin transfer oscillators could eventually replace conventional Schottky diodes due to their nanoscale size, frequency tunability and large output sensitivity. Although a promising candidate for information and communications technology applications, the output voltage generated from this effect has still to be improved and, more pertinently, reduces drastically with decreasing radiofrequency (RF) current. Here we present a scheme for a new type of spintronics-based high-frequency detector based on the expulsion of the vortex core in a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). The resonant expulsion of the core leads to a large and sharp change in resistance associated with the difference in magnetoresistance between the vortex ground state and the final C-state configuration. Interestingly, this reversible effect is independent of the incoming RF current amplitude, offering a fast real-time RF threshold detector.

  20. Determination of spin torque efficiencies in heterostructures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Pai, Chi-Feng; Mann, Maxwell; Tan, Aik Jun; Beach, Geoffrey S. D.

    2016-04-01

    We report that by measuring a current-induced hysteresis loop shift versus in-plane bias magnetic field, the spin-Hall effect (SHE) contribution of the current-induced effective field per current density χSHE can be estimated for Pt- and Ta-based magnetic heterostructures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. We apply this technique to a Pt-based sample with its ferromagnetic (FM) layer being wedged deposited and discover an extra effective field contribution χWedged due to the asymmetric nature of the deposited FM layer. We confirm the correlation between χWedged and the asymmetric depinning process in FM layer during magnetization switching by magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. These results indicate the possibility of engineering deterministic spin-orbit torque switching by controlling the symmetry of domain expansion through the materials growth process.

  1. Laboratory Study of the Displacement Coalbed CH4 Process and Efficiency of CO2 and N2 Injection

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    Wang, Liguo; Wang, Yongkang

    2014-01-01

    ECBM displacement experiments are a direct way to observe the gas displacement process and efficiency by inspecting the produced gas composition and flow rate. We conducted two sets of ECBM experiments by injecting N2 and CO2 through four large parallel specimens (300 × 50 × 50 mm coal briquette). N2 or CO2 is injected at pressures of 1.5, 1.8, and 2.2 MPa and various crustal stresses. The changes in pressure along the briquette and the concentration of the gas mixture flowing out of the briquette were analyzed. Gas injection significantly enhances CBM recovery. Experimental recoveries of the original extant gas are in excess of 90% for all cases. The results show that the N2 breakthrough occurs earlier than the CO2 breakthrough. The breakthrough time of N2 is approximately 0.5 displaced volumes. Carbon dioxide, however, breaks through at approximately 2 displaced volumes. Coal can adsorb CO2, which results in a slower breakthrough time. In addition, ground stress significantly influences the displacement effect of the gas injection. PMID:24741346

  2. Laboratory study of the displacement coalbed CH4 process and efficiency of CO2 and N2 injection.

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    Wang, Liguo; Cheng, Yuanping; Wang, Yongkang

    2014-01-01

    ECBM displacement experiments are a direct way to observe the gas displacement process and efficiency by inspecting the produced gas composition and flow rate. We conducted two sets of ECBM experiments by injecting N2 and CO2 through four large parallel specimens (300 × 50 × 50 mm coal briquette). N2 or CO2 is injected at pressures of 1.5, 1.8, and 2.2 MPa and various crustal stresses. The changes in pressure along the briquette and the concentration of the gas mixture flowing out of the briquette were analyzed. Gas injection significantly enhances CBM recovery. Experimental recoveries of the original extant gas are in excess of 90% for all cases. The results show that the N2 breakthrough occurs earlier than the CO2 breakthrough. The breakthrough time of N2 is approximately 0.5 displaced volumes. Carbon dioxide, however, breaks through at approximately 2 displaced volumes. Coal can adsorb CO2, which results in a slower breakthrough time. In addition, ground stress significantly influences the displacement effect of the gas injection.

  3. Enhancement of Pure Spin Currents in Spin Pumping Y3Fe5O12/Cu/metal Trilayers Through Spin Impedance Matching

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    Hammel, P. Chris; Du, Chunhui; Wang, Hailong; Yang, Fengyuan

    2014-03-01

    Spin pumping, driven thermally as well as by Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR), is being widely used to generate pure spin currents from ferromagnets (FM) into normal metals (NM). Typically, the NM is chosen to be a spin-sink-Pt, W or Ta, while lighter metals such as Cu are rarely used, except to decouple the FM and spin sink. The efficiency of spin pumping is largely determined by the spin mixing conductance of the FM/NM interface. Here, we report a comparative study of spin pumping in Y3Fe5O12 /Cu/Pt and Y3Fe5O12 /Cu/W trilayers with varying Cu thicknesses. Remarkably, we find that insertion of a Cu interlayer between YIG and W substantially improves (over a factor of 4) the spin current injection into W while similar insertion between YIG and Pt degrades the spin current. This is a consequence of a much improved YIG/Cu spin mixing conductance relative to that for YIG/W. This result shows that high quality multilayer FM/NM heterostructures can enable spin mixing conductances to be engineered to enable optimal spin pumping efficiency. We acknowledge the Center for Emergent Materials at OSU, a NSF MRSEC (DMR-0820414), the DOE through grant DE-FG02-03ER46054, LakeShore Cryotronics and NSL at OSU.

  4. Simple and efficient improvement of spin image for three-dimensional object recognition

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    Lu, Rongrong; Zhu, Feng; Hao, Yingming; Wu, Qingxiao

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents a highly distinctive and robust local three-dimensional (3-D) feature descriptor named longitude and latitude spin image (LLSI). The whole procedure has two modules: local reference frame (LRF) definition and LLSI feature description. We employ the same technique as Tombari to define the LRF. The LLSI feature descriptor is obtained by stitching the longitude and latitude (LL) image to the original spin image vertically, where the LL image was generated similarly with the spin image by mapping a two-tuple (θ,φ) into a discrete two-dimensional histogram. The performance of the proposed LLSI descriptor was rigorously tested on a number of popular and publicly available datasets. The results showed that our method is more robust with respect to noise and varying mesh resolution than existing techniques. Finally, we tested our LLSI-based algorithm for 3-D object recognition on two popular datasets. Our LLSI-based algorithm achieved recognition rates of 100%, 98.2%, and 96.2%, respectively, when tested on the Bologna, University of Western Australia (UWA) (up to 84% occlusion), UWA datasets (all). Moreover, our LLSI-based algorithm achieved 100% recognition rate on the whole UWA dataset when generating the LLSI descriptor with the LRF proposed by Guo.

  5. A Highly Efficient Six-Stroke Internal Combustion Engine Cycle with Water Injection for In-Cylinder Exhaust Heat Recovery

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    Conklin, Jim; Szybist, James P

    2010-01-01

    A concept is presented here that adds two additional strokes to the four-stroke Otto or Diesel cycle that has the potential to increase fuel efficiency of the basic cycle. The engine cycle can be thought of as a 4 stroke Otto or Diesel cycle followed by a 2-stroke heat recovery steam cycle. Early exhaust valve closing during the exhaust stroke coupled with water injection are employed to add an additional power stroke at the end of the conventional four-stroke Otto or Diesel cycle. An ideal thermodynamics model of the exhaust gas compression, water injection at top center, and expansion was used to investigate this modification that effectively recovers waste heat from both the engine coolant and combustion exhaust gas. Thus, this concept recovers energy from two waste heat sources of current engine designs and converts heat normally discarded to useable power and work. This concept has the potential of a substantial increase in fuel efficiency over existing conventional internal combustion engines, and under appropriate injected water conditions, increase the fuel efficiency without incurring a decrease in power density. By changing the exhaust valve closing angle during the exhaust stroke, the ideal amount of exhaust can be recompressed for the amount of water injected, thereby minimizing the work input and maximizing the mean effective pressure of the steam expansion stroke (MEPsteam). The value of this exhaust valve closing for maximum MEPsteam depends on the limiting conditions of either one bar or the dew point temperature of the expansion gas/moisture mixture when the exhaust valve opens to discard the spent gas mixture in the sixth stroke. The range of MEPsteam calculated for the geometry of a conventional gasoline spark-ignited internal combustion engine and for plausible water injection parameters is from 0.75 to 2.5 bars. Typical combustion mean effective pressures (MEPcombustion) of naturally aspirated gasoline engines are up to 10 bar, thus this

  6. Spin-Circuit Representation of Spin Pumping

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    Roy, Kuntal

    2017-07-01

    Circuit theory has been tremendously successful in translating physical equations into circuit elements in an organized form for further analysis and proposing creative designs for applications. With the advent of new materials and phenomena in the field of spintronics and nanomagnetics, it is imperative to construct the spin-circuit representations for different materials and phenomena. Spin pumping is a phenomenon by which a pure spin current can be injected into the adjacent layers. If the adjacent layer is a material with a high spin-orbit coupling, a considerable amount of charge voltage can be generated via the inverse spin Hall effect allowing spin detection. Here we develop the spin-circuit representation of spin pumping. We then combine it with the spin-circuit representation for the materials having spin Hall effect to show that it reproduces the standard results as in the literature. We further show how complex multilayers can be analyzed by simply writing a netlist.

  7. Enhanced efficiency and brightness in organic light-emitting devices with MoO3 as hole-injection layer

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    Yang, Hui-shan; Wu, Li-shuang

    2017-01-01

    The organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) using 4,4',4"-tris{N-(3-methylphenyl)-N-phenylamin}triphenylamine (m-MTDATA) and MoO3 or 1,3,5-triazo-2,4,6-triphosphorine-2,2,4,4,6,6-tetrachloride (TAPC) and MoO3 as the hole-injection layer (HIL) were fabricated. MoO3 can be expected to be a good injection layer material and thus enhance the emission performance of OLED. The highest occupied molecular (HOMO) of MoO3 is between those of m-MTDATA or TAPC and N,N'-bis-(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (NPB), which reduces the hole-injection barrier and improves the luminance of the OLEDs. The current efficiency is improved compared with that of the device without the MoO3 layer. The highest luminous efficiency of the device with 2-nm-thick MoO3 as HIL is achieved as 5.27 cd/A at 10 V, which is nearly 1.2 times larger than that of the device without it. Moreover, the highest current efficiency and power efficiency of the device with the structure indium-tin oxide (ITO)/TAPC (40 nm)/MoO3 (2 nm)/TcTa:Ir(ppy)3 (10%, 10 nm)/ tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminium (Alq) (60 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al are achieved as 37.15 cd/A and 41.23 lm/W at 3.2 V and 2.8 V, respectively.

  8. Antigen profiling analysis of vaccinia virus injected canine tumors: oncolytic virus efficiency predicted by boolean models.

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    Cecil, Alexander; Gentschev, Ivaylo; Adelfinger, Marion; Nolte, Ingo; Dandekar, Thomas; Szalay, Aladar A

    2014-01-01

    Virotherapy on the basis of oncolytic vaccinia virus (VACV) strains is a novel approach for cancer therapy. In this study we describe for the first time the use of dynamic boolean modeling for tumor growth prediction of vaccinia virus GLV-1h68-injected canine tumors including canine mammary adenoma (ZMTH3), canine mammary carcinoma (MTH52c), canine prostate carcinoma (CT1258), and canine soft tissue sarcoma (STSA-1). Additionally, the STSA-1 xenografted mice were injected with either LIVP 1.1.1 or LIVP 5.1.1 vaccinia virus strains.   Antigen profiling data of the four different vaccinia virus-injected canine tumors were obtained, analyzed and used to calculate differences in the tumor growth signaling network by type and tumor type. Our model combines networks for apoptosis, MAPK, p53, WNT, Hedgehog, TK cell, Interferon, and Interleukin signaling networks. The in silico findings conform with in vivo findings of tumor growth. Boolean modeling describes tumor growth and remission semi-quantitatively with a good fit to the data obtained for all cancer type variants. At the same time it monitors all signaling activities as a basis for treatment planning according to antigen levels. Mitigation and elimination of VACV- susceptible tumor types as well as effects on the non-susceptible type CT1258 are predicted correctly. Thus the combination of Antigen profiling and semi-quantitative modeling optimizes the therapy already before its start.

  9. An efficient parallel algebraic multigrid method for 3D injection moulding simulation based on finite volume method

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    Hu, Zixiang; Zhang, Yun; Liang, Junjie; Shi, Songxin; Zhou, Huamin

    2014-07-01

    Elapsed time is always one of the most important performance measures for polymer injection moulding simulation. Solving pressure correction equations is the most time-consuming part in the mould filling simulation using finite volume method with SIMPLE-like algorithms. Algebraic multigrid (AMG) is one of the most promising methods for this type of elliptic equations. It, thus, has better performance by contrast with some common one-level iterative methods, especially for large problems. And it is also suitable for parallel computing. However, AMG is not easy to be applied due to its complex theory and poor generality for the large range of computational fluid dynamics applications. This paper gives a robust and efficient parallel AMG solver, A1-pAMG, for 3D mould filling simulation of injection moulding. Numerical experiments demonstrate that, A1-pAMG has better parallel performance than the classical AMG, and also has algorithmic scalability in the context of 3D unstructured problems.

  10. P-doping and efficient carrier injection induced by graphene oxide for high performing WSe2 rectification devices

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    Khan, Muhammad Atif; Rathi, Servin; Lee, Inyeal; Li, Lijun; Lim, Dongsuk; Kang, Moonshik; Kim, Gil-Ho

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we fabricated multi-layer WSe2 rectifying diodes using graphene oxide (GO) as p-doping material on one side of the contacting electrodes. This GO layer can reduce the contact resistance by forming a tunneling barrier for efficient hole injection, while it increases the contact resistance for the injection of electrons. Results of Raman shift spectra and the opto-electric response of the device confirmed the p-doping effect caused by the GO layer and the formation of a barrier, respectively. We observed a gate tunable rectification effect with a forward/reverse current ratio of 104 and low reverse bias current of 10-10 A. Applying a GO layer in the fabrication of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides based devices is a very useful method in the applications in future nanotechnologies.

  11. Dual referenced composite free layer design optimization for improving switching efficiency of spin-transfer torque RAM

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    Bell, Roy; Hu, Jiaxi; Victora, R. H.

    2017-05-01

    We present a detailed numerical analysis of switching efficiency for the recently proposed dual referenced composite free layer structure with respect to Gilbert damping. Low anisotropy assistive layers enable reduction of Gilbert damping and an increase of partial spin polarization within those low anisotropy layers—not feasible with single layer structures that require high anisotropy for thermal stability. When the damping of the soft layers is ultra-low, an efficiency (kBT /μ A ) of 8.1 is achieved for the composite structure with perpendicular anisotropy. This represents an improvement of 286% and 913% relative to the state-of-the-art dual-referenced and conventional STT-RAM cells, respectively. Results for structures with longitudinal anisotropy are also presented. A linear calculation of the STT polarization pre-factor is also described that captures all reflections.

  12. Efficient Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Spin-Coated TiO2 Anode Materials

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    Yu, Xiao-Hong; Sun, Zhao-Zong; Lian, Jie; Li, Yi-Tan; Chen, Yan-Xue; Gao, Shang; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ying-Shun; Zhao, Ming-Lin

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 anode materials are prepared on ITO glass by spin-coated method. Dye-sensitized solar cells are assembled with these anodes and natural dyes extracted from radix ophiopogonis by different solvents. The formation and characterization of anode materials are confirmed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Photovoltaic testing results show that energy conversion efficiency could reach 1.67% with fill factor of 0.51, open-circuit voltage of 457 mV, and short-circuit photocurrent density of 7.2 mA/cm2. The short-circuit photocurrent density can reach 7.6 mA/cm2 with efficiency of 1.33.

  13. Efficiency of core light injection from sources in the cladding - Bulk distribution

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    Egalon, Claudio O.; Rogowski, Robert S.

    1992-04-01

    The behavior of the power efficiency of an optical fiber with bulk distribution of sources in its cladding is analyzed. Marcuse's (1988) results for weakly guiding cylindrical fibers with fluorescent sources uniformly distributed in the cladding are confirmed for the bulk distribution case. It is found that power efficiency increases with wavelength and with difference in refractive indices. A new independent variable for the bulk distribution is found, and it is shown that the power efficiency does not always increase with the V number.

  14. Efficiency of core light injection from sources in the cladding - Bulk distribution

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    Egalon, Claudio O.; Rogowski, Robert S.

    1991-01-01

    The behavior of the power efficiency of an optical fiber with bulk distribution of sources in its cladding is analyzed. Marcuse's (1988) results for weakly guiding cylindrical fibers with fluorescent sources uniformly distributed in the cladding are confirmed for the bulk distribution case. It is found that power efficiency increases with wavelength and with difference in refractive indices. A new independent variable for the bulk distribution is found, and it is shown that the power efficiency does not always increase with the V number.

  15. Efficient generation of closed magnetic flux surfaces in a large spherical tokamak using coaxial helicity injection.

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    Raman, R; Nelson, B A; Bell, M G; Jarboe, T R; Mueller, D; Bigelow, T; Leblanc, B; Maqueda, R; Menard, J; Ono, M; Wilson, R

    2006-10-27

    A method of coaxial helicity injection has successfully produced a closed flux current without the use of the central solenoid in the NSTX device, on a size scale closer to a spherical torus reactor, for a proof-of-principle demonstration of this concept. For the first time, a remarkable 60 times current multiplication factor was achieved. Grad-Shafranov plasma equilibrium reconstructions are used to verify the existence of closed flux current. In some discharges the generated current persists for a surprisingly long time approximately 400 ms.

  16. Efficient Generation of Closed Magnetic Flux Surfaces in a Large Spherical Tokamak Using Coaxial Helicity Injection

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    Raman, R.

    2006-10-01

    A method of coaxial helicity injection has successfully produced a closed flux current without the use of the central solenoid in the NSTX device, on a size scale closer to a spherical torus reactor, for a proof-of-principle demonstration of this concept. For the first time, a remarkable 60 times current multiplication factor was achieved. Grad-Shafranov plasma equilibrium reconstructions are used to verify the existence of closed flux current. In some discharges the generated current persists for a surprisingly long time ~400 ms.

  17. N-tert-butylmethanimine N-oxide is an efficient spin-trapping probe for EPR analysis of glutathione thiyl radical

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    Scott, Melanie J.; Billiar, Timothy R.; Stoyanovsky, Detcho A.

    2016-01-01

    The electron spin resonance (EPR) spin-trapping technique allows detection of radical species with nanosecond half-lives. This technique is based on the high rates of addition of radicals to nitrones or nitroso compounds (spin traps; STs). The paramagnetic nitroxides (spin-adducts) formed as a result of reactions between STs and radical species are relatively stable compounds whose EPR spectra represent “structural fingerprints” of the parent radical species. Herein we report a novel protocol for the synthesis of N-tert-butylmethanimine N-oxide (EBN), which is the simplest nitrone containing an α-H and a tertiary α′-C atom. We present EPR spin-trapping proof that: (i) EBN is an efficient probe for the analysis of glutathione thiyl radical (GS•); (ii) β-cyclodextrins increase the kinetic stability of the spin-adduct EBN/•SG; and (iii) in aqueous solutions, EBN does not react with superoxide anion radical (O2−•) to form EBN/•OOH to any significant extent. The data presented complement previous studies within the context of synthetic accessibility to EBN and efficient spin-trapping analysis of GS•. PMID:27941944

  18. Moderate positive spin Hall angle in uranium

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    Singh, Simranjeet; Anguera, Marta; Barco, Enrique del E-mail: cwmsch@rit.edu; Springell, Ross; Miller, Casey W. E-mail: cwmsch@rit.edu

    2015-12-07

    We report measurements of spin pumping and the inverse spin Hall effect in Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}/uranium bilayers designed to study the efficiency of spin-charge interconversion in a super-heavy element. We employ broad-band ferromagnetic resonance on extended films to inject a spin current from the Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20} (permalloy) into the uranium layer, which is then converted into an electric field by the inverse spin Hall effect. Surprisingly, our results suggest a spin mixing conductance of order 2 × 10{sup 19} m{sup −2} and a positive spin Hall angle of 0.004, which are both merely comparable with those of several transition metals. These results thus support the idea that the electronic configuration may be at least as important as the atomic number in governing spin pumping across interfaces and subsequent spin Hall effects. In fact, given that both the magnitude and the sign are unexpected based on trends in d-electron systems, materials with unfilled f-electron orbitals may hold additional exploration avenues for spin physics.

  19. Spin torque resonant vortex core expulsion for an efficient radio-frequency detection scheme

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    Cros, V.; Jenkins, A. S.; Lebrun, R.; Bortolotti, P.; Grimaldi, E.; Tsunegi, S.; Kubota, H.; Yakushiji, K.; Fukushima, A.; Yuasa, S.

    It has been proposed by Tulaparkur et al.[1ref] that a high frequency detector based on the so called spin-diode effect in spin transfer oscillators could eventually replace conventional Schottky diodes, due to their nanoscale size, frequency tunability, and large output sensitivity. Although a promising candidate for ICT applications, the output voltage generated from this effect is consistently low. Here we present a scheme for a new type of spintronics-based high frequency detector based on the expulsion of the vortex core of a magnetic tunnel junction. The resonant expulsion of the core leads to a large and sharp change in resistance associated with the difference in magnetoresistance between the vortex ground state and the final C-state, which is predominantly in either the parallel or anti-parallel direction relative to the polariser layer. Interestingly, this reversible effect is independent of the incoming rf current amplitude, offering a compelling perspective for a fast real-time rf threshold detector. REF : EU FP7 Grant (MOSAIC No. ICT-FP7-317950 is acknowledged.

  20. Towards a highly efficient quantum spin-photon interface for an NV centre based quantum network

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    Bogdanovic, Stefan; Bonato, Cristian; van Dam, Suzanne; Reiserer, Andreas; Zwerver, Anne-Marije; Hanson, Ronald; Quantum Transport Team

    Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond recently emerged as promising candidates for realizing quantum information algorithms due to their remarkable versatility. The spin of these optically active defects can be entangled with their emitted photons, making them an excellent optical interface from the perspective of quantum communication.Recently, we have demonstrated the first building blocks of such networks, performing kilometer scale entanglement of two NV centers and teleportation of quantum information.(1) However, our current protocols are inefficient due to the low emission of NV center's resonant photons into the zero phonon line (ZPL).Here we present our efforts of coupling a single NV center emitter in a diamond membrane to a fiber-based Fabry-Perot microcavity with high finesse (F >104) at cryogenic temperatures. This approach allows spectral tuning of the cavity resonance to the ZPL emission of the NV center, thereby significantly enhancing the resonant photon emission via Purcell effect. Furthermore, the bulk environment of the NV centers protects their spin properties against surface proximity effects, which is of crucial importance for quantum information processing applications. (1) B.Hensen et al., Nature 526, 682 (2015)

  1. Electrical detection of coherent spin precession using the ballistic intrinsic spin Hall effect.

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    Choi, Won Young; Kim, Hyung-jun; Chang, Joonyeon; Han, Suk Hee; Koo, Hyun Cheol; Johnson, Mark

    2015-08-01

    The spin-orbit interaction in two-dimensional electron systems provides an exceptionally rich area of research. Coherent spin precession in a Rashba effective magnetic field in the channel of a spin field-effect transistor and the spin Hall effect are the two most compelling topics in this area. Here, we combine these effects to provide a direct demonstration of the ballistic intrinsic spin Hall effect and to demonstrate a technique for an all-electric measurement of the Datta-Das conductance oscillation, that is, the oscillation in the source-drain conductance due to spin precession. Our hybrid device has a ferromagnet electrode as a spin injector and a spin Hall detector. Results from multiple devices with different channel lengths map out two full wavelengths of the Datta-Das oscillation. We also use the original Datta-Das technique with a single device of fixed length and measure the channel conductance as the gate voltage is varied. Our experiments show that the ballistic spin Hall effect can be used for efficient injection or detection of spin polarized electrons, thereby enabling the development of an integrated spin transistor.

  2. Electrical detection of coherent spin precession using the ballistic intrinsic spin Hall effect

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    Choi, Won Young; Kim, Hyung-Jun; Chang, Joonyeon; Han, Suk Hee; Koo, Hyun Cheol; Johnson, Mark

    2015-08-01

    The spin-orbit interaction in two-dimensional electron systems provides an exceptionally rich area of research. Coherent spin precession in a Rashba effective magnetic field in the channel of a spin field-effect transistor and the spin Hall effect are the two most compelling topics in this area. Here, we combine these effects to provide a direct demonstration of the ballistic intrinsic spin Hall effect and to demonstrate a technique for an all-electric measurement of the Datta-Das conductance oscillation, that is, the oscillation in the source-drain conductance due to spin precession. Our hybrid device has a ferromagnet electrode as a spin injector and a spin Hall detector. Results from multiple devices with different channel lengths map out two full wavelengths of the Datta-Das oscillation. We also use the original Datta-Das technique with a single device of fixed length and measure the channel conductance as the gate voltage is varied. Our experiments show that the ballistic spin Hall effect can be used for efficient injection or detection of spin polarized electrons, thereby enabling the development of an integrated spin transistor.

  3. Thermal spin current from a ferromagnet to silicon by Seebeck spin tunnelling

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    Le Breton, Jean-Christophe; Sharma, Sandeep; Saito, Hidekazu; Yuasa, Shinji; Jansen, Ron

    2011-07-01

    Heat generation by electric current, which is ubiquitous in electronic devices and circuits, raises energy consumption and will become increasingly problematic in future generations of high-density electronics. The control and re-use of heat are therefore important topics for existing and emerging technologies, including spintronics. Recently it was reported that heat flow within a ferromagnet can produce a flow of spin angular momentum--a spin current--and an associated voltage. This spin Seebeck effect has been observed in metallic, insulating and semiconductor ferromagnets with temperature gradients across them. Here we describe and report the demonstration of Seebeck spin tunnelling--a distinctly different thermal spin flow, of purely interfacial nature--generated in a tunnel contact between electrodes of different temperatures when at least one of the electrodes is a ferromagnet. The Seebeck spin current is governed by the energy derivative of the tunnel spin polarization. By exploiting this in ferromagnet-oxide-silicon tunnel junctions, we observe thermal transfer of spins from the ferromagnet to the silicon without a net tunnel charge current. The induced spin accumulation scales linearly with heating power and changes sign when the temperature differential is reversed. This thermal spin current can be used by itself, or in combination with electrical spin injection, to increase device efficiency. The results highlight the engineering of heat transport in spintronic devices and facilitate the functional use of heat.

  4. Thermal spin current from a ferromagnet to silicon by Seebeck spin tunnelling.

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    Le Breton, Jean-Christophe; Sharma, Sandeep; Saito, Hidekazu; Yuasa, Shinji; Jansen, Ron

    2011-06-29

    Heat generation by electric current, which is ubiquitous in electronic devices and circuits, raises energy consumption and will become increasingly problematic in future generations of high-density electronics. The control and re-use of heat are therefore important topics for existing and emerging technologies, including spintronics. Recently it was reported that heat flow within a ferromagnet can produce a flow of spin angular momentum-a spin current-and an associated voltage. This spin Seebeck effect has been observed in metallic, insulating and semiconductor ferromagnets with temperature gradients across them. Here we describe and report the demonstration of Seebeck spin tunnelling-a distinctly different thermal spin flow, of purely interfacial nature-generated in a tunnel contact between electrodes of different temperatures when at least one of the electrodes is a ferromagnet. The Seebeck spin current is governed by the energy derivative of the tunnel spin polarization. By exploiting this in ferromagnet-oxide-silicon tunnel junctions, we observe thermal transfer of spins from the ferromagnet to the silicon without a net tunnel charge current. The induced spin accumulation scales linearly with heating power and changes sign when the temperature differential is reversed. This thermal spin current can be used by itself, or in combination with electrical spin injection, to increase device efficiency. The results highlight the engineering of heat transport in spintronic devices and facilitate the functional use of heat. ©2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved

  5. Extrinsic Rashba spin-orbit coupling effect on silicene spin polarized field effect transistors.

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    Pournaghavi, Nezhat; Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi; Abrishamifar, Adib; Ahmadi, Somaieh

    2017-04-12

    Regarding the spin field effect transistor (spin FET) challenges such as mismatch effect in spin injection and insufficient spin life time, we propose a silicene based device which can be a promising candidate to overcome some of those problems. Using non-equilibrium Green's function method, we investigate the spin-dependent conductance in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon connected to two magnetized leads which are supposed to be either in parallel or anti-parallel configurations. For both configurations, a controllable spin current can be obtained when the Rashba effect is present; thus, we can have a spin filter device. In addition, for anti-parallel configuration, in the absence of Rashba effect, there is an intrinsic energy gap in the system (OFF-state); while, in the presence of Rashba effect, electrons with flipped spin can pass through the channel and make the ON-state. The current voltage (I-V) characteristics which can be tuned by changing the gate voltage or Rashba strength, are studied. More importantly, reducing the mismatch conductivity as well as energy consumption make the silicene based spin FET more efficient relative to the spin FET based on two-dimensional electron gas proposed by Datta and Das. Also, we show that, at the same conditions, the current and [Formula: see text] ratio of silicene based spin FET are significantly greater than that of the graphene based one.

  6. Spin-dependent transport behavior in C60 and Alq3 based spin valves with a magnetite electrode (invited)

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    Zhang, Xianmin; Mizukami, Shigemi; Ma, Qinli; Kubota, Takahide; Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo; Miyazaki, Terunobu

    2014-05-01

    The spin-dependent transport behavior in organic semiconductors (OSs) is generally observed at low temperatures, which likely results from poor spin injection efficiency at room temperature from the ferromagnetic metal electrodes to the OS layer. Possible reasons for this are the low Curie temperature and/or the small spin polarization efficiency for the ferromagnetic electrodes used in these devices. Magnetite has potential as an advanced candidate for use as the electrode in spintronic devices, because it can achieve 100% spin polarization efficiency in theory, and has a high Curie temperature (850 K). Here, we fabricated two types of organic spin valves using magnetite as a high efficiency electrode. C60 and 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq3) were employed as the OS layers. Magnetoresistance ratios of around 8% and over 6% were obtained in C60 and Alq3-based spin valves at room temperature, respectively, which are two of the highest magnetoresistance ratios in organic spin valves reported thus far. The magnetoresistance effect was systemically investigated by varying the thickness of the Alq3 layer. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance ratios for C60 and Alq3-based spin valves were evaluated to gain insight into the spin-dependent transport behavior. This study provides a useful method in designing organic spin devices operated at room temperature.

  7. Direct Blow-Spinning of Nanofibers on a Window Screen for Highly Efficient PM2.5 Removal.

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    Khalid, Bilal; Bai, Xiaopeng; Wei, Hehe; Huang, Ya; Wu, Hui; Cui, Yi

    2017-02-08

    Particulate matter (PM) pollution has caused many serious public health issues. Whereas indoor air protection usually relies on expensive and energy-consuming filtering devices, direct PM filtration by window screens has attracted increasing attention. Recently, electrospun polymer nanofiber networks have been developed as transparent filters for highly efficient PM2.5 removal; however, it remains challenging to uniformly coat the nanofibers on window screens on a large scale and with low cost. Here, we report a blow-spinning technique that is fast, efficient, and free of high voltages for the large-scale direct coating of nanofibers onto window screens for indoor PM pollution protection. We have achieved a transparent air filter of 80% optical transparency with >99% standard removal efficiency level for PM2.5. A test on a real window (1 m × 2 m) in Beijing has proven that the nanofiber transparent air filter acquires excellent PM2.5 removal efficiency of 90.6% over 12 h under extremely hazy air conditions (PM2.5 mass concentration > 708 μg/m(3)). Moreover, we show that the nanofibers can be readily coated on the window screen for pollution protection and can be easily removed by wiping the screen after hazardous days.

  8. Controlled surface oxidation of multi-layered graphene anode to increase hole injection efficiency in organic electronic devices

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    Han, Tae-Hee; Kwon, Sung-Joo; Seo, Hong-Kyu; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2016-03-01

    Ultraviolet ozone (UVO) surface treatment of graphene changes its sp2-hybridized carbons to sp3-bonded carbons, and introduces oxygen-containing components. Oxidized graphene has a finite energy band gap, so UVO modification of the surface of a four-layered graphene anode increases its surface ionization potential up to ∼5.2 eV and improves the hole injection efficiency (η) in organic electronic devices by reducing the energy barrier between the graphene anode and overlying organic layers. By controlling the conditions of the UVO treatment, the electrical properties of the graphene can be tuned to improve η. This controlled surface modification of the graphene will provide a way to achieve efficient and stable flexible displays and solid-state lighting.

  9. Efficient and regulated erythropoietin production by naked DNA injection and muscle electroporation

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    Rizzuto, Gabriella; Cappelletti, Manuela; Maione, Domenico; Savino, Rocco; Lazzaro, Domenico; Costa, Patrizia; Mathiesen, Iacob; Cortese, Riccardo; Ciliberto, Gennaro; Laufer, Ralph; La Monica, Nicola; Fattori, Elena

    1999-01-01

    We show that an electric treatment in the form of high-frequency, low-voltage electric pulses can increase more than 100-fold the production and secretion of a recombinant protein from mouse skeletal muscle. Therapeutical erythopoietin (EPO) levels were achieved in mice with a single injection of as little as 1 μg of plasmid DNA, and the increase in hematocrit after EPO production was stable and long-lasting. Pharmacological regulation through a tetracycline-inducible promoter allowed regulation of serum EPO and hematocrit levels. Tissue damage after stimulation was transient. The method described thus provides a potentially safe and low-cost treatment for serum protein deficiencies. PMID:10339602

  10. Improved efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes with self-assembled molybdenum oxide hole injection layers

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    Liu, Chia-Wei; Tsai, Ming-Chih; Cheng, Tsung-Chin; Ho, Yu-Hsuan; You, Huang-kuo; Li, Chia-Shuo; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Chih-I.

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the use of self-assembly to fabricate solution-processed molybdenum oxide (MoO3) films by simply casting a metal oxide solution onto an indium tin oxide substrate. The self-assembled MoO3 (SA-MoO3) films were used as hole injection layers (HILs) in green phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes. The devices with SA-MoO3 HILs exhibited nearly double the efficiency of the one made with commonly used evaporated MoO3 (e-MoO3) HILs. This improvement was attributed to the much smoother surface and smaller grains of the SA-MoO3 films to reduce the leakage currents, as shown by monitoring the surface morphology via atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The work function and Mo 3d core level characteristics were determined via ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The e-MoO3 film offered better conductivity and hole injection ability; however, the increased device current may not enhance electroluminance proportionally. As a result, the efficiencies of SA-MoO3 devices were better than those of e-MoO3 devices.

  11. Influence of the injected beam parameters on the capture efficiency of an electron cyclotron resonance based charge breeder

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    Galatà, A.; Mascali, D.; Torrisi, G.; Neri, L.; Celona, L.; Angot, J.

    2017-06-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion sources based charge breeders (ECR-CB) are fundamental devices for Isotope Separation On Line (ISOL) facilities aiming at postaccelerating radioactive ion beams (RIBs). Presently, low intensity RIBs do not allow a conventional tuning of the ECR-CB: as a consequence, it has to be set with a stable 1+ pilot beam first, switching then to the radioactive one without changing any parameter; this procedure is usually called "blind tuning." Besides having different masses, pilot and radioactive beams can also differ in terms of the rms transverse emittance ɛrms and/or longitudinal energy spread Δ E , so the choice of a given pilot beam can determine the overall performances of the final breeding stage. This paper shows a numerical study of how the capture efficiency of the PHOENIX charge breeder is affected by the aforementioned beam paramaters: the analysis reveals the two-step nature of the process, highlighting the role of the injection optics and the plasma capture capability in the overall performances of this device. The simulations predict highest efficiency for ɛrms<5 π mm mrad and Δ E <5 eV in a optimum energy range between 2 and 6 eV, thus giving important information on the possibility of blindly tuning an ECR-CB. No isotopical effects were observed, while it clearly came out the necessity to improve the 1 + beam characteristics with a rf beam cooler prior to the injection into an ECR-CB.

  12. Resistance-area product and size dependence of spin-torque switching efficiency in CoFeB-MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Sun, J. Z.

    2017-08-01

    We report a systematic dependence of the spin-transfer torque (STT) switching threshold on junction size and its resistance-area product (RA, or rAmtj) for the CoFeB-MgO-CoFeB type of magnetic tunnel juctions. The RA dependence of the switching efficiency is seen to become stronger for junctions of larger size (in the range of 15 to 50 nms). Here, the STT switching efficiency is defined as the ratio of the nanojunction free-layer energy barrier for thermal activation reversal to its STT switching threshold current. That is, the efficiency κ =Eb/Ic 0 , and it is seen to follow the junction rAmtj in the form of 1 /κ =A0+A1/rAmtj , with A1∝a -a0 , where a is the device diameter and a0 is of the order of 10 nm. The 1 /rAmtj dependence is consistent with a tunnel-conductance-dependent spin-pumping-like action, although the spin-pumping mixing conductance originating from the rAmtj of a magnetic tunnel interface is orders of magnitudes below that of the natural damping of the free layer. We postulate that the spin-torque-induced dynamics in these magnetic tunnel junctions must involve high-frequency spin dynamics near the tunnel interface beyond the average free-layer dynamics frequencies. Such interface high-energy process gives rise to a two-step process for spin-current transmission into the free layer and causes visible spin-pumping spin-current loss across a tunnel barrier.

  13. Simple and efficient method of spin-polarizing a metastable helium beam by diode laser optical pumping

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    Granitza, B.; Salvietti, M.; Torello, E.; Mattera, L.; Sasso, A.

    1995-08-01

    Diode laser optical pumping to produce a highly spin-polarized metastable He beam to be used in a spin-polarized metastable atom deexcitation spectroscopy experiment on magnetized surfaces is described. Efficient pumping of the beam is performed by means of an SDL-6702 distributed Bragg reflector diode laser which yields 50 mW of output power in a single longitudinal mode at 1083 nm, the resonance wavelength for the 23 S→23 P0,1,2 (D0, D1, and D2) transitions of He*. The light is circularly polarized by a quarter-wave plate, allowing easy change of the sense of atomic polarization. The laser frequency can be locked to the atomic transition for several hours by phase-sensitive detection of the saturated absorption signal in a He discharge cell. Any of the three transitions of the triplet system can be pumped with the laser but the maximum level of atomic polarization of 98.5% is found pumping the D2 line.

  14. spin pumping occurred under nonlinear spin precession

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    Zhou, Hengan; Fan, Xiaolong; Ma, Li; Zhou, Shiming; Xue, Desheng

    Spin pumping occurs when a pure-spin current is injected into a normal metal thin layer by an adjacent ferromagnetic metal layer undergoing ferromagnetic resonance, which can be understood as the inverse effect of spin torque, and gives access to the physics of magnetization dynamics and damping. An interesting question is that whether spin pumping occurring under nonlinear spin dynamics would differ from linear case. It is known that nonlinear spin dynamics differ distinctly from linear response, a variety of amplitude dependent nonlinear effect would present. It has been found that for spin precession angle above a few degrees, nonlinear damping term would present and dominated the dynamic energy/spin-moment dissipation. Since spin pumping are closely related to the damping process, it is interesting to ask whether the nonlinear damping term could be involved in spin pumping process. We studied the spin pumping effect occurring under nonlinear spin precession. A device which is a Pt/YIG microstrip coupled with coplanar waveguide was used. High power excitation resulted in spin precession entering in a nonlinear regime. Foldover resonance lineshape and nonlinear damping have been observed. Based on those nonlinear effects, we determined the values of the precession cone angles, and the maximum cone angle can reach a values as high as 21.5 degrees. We found that even in nonlinear regime, spin pumping is still linear, which means the nonlinear damping and foldover would not affect spin pumping process.

  15. Investigation of Efficiency Improvements During CO2 Injection in Hydraulically and Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

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    Schechter, David S.; Vance, Harold

    2003-03-10

    The objective of this project was to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in less efficient CO2 flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. This report provided results of the second semi-annual technical progress report that consists of three different topics.

  16. Magnetic Radial Vortex Stabilization and Efficient Manipulation Driven by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction and Spin-Transfer Torque

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    Siracusano, G.; Tomasello, R.; Giordano, A.; Puliafito, V.; Azzerboni, B.; Ozatay, O.; Carpentieri, M.; Finocchio, G.

    2016-08-01

    Solitons are very promising for the design of the next generation of ultralow power devices for storage and computation. The key ingredient to achieving this goal is the fundamental understanding of their stabilization and manipulation. Here, we show how the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction (IDMI) is able to lift the energy degeneracy of a magnetic vortex state by stabilizing a topological soliton with radial chirality, hereafter called radial vortex. It has a noninteger Skyrmion number S (0.5 <|S |<1 ) due to both the vortex core polarity and the magnetization tilting induced by the IDMI boundary conditions. Micromagnetic simulations predict that a magnetoresistive memory based on the radial vortex state in both free and polarizer layers can be efficiently switched by a threshold current density smaller than 106 A /cm2 . The switching processes occur via the nucleation of topologically connected vortices and vortex-antivortex pairs, followed by spin-wave emissions due to vortex-antivortex annihilations.

  17. High Spin Torque Efficiency of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with MgO/CoFeB/MgO Free Layer

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    Jan, Guenole; Wang, Yu-Jen; Moriyama, Takahiro; Lee, Yuan-Jen; Lin, Mark; Zhong, Tom; Tong, Ru-Ying; Torng, Terry; Wang, Po-Kang

    2012-09-01

    We present the results of a perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) that displays simultaneously low critical switching current and voltage, as well as high thermal stability factor. These results were achieved using a free layer of the MgO/CoFeB/MgO structure by increasing the spin torque efficiency to an average of 3.0 kBT/µA for 37-nm-diameter junctions, about three times that of a MgO/CoFeB/Ta free layer, which makes it the highest value reported to date. By comparing two films with different RA, hence different switching voltage and power, we explore the contributions of heating and voltage-modulated anisotropy change to the switching properties.

  18. The Efficiency Limits of Spin Exchange Optical Pumping Methods of 129Xe Hyperpolarization: Implications for in vivo MRI Applications

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    Freeman, Matthew S.

    Since the inception of hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI, the field has yearned for more efficient production of more highly polarized 129Xe. For nearly all polarizers built to date, both peak 129Xe polarization and production rate fall far below theoretical predictions. This thesis sought to develop a fundamental understanding of why the observed performance of large-scale 129Xe hyperpolarization lagged so badly behind theoretical predictions. This is done by thoroughly characterizing a high-volume, continuous-flow polarizer using optical cells having three different internal volumes, and employing two different laser sources. For each of these 6 combinations, 129Xe polarization was carefully measured as a function of production rate across a range of laser absorption levels. The resultant peak polarizations were consistently a factor of 2-3 lower than predicted across a range of absorption levels, and scaling of production rates deviated badly from predictions based on spin exchange efficiency. To bridge this gap, we propose that paramagnetic, activated Rb clusters form during spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP), and depolarize Rb and 129Xe, while unproductively scattering optical pumping light. When a model was built that incorporated the effects of clusters, its predictions matched observations for both polarization and production rate for all 6 systems studied. This permits us to place a limit on cluster number density of <2 x 109 cm-3. The work culminates with deploying this framework to identify methods to improve polarization to above 50%, leaving the SEOP cell. Combined with additional methods of preserving polarization, the polarization of a 300-mL batch of 129Xe increased from an average of 9%, before this work began, to a recent value of 34%. We anticipate that these developments will lay the groundwork for continued advancement and scaling up of SEOP-based hyperpolarization methods that may one day permit real-time, on-demand 129Xe MRI to become a reality.

  19. Structure, magnetic ordering, and spin filtering efficiency of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(111) ultrathin films

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    Matzen, S.; Moussy, J.-B.; Wei, P.; Gatel, C.; Cezar, J. C.; Arrio, M. A.; Sainctavit, Ph.; Moodera, J. S.

    2014-05-05

    NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(111) ultrathin films (3–5 nm) have been grown by oxygen-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and integrated as effective spin-filter barriers. Structural and magnetic characterizations have been performed in order to investigate the presence of defects that could limit the spin filtering efficiency. These analyses have revealed the full strain relaxation of the layers with a cationic order in agreement with the inverse spinel structure but also the presence of antiphase boundaries. A spin-polarization up to +25% has been directly measured by the Meservey-Tedrow technique in Pt(111)/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(111)/γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(111)/Al tunnel junctions. The unexpected positive sign and relatively small value of the spin-polarization are discussed, in comparison with predictions and previous indirect tunnelling magnetoresistance measurements.

  20. Efficient real-time path integrals for non-Markovian spin-boson models

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    Strathearn, A.; Lovett, B. W.; Kirton, P.

    2017-09-01

    Strong coupling between a system and its environment leads to the emergence of non-Markovian dynamics, which cannot be described by a time-local master equation. One way to capture such dynamics is to use numerical real-time path integrals, where assuming a finite bath memory time enables manageable simulation scaling. However, by comparing to the exactly soluble independent boson model, we show that the presence of transient negative decay rates in the exact dynamics can result in simulations with unphysical exponential growth of density matrix elements when the finite memory approximation is used. We therefore reformulate this approximation in such a way that the exact dynamics are reproduced identically and then apply our new method to the spin-boson model with superohmic environmental coupling, commonly used to model phonon environments, but which cannot be solved exactly. Our new method allows us to easily access parameter regimes where we find revivals in population dynamics which are due to non-Markovian backflow of information from the bath to the system.

  1. Eighty-Eight Percent Directional Guiding of Spin Currents with 90 μm Relaxation Length in Bilayer Graphene Using Carrier Drift.

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    Ingla-Aynés, Josep; Meijerink, Rick J; Wees, Bart J van

    2016-08-10

    Electrical control of spin signals and long distance spin transport are major requirements in the field of spin electronics. Here, we report the efficient guiding of spin currents at room temperature in high mobility hexagonal boron nitride encapsulated bilayer graphene using carrier drift. Our experiments, together with modeling, show that the spin relaxation length, that is 7.7 μm at zero bias, can be tuned from 0.6 to 90 μm when applying a DC current of ∓90 μA, respectively. Our results also show that we are able to direct spin currents to either side of a spin injection contact. Eighty-eight percent of the injected spins flows to the left when Idc = -90 μA and eighty-two percent flows to the right when the drift current is reversed. These results show the potential of carrier drift for spin-based logic operations and devices.

  2. Vertical spin transport in Al with Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20 trilayer films at room temperature by spin pumping

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    Kitamura, Yuta; Shikoh, Eiji; Ando, Yuichiro; Shinjo, Teruya; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2013-04-01

    Spin pumping enables the vertical transport of pure spin current through Al in a Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20(Py) trilayer film, in which the Py acts as a spin battery. The spin current injected into the Al flows through the Al to reach the Pd, resulting in the generation of electromotive forces due to the inverse spin Hall effect in the Pd. The electromotive forces decreased with increasing thickness of the Al layer. A simple model based on the theory by Tserkovnyak et al., allows an estimation of the spin coherence of the vertical spin transport in the Al of 61 nm. This comparatively short coherence is attributed to a reduction in spin pumping efficiency because of the roughness of the Al/Py interface.

  3. Vertical spin transport in Al with Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20 trilayer films at room temperature by spin pumping

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    Kitamura, Yuta; Shikoh, Eiji; Ando, Yuichiro; Shinjo, Teruya; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2013-01-01

    Spin pumping enables the vertical transport of pure spin current through Al in a Pd/Al/Ni80Fe20(Py) trilayer film, in which the Py acts as a spin battery. The spin current injected into the Al flows through the Al to reach the Pd, resulting in the generation of electromotive forces due to the inverse spin Hall effect in the Pd. The electromotive forces decreased with increasing thickness of the Al layer. A simple model based on the theory by Tserkovnyak et al., allows an estimation of the spin coherence of the vertical spin transport in the Al of 61 nm. This comparatively short coherence is attributed to a reduction in spin pumping efficiency because of the roughness of the Al/Py interface.

  4. Spin depolarization in semiconductor spin detectors

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    Chen, W. M.; Buyanova, I. A.; Oka, Y.; Abernathy, C. R.; Pearton, S. J.

    2006-02-01

    A brief review is given of our recent experimental results from in-depth investigations of spin depolarization and underlying physical mechanisms within semiconductor spin detectors based on II-VIs (e.g. Zn(Cd)Se quantum wells) and III-Vs (e.g. InGaN quantum wells), which are relevant to applications for spin-LEDs based on ZnMnSe/Zn(Cd)Se and GaMnN/InGaN structures. By employing cw and time-resolved magneto-optical and optical spin orientation spectroscopy in combination with tunable laser excitation, we show that spin depolarization within these spin detectors is very efficient and is an important factor limiting efficiency of spin detection. Detailed physical mechanisms leading to efficient spin depolarization will be discussed.

  5. Towards an accurate and computationally-efficient modelling of Fe(II)-based spin crossover materials.

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    Vela, Sergi; Fumanal, Maria; Ribas-Arino, Jordi; Robert, Vincent

    2015-07-07

    The DFT + U methodology is regarded as one of the most-promising strategies to treat the solid state of molecular materials, as it may provide good energetic accuracy at a moderate computational cost. However, a careful parametrization of the U-term is mandatory since the results may be dramatically affected by the selected value. Herein, we benchmarked the Hubbard-like U-term for seven Fe(ii)N6-based pseudo-octahedral spin crossover (SCO) compounds, using as a reference an estimation of the electronic enthalpy difference (ΔHelec) extracted from experimental data (T1/2, ΔS and ΔH). The parametrized U-value obtained for each of those seven compounds ranges from 2.37 eV to 2.97 eV, with an average value of U = 2.65 eV. Interestingly, we have found that this average value can be taken as a good starting point since it leads to an unprecedented mean absolute error (MAE) of only 4.3 kJ mol(-1) in the evaluation of ΔHelec for the studied compounds. Moreover, by comparing our results on the solid state and the gas phase of the materials, we quantify the influence of the intermolecular interactions on the relative stability of the HS and LS states, with an average effect of ca. 5 kJ mol(-1), whose sign cannot be generalized. Overall, the findings reported in this manuscript pave the way for future studies devoted to understand the crystalline phase of SCO compounds, or the adsorption of individual molecules on organic or metallic surfaces, in which the rational incorporation of the U-term within DFT + U yields the required energetic accuracy that is dramatically missing when using bare-DFT functionals.

  6. Efficient charge carrier injection into sub-250 nm AlGaN multiple quantum well light emitting diodes

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    Mehnke, Frank Kuhn, Christian; Guttmann, Martin; Reich, Christoph; Kolbe, Tim; Rass, Jens; Wernicke, Tim; Kueller, Viola; Knauer, Arne; Lapeyrade, Mickael; Einfeldt, Sven; Weyers, Markus; Kneissl, Michael

    2014-08-04

    The design and Mg-doping profile of AlN/Al{sub 0.7}Ga{sub 0.3}N electron blocking heterostructures (EBH) for AlGaN multiple quantum well (MQW) light emitting diodes (LEDs) emitting below 250 nm was investigated. By inserting an AlN electron blocking layer (EBL) into the EBH, we were able to increase the quantum well emission power and significantly reduce long wavelength parasitic luminescence. Furthermore, electron leakage was suppressed by optimizing the thickness of the AlN EBL while still maintaining sufficient hole injection. Ultraviolet (UV)-C LEDs with very low parasitic luminescence (7% of total emission power) and external quantum efficiencies of 0.19% at 246 nm have been realized. This concept was applied to AlGaN MQW LEDs emitting between 235 nm and 263 nm with external quantum efficiencies ranging from 0.002% to 0.93%. After processing, we were able to demonstrate an UV-C LED emitting at 234 nm with 14.5 μW integrated optical output power and an external quantum efficiency of 0.012% at 18.2 A/cm{sup 2}.

  7. Improvement of neutral beam injection heating efficiency with magnetic field well structures in a tokamak with a low magnetic field

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    Kim, S. K.; Na, D. H.; Lee, J. W.; Yoo, M. G.; Kim, H.-S.; Hwang, Y. S.; Hahm, T. S.; Na, Yong-Su

    2016-10-01

    Magnetic well structures are introduced as an effective means to reduce the prompt loss of fast ions, the so-called first orbit loss from neutral beam injection (NBI), which is beneficial to tokamaks with a low magnetic field strength such as small spherical torus devices. It is found by single-particle analysis that this additional field structure can modify the gradient of the magnetic field to reduce the shift of the guiding center trajectory of the fast ion. This result is verified by a numerical calculation of following the fast ion’s trajectory. We apply this concept to the Versatile Experiment Spherical Torus [1], where NBI is under design for the purpose of achieving high-performance plasma, to evaluate the effect of the magnetic well structure on NBI efficiency. A 1D NBI analysis code and the NUBEAM code are employed for detailed NBI calculations. The simulation results show that the orbit loss can be reduced by 70%-80%, thereby improving the beam efficiency twofold compared with the reference case without the well structure. The well-shaped magnetic field structure in the low-field side can significantly decrease orbit loss by broadening the non-orbit loss region and widening the range of the velocity direction, thus improving the heating efficiency. It is found that this magnetic well can also improve orbit loss during the slowing down process.

  8. Evaluation of the safety and efficiency of novel metallic implant scaler tips manufactured by the powder injection molding technique.

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    Chun, Kyung A; Kum, Kee-Yeon; Lee, Woo-Cheol; Baek, Seung-Ho; Choi, Hae-Won; Shon, Won-Jun

    2017-07-11

    Although many studies have compared the properties of ultrasonic scaling instruments, it remains controversial as to which is most suitable for implant scaling. This study evaluated the safety and efficiency of novel metallic ultrasonic scaler tips made by the powder injection molding (PIM) technique on titanium surfaces. Mechanical instrumentation was carried out using four types of metal scaler tips consisting of copper (CU), bronze (BR), 316 L stainless steel (316 L), and conventional stainless steel (SS) tips. The instrumented surface alteration image of samples was viewed with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and surface profile of the each sample was investigated with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Arithmetic mean roughness (Ra) and maximum height roughness (Rmax) of titanium samples were measured and dissipated power of the scaler tip was estimated for scaling efficiency. The average Ra values caused by the 316 L and SS tip were about two times higher than those of the CU and BR tips (p < 0.05). The Rmax value showed similar results. The efficiency of the SS tip was about 3 times higher than that of CU tip, the 316 L tip is about 2.7 times higher than that of CU tip, and the BR tip is about 1.2 times higher than that of CU tip. Novel metallic bronze alloy ultrasonic scaler tip minimally damages titanium surfaces, similar to copper alloy tip. Therefore, this bronze alloy scaler tip may be promising instrument for implant maintenance therapy.

  9. Spin pumping and spin Seebeck effect

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    Saitoh, Eiji

    2012-02-01

    Utilization of a spin current, a flow of electrons' spins in a solid, is the key technology in spintronics that will allow the achievement of efficient magnetic memories and computing devices. In this technology, generation and detection of spin currents are necessary. Here, we review inverse spin-Hall effect and spin-current-generation phenomena recently discovered both in metals and insulators: inverse spin-Hall effect, spin pumping, and spin Seebeck effect. (1)Spin pumping and spin torque in a Mott insulator system We found that spin pumping and spin torque effects appear also at an interface between Pt and an insulator YIG.. This means that we can connect a spin current carried by conduction electrons and a spin-wave spin current flowing in insulators. We demonstrate electric signal transmission by using these effects and interconversion of the spin currents [1]. (2) Spin Seebeck effect We have observed, by using the inverse spin-Hall effect [2], spin voltage generation from a heat current in a NiFe, named the spin-Seebeck effect [3]. Surprisingly, spin-Seebeck effect was found to appear even in insulators [4], a situation completely different from conventional charge Seebeck effect. The result implies an important role of elementary excitation in solids beside charge in the spin Seebeck effect. In the talk, we review the recent progress of the research on this effect. This research is collaboration with K. Ando, K. Uchida, Y. Kajiwara, S. Maekawa, G. E. W. Bauer, S. Takahashi, and J. Ieda. [4pt] [1] Y. Kajiwara and E. Saitoh et al. Nature 464 (2010) 262. [0pt] [2] E. Saitoh et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 (2006) 182509. [0pt] [3] K. Uchida and E. Saitoh et al., Nature 455 (2008)778. [0pt] [4] K. Uchida and E. Saitoh et al.,Nature materials 9 (2010) 894 - 897.

  10. Transfer efficiency of angular momentum in sum-frequency generation and control of its spin and orbital parts by varying polarization and frequency of fundamental beams

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    Perezhogin, I. A.; Grigoriev, K. S.; Potravkin, N. N.; Cherepetskaya, E. B.; Makarov, V. A.

    2017-08-01

    Considering sum-frequency generation in an isotropic chiral nonlinear medium, we analyze the transfer of the spin angular momentum of fundamental elliptically polarized Gaussian light beams to the signal beam, which appears as the superposition of two Laguerre-Gaussian modes with both spin and orbital angular momentum. Only for the circular polarization of the fundamental radiation is its angular momentum fully transferred to the sum-frequency beam; otherwise, part of it can be transferred to the medium. Its value, as well as the ratio of spin and orbital contributions in the signal beam, depends on the fundamental frequency ratio and the polarization of the incident beams. Higher energy conversion efficiency in sum-frequency generation does not always correspond to higher angular momentum conversion efficiency.

  11. All-electric all-semiconductor spin field-effect transistors

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    Chuang, Pojen; Ho, Sheng-Chin; Smith, L. W.; Sfigakis, F.; Pepper, M.; Chen, Chin-Hung; Fan, Ju-Chun; Griffiths, J. P.; Farrer, I.; Beere, H. E.; Jones, G. A. C.; Ritchie, D. A.; Chen, Tse-Ming

    2015-01-01

    The spin field-effect transistor envisioned by Datta and Das opens a gateway to spin information processing. Although the coherent manipulation of electron spins in semiconductors is now possible, the realization of a functional spin field-effect transistor for information processing has yet to be achieved, owing to several fundamental challenges such as the low spin-injection efficiency due to resistance mismatch, spin relaxation and the spread of spin precession angles. Alternative spin transistor designs have therefore been proposed, but these differ from the field-effect transistor concept and require the use of optical or magnetic elements, which pose difficulties for incorporation into integrated circuits. Here, we present an all-electric and all-semiconductor spin field-effect transistor in which these obstacles are overcome by using two quantum point contacts as spin injectors and detectors. Distinct engineering architectures of spin-orbit coupling are exploited for the quantum point contacts and the central semiconductor channel to achieve complete control of the electron spins (spin injection, manipulation and detection) in a purely electrical manner. Such a device is compatible with large-scale integration and holds promise for future spintronic devices for information processing.

  12. Realization of an all-electric spin transistor using quantum point contacts

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    Chen, Tse-Ming; Chuang, Pojen; Ho, Sheng-Chin; Smith, Luke; Sfigakis, Francois; Pepper, Michael; Chen, Chin-Hung; Fan, Ju-Chun; Griffiths, Jonathan; Farrer, Ian; Beere, Harvey; Jones, Geb; Ritchie, Dave

    The spin field effect transistor envisioned by Datta and Das opens a gateway to spin information processing. Although the coherent manipulation of electron spins in semiconductors is now possible, the realization of a functional spin field effect transistor for information processing has yet to be achieved, owing to several fundamental challenges such as the low spin-injection efficiency due to resistance mismatch, spin relaxation, and the spread of spin precession angles. Alternative spin transistor designs have therefore been proposed, but these differ from the field effect transistor concept and require the use of optical or magnetic elements, which pose difficulties for the incorporation into integrated circuits. Here, we present an all-electric all-semiconductor spin field effect transistor, in which these obstacles are overcome by employing two quantum point contacts as spin injectors and detectors. Distinct engineering architectures of spin-orbit coupling are exploited for the quantum point contacts and the central semiconductor channel to achieve complete control of the electron spins--spin injection, manipulation, and detection--in a purely electrical manner. Such a device is compatible with large-scale integration and hold promise for future spintronic devices for information processing. Ref: P. Chuang et al., Nat. Nanotechnol. 10, 35 (2015).

  13. Efficient spin-filter and negative differential resistance behaviors in FeN{sub 4} embedded graphene nanoribbon device

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    Liu, N. Liu, J. B.; Yao, K. L.; Ni, Y.; Wang, S. L.

    2016-03-14

    In this paper, we propose a new device of spintronics by embedding two FeN{sub 4} molecules into armchair graphene nanoribbon and sandwiching them between N-doped graphene nanoribbon electrodes. Our first-principle quantum transport calculations show that the device is a perfect spin filter with high spin-polarizations both in parallel configuration (PC) and antiparallel configuration (APC). Moreover, negative differential resistance phenomena are obtained for the spin-down current in PC, and the spin-up and spin-down currents in APC. These transport properties are explained by the bias-dependent evolution of molecular orbitals and the transmission spectra.

  14. Efficient spin-filter and negative differential resistance behaviors in FeN4 embedded graphene nanoribbon device

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    Liu, N.; Liu, J. B.; Yao, K. L.; Ni, Y.; Wang, S. L.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we propose a new device of spintronics by embedding two FeN4 molecules into armchair graphene nanoribbon and sandwiching them between N-doped graphene nanoribbon electrodes. Our first-principle quantum transport calculations show that the device is a perfect spin filter with high spin-polarizations both in parallel configuration (PC) and antiparallel configuration (APC). Moreover, negative differential resistance phenomena are obtained for the spin-down current in PC, and the spin-up and spin-down currents in APC. These transport properties are explained by the bias-dependent evolution of molecular orbitals and the transmission spectra.

  15. Paving Spin-Wave Fibers in Magnonic Nanocircuits Using Spin-Orbit Torque

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    Xing, Xiangjun; Pong, Philip W. T.; Åkerman, J.; Zhou, Yan

    2017-05-01

    Recent studies reveal that domain walls in magnetic nanostructures can serve as compact, energy-efficient spin-wave waveguides for building magnonic devices that are considered promising candidates for overcoming the challenges and bottlenecks of today's CMOS technologies. However, imprinting long strip-domain walls into magnetic nanowires remains a challenge, especially in bent geometries. Here, through micromagnetic simulations, we present a method for writing strip-domain walls into bent magnetic nanowires using spin-orbit torque. We employ Y -shaped magnetic nanostructures as well as an S -shaped magnetic nanowire to demonstrate the injection process. In addition, we verify that the Y -shaped nanostructures that incorporate strip-domain walls can function as superb spin-wave multiplexers and that spin-wave propagation along each conduit can be controllably manipulated. This spin-wave multiplexer based on strip-domain walls is expected to become a key signal-processing component in magnon spintronics.

  16. Increased SNR Efficiency in Velocity Selective Arterial Spin Labeling using Multiple Velocity Selective Saturation Modules (mm-VSASL)

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    Guo, Jia; Wong, Eric C.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Velocity-selective arterial spin labeling (VSASL) is theoretically insensitive to transit delay (TD) effects. However, it uses saturation instead of inversion, resulting in compromised signal to noise ratio (SNR). In this study we explore the use of multiple velocity-selective saturation (VSS) modules in VSASL (mm-VSASL) to improve SNR. Methods Theoretical SNR efficiency improvement and optimized parameters were calculated from simulations for mm-VSASL. VSASL with two VSS modules (VSASL-2VSS) was implemented to measure cerebral blood flow in vivo, compared with conventional VSASL (VSASL-1VSS), Pulsed ASL and Pseudo-Continuous ASL. TDs and bolus durations (BDs) were measured to validate the simulations and to examine the TD sensitivity of these preparations. Results Compared with VSASL-1VSS, VSASL-2VSS achieved a significant improvement of SNR (22.1 ± 1.9%, P = 1.7 × 10−6) in vivo, consistent with a 22.7% improvement predicted from simulations. The SNR was comparable to or higher (in GM, P = 4.3 × 10−3) than that using PCASL. VSASL was experimentally verified to have minimal TD effects. Conclusion Utilizing multiple VSS modules can improve the SNR efficiency of VSASL. Mm-VSASL may result in an SNR that is comparable to or even higher than that of PCASL in applications where long PLDs are required. PMID:25251933

  17. Ultrahigh mobility and efficient charge injection in monolayer organic thin-film transistors on boron nitride

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    He, Daowei; Qiao, Jingsi; Zhang, Linglong; Wang, Junya; Lan, Tu; Qian, Jun; Li, Yun; Shi, Yi; Chai, Yang; Lan, Wei; Ono, Luis K.; Qi, Yabing; Xu, Jian-Bin; Ji, Wei; Wang, Xinran

    2017-01-01

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with high mobility and low contact resistance have been actively pursued as building blocks for low-cost organic electronics. In conventional solution-processed or vacuum-deposited OTFTs, due to interfacial defects and traps, the organic film has to reach a certain thickness for efficient charge transport. Using an ultimate monolayer of 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) molecules as an OTFT channel, we demonstrate remarkable electrical characteristics, including intrinsic hole mobility over 30 cm2/Vs, Ohmic contact with 100 Ω · cm resistance, and band-like transport down to 150 K. Compared to conventional OTFTs, the main advantage of a monolayer channel is the direct, nondisruptive contact between the charge transport layer and metal leads, a feature that is vital for achieving low contact resistance and current saturation voltage. On the other hand, bilayer and thicker C8-BTBT OTFTs exhibit strong Schottky contact and much higher contact resistance but can be improved by inserting a doped graphene buffer layer. Our results suggest that highly crystalline molecular monolayers are promising form factors to build high-performance OTFTs and investigate device physics. They also allow us to precisely model how the molecular packing changes the transport and contact properties. PMID:28913429

  18. Efficient and accurate local single reference correlation methods for high-spin open-shell molecules using pair natural orbitals

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    Hansen, Andreas; Liakos, Dimitrios G.; Neese, Frank

    2011-12-01

    A production level implementation of the high-spin open-shell (spin unrestricted) single reference coupled pair, quadratic configuration interaction and coupled cluster methods with up to doubly excited determinants in the framework of the local pair natural orbital (LPNO) concept is reported. This work is an extension of the closed-shell LPNO methods developed earlier [F. Neese, F. Wennmohs, and A. Hansen, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 114108 (2009), 10.1063/1.3086717; F. Neese, A. Hansen, and D. G. Liakos, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 064103 (2009), 10.1063/1.3173827]. The internal space is spanned by localized orbitals, while the external space for each electron pair is represented by a truncated PNO expansion. The laborious integral transformation associated with the large number of PNOs becomes feasible through the extensive use of density fitting (resolution of the identity (RI)) techniques. Technical complications arising for the open-shell case and the use of quasi-restricted orbitals for the construction of the reference determinant are discussed in detail. As in the closed-shell case, only three cutoff parameters control the average number of PNOs per electron pair, the size of the significant pair list, and the number of contributing auxiliary basis functions per PNO. The chosen threshold default values ensure robustness and the results of the parent canonical methods are reproduced to high accuracy. Comprehensive numerical tests on absolute and relative energies as well as timings consistently show that the outstanding performance of the LPNO methods carries over to the open-shell case with minor modifications. Finally, hyperfine couplings calculated with the variational LPNO-CEPA/1 method, for which a well-defined expectation value type density exists, indicate the great potential of the LPNO approach for the efficient calculation of molecular properties.

  19. Correction: A strongly greenish-blue-emitting Cu4Cl4 cluster with an efficient spin-orbit coupling (SOC): fast phosphorescence versus thermally activated delayed fluorescence.

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    Chen, Xu-Lin; Yu, Rongmin; Wu, Xiao-Yuan; Liang, Dong; Jia, Ji-Hui; Lu, Can-Zhong

    2016-06-21

    Correction for 'A strongly greenish-blue-emitting Cu4Cl4 cluster with an efficient spin-orbit coupling (SOC): fast phosphorescence versus thermally activated delayed fluorescence' by Xu-Lin Chen et al., Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 6288-6291.

  20. Displacement and sweep efficiencies in a DNAPL recovery test using micellar and polymer solutions injected in a five-spot pattern

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    Martel, Richard; Hébert, Alain; Lefebvre, René; Gélinas, Pierre; Gabriel, Uta

    2004-11-01

    Soil washing with micellar solutions is a promising alternative for the remediation of DNAPL source zones. As with any flushing technology, the success of soil washing with micellar solutions depends in a very large part on the ability of the solution to contact the contaminant (sweep efficiency) and then on the efficiency of contaminant removal once this contact is made (displacement efficiency). We report here on a field test where a micellar solution was used to recover a DNAPL in an open five-spot pattern in which polymer solutions were also injected before and after the washing solution to improve sweep efficiency. The washing solution formulation was optimised in the laboratory prior to the test to obtain good dissolution capacity. For a high-concentration and low-volume soil flushing remediation test such as the one performed (0.8 pore volumes of actual washing solution injected), slug sizing of the washing solution is critical. It was evaluated by an analytical solution. In a five-spot pattern, the displacement efficiency of the washing solution was observed to vary in the porous medium as a function of the radial distance from the injection well because: (1) the volume of the washing solution flowing through a section of the test cell changes (maximum close to the injection well and minimal at the pumping wells); (2) the in situ velocity changes (maximum at the wells and minimum between the wells) and; (3) the contact time of the washing solution with the NAPL changes as a function of the distance from the injection well. The relative importance of the recovery mechanisms, mobilisation and dissolution, was also observed to vary in the test cell. The reduced velocity increased the contact time of the washing solution with the DNAPL enhancing its dissolution, but the decrease of the capillary number caused less mobilisation. The washing process is much more extensive around the injection well. The use of an injection-pumping pattern allowing a complete sweep

  1. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2003-04-01

    The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in less efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. This report provides results of the third semi-annual technical progress report that consists of application of X-Ray Tomography results to validate our numerical modeling of flow in fractures. Spontaneous imbibition plays a very important role in the displacement mechanism of non-wetting fluid in naturally fractured reservoirs. To quantify this spontaneous imbibition process, we developed a 2D two-phase numerical model. This numerical model was developed because an available commercial simulator cannot be used to model small-scale experiments with different boundary conditions. In building the numerical model, we started with the basic equation of fluid flow and developed a numerical approach of solving the non-linear diffusion saturation equation. We compared our numerical model with the analytical solution of this equation to ascertain the limitations of the assumptions used to arrive at that solution. The unique aspect of this paper is that we validated our model with X-ray computerized tomography (CT) experimental data from a different spontaneous imbibition experiment, where two simultaneously varying parameters of weight gain and CT water saturation were used. This requires us to undertake extensive sensitivity studies on key parameters before a successful match could be obtained. We also successfully captured our own X-ray computerized tomography (CT) laboratory experiment on a fractured core.

  2. Highly efficient organic solar cells with improved vertical donor-acceptor compositional gradient via an inverted off-center spinning method

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    Huang, Jiang; Carpenter, Joshua H.; Li, Chang -Zhi; Yu, Jun -Sheng; Ade, Harald; Jen, Alex K. -Y.

    2015-12-02

    A novel, yet simple solution fabrication technique to address the trade-off between photocurrent and fill factor in thick bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is described. Lastly, the inverted off-center spinning technique promotes a vertical gradient of the donor–acceptor phase-separated morphology, enabling devices with near 100% internal quantum efficiency and a high power conversion efficiency of 10.95%.

  3. Highly Efficient Organic Solar Cells with Improved Vertical Donor-Acceptor Compositional Gradient Via an Inverted Off-Center Spinning Method.

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    Huang, Jiang; Carpenter, Joshua H; Li, Chang-Zhi; Yu, Jun-Sheng; Ade, Harald; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2016-02-03

    A novel, yet simple solution fabrication technique to address the trade-off between photocurrent and fill factor in thick bulk heterojunction organic solar cells is described. The inverted off-center spinning technique promotes a vertical gradient of the donor-acceptor phase-separated morphology, enabling devices with near 100% internal quantum efficiency and a high power conversion efficiency of 10.95%. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Efficient polarization transfer between spin-1/2 and ¹⁴N nuclei in solid-state MAS NMR spectroscopy.

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    Basse, Kristoffer; Jain, Sheetal Kumar; Bakharev, Oleg; Nielsen, Niels Chr

    2014-07-01

    Polarization transfer between spin-1/2 nuclei and quadrupolar spin-1 nuclei such as (14)N in solid-state NMR is severely challenged by the typical presence of large quadrupole coupling interactions. This has effectively prevented the use of the abundant (14)N spin as a probe to structural information and its use as an element in multi-dimensional solid-state NMR correlation experiments for assignment and structural characterization. In turn, this has been a contributing factor to the extensive use of isotope labeling in biological solid-state NMR, where (14)N is replaced with (15)N. The alternative strategy of using the abundant (14)N spins calls for methods enabling efficient polarization transfer between (14)N and its binding partners. This work demonstrates that the recently introduced (RESPIRATION)CP transfer method can be optimized to achieve efficient (1)H ↔(14)N polarization transfer under magic angle spinning conditions. The method is demonstrated numerically and experimentally on powder samples of NH4NO3 and L-alanine.

  5. Spin-to-charge conversion using Rashba coupling at the interface between non-magnetic materials.

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    Sánchez, J C Rojas; Vila, L; Desfonds, G; Gambarelli, S; Attané, J P; De Teresa, J M; Magén, C; Fert, A

    2013-01-01

    The Rashba effect is an interaction between the spin and the momentum of electrons induced by the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in surface or interface states. Its potential for conversion between charge and spin currents has been theoretically predicted but never clearly demonstrated for surfaces or interfaces of metals. Here we present experiments evidencing a large spin-charge conversion by the Bi/Ag Rashba interface. We use spin pumping to inject a spin current from a NiFe layer into a Bi/Ag bilayer and we detect the resulting charge current. As the charge signal is much smaller (negligible) with only Bi (only Ag), the spin-to-charge conversion can be unambiguously ascribed to the Rashba coupling at the Bi/Ag interface. This result demonstrates that the Rashba effect at interfaces can be used for efficient charge-spin conversion in spintronics.

  6. INVESTIGATION OF EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS DURING CO2 INJECTION IN HYDRAULICALLY AND NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS

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    David S. Schechter

    2002-10-30

    The objective of this project is to perform unique laboratory experiments with artificial fractured cores (AFCs) and X-ray CT to examine the physical mechanisms of bypassing in HFR and NFR that eventually result in less efficient CO{sub 2} flooding in heterogeneous or fracture-dominated reservoirs. This report provides results of the second semi-annual technical progress report that consists of three different topics. In the first topic, laboratory experiments were performed on a Berea core to investigate the changes in rock properties and fluid flow under different stress-state conditions. A comparative study of different stress conditions was also conducted to analyze the effect of the various loading systems. The experimental results show that fracture permeability reduces significantly as the stress increases compared to matrix permeability. The hydrostatic and triaxial stresses have greater impacts on permeability reduction compared to applying stress in the uniaxial stress condition. Fracture flow dominates when the applied stress is less, however, the matrix flow rate increases as applied stress increases and dominates at high stress even if the fracture does not heal completely. In the second topic, the preliminary results of static imbibition experiments are presented as a precursor to image the saturation profiles using X-Ray CT scanner. The static and dynamic imbibition experiments have been done previously (Schechter et al, 2002). The imaging of imbibition experiment is underway to track the saturation profiles using X-ray CT scanner. Hence, no more conclusions are drawn from this study at this time. In the last topic, the modeling of fluid flow through a single fracture incorporating the effect of surface roughness is conducted. Fracture permeability is usually estimated by a cubic law that is based on the theory of hydrodynamics for the laminar flow between flat plates. However, the cubic law is too simple to estimate the fracture permeability

  7. Efficient injection from large telescopes into single-mode fibres: Enabling the era of ultra-precision astronomy

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    Jovanovic, N.; Schwab, C.; Guyon, O.; Lozi, J.; Cvetojevic, N.; Martinache, F.; Leon-Saval, S.; Norris, B.; Gross, S.; Doughty, D.; Currie, T.; Takato, N.

    2017-08-01

    Photonic technologies offer numerous advantages for astronomical instruments such as spectrographs and interferometers owing to their small footprints and diverse range of functionalities. Operating at the diffraction-limit, it is notoriously difficult to efficiently couple such devices directly with large telescopes. We demonstrate that with careful control of both the non-ideal pupil geometry of a telescope and residual wavefront errors, efficient coupling with single-mode devices can indeed be realised. A fibre injection was built within the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) instrument. Light was coupled into a single-mode fibre operating in the near-IR (J - H bands) which was downstream of the extreme adaptive optics system and the pupil apodising optics. A coupling efficiency of 86% of the theoretical maximum limit was achieved at 1550 nm for a diffraction-limited beam in the laboratory, and was linearly correlated with Strehl ratio. The coupling efficiency was constant to within <30% in the range 1250-1600 nm. Preliminary on-sky data with a Strehl ratio of 60% in the H-band produced a coupling efficiency into a single-mode fibre of 50%, consistent with expectations. The coupling was >40% for 84% of the time and >50% for 41% of the time. The laboratory results allow us to forecast that extreme adaptive optics levels of correction (Strehl ratio >90% in H-band) would allow coupling of >67% (of the order of coupling to multimode fibres currently) while standard levels of wavefront correction (Strehl ratio >20% in H-band) would allow coupling of >18%. For Strehl ratios <20%, few-port photonic lanterns become a superior choice but the signal-to-noise, and pixel availability must be considered. These results illustrate a clear path to efficient on-sky coupling into a single-mode fibre, which could be used to realise modal-noise-free radial velocity machines, very-long-baseline optical/near-IR interferometers and/or simply exploit photonic

  8. Efficient Gene Editing in Pluripotent Stem Cells by Bacterial Injection of Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nuclease Proteins

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    Jia, Jingyue; Bai, Fang; Jin, Yongxin; Santostefano, Katherine E.; Ha, Un-Hwan; Wu, Donghai

    2015-01-01

    The type III secretion system (T3SS) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a powerful tool for direct protein delivery into mammalian cells and has successfully been used to deliver various exogenous proteins into mammalian cells. In the present study, transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) proteins have been efficiently delivered using the P. aeruginosa T3SS into mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs), human ESCs (hESCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for genome editing. This bacterial delivery system offers an alternative method of TALEN delivery that is highly efficient in cleavage of the chromosomal target and presumably safer by avoiding plasmid DNA introduction. We combined the method of bacterial T3SS-mediated TALEN protein injection and transfection of an oligonucleotide template to effectively generate precise genetic modifications in the stem cells. Initially, we efficiently edited a single-base in the gfp gene of a mESC line to silence green fluorescent protein (GFP) production. The resulting GFP-negative mESC was cloned from a single cell and subsequently mutated back to a GFP-positive mESC line. Using the same approach, the gfp gene was also effectively knocked out in hESCs. In addition, a defined single-base edition was effectively introduced into the X-chromosome-linked HPRT1 gene in hiPSCs, generating an in vitro model of Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. T3SS-mediated TALEN protein delivery provides a highly efficient alternative for introducing precise gene editing within pluripotent stem cells for the purpose of disease genotype-phenotype relationship studies and cellular replacement therapies. Significance The present study describes a novel and powerful tool for the delivery of the genome editing enzyme transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) directly into pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), achieving desired base changes on the genomes of PSCs with high efficiency. This novel approach uses bacteria as a protein delivery

  9. Efficient in vivo gene transfer by intraperitoneal injection of plasmid DNA and calcium carbonate microflowers in mice.

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    Fumoto, Shintaro; Nakajima, Sayuri; Mine, Toyoharu; Yoshikawa, Naoki; Kitahara, Takashi; Sasaki, Hitoshi; Miyamoto, Hirotaka; Nishida, Koyo

    2012-07-02

    Gene transfer to intraperitoneal organs is thought to be a promising approach to treat such conditions as peritoneal fibrosis and peritoneal dissemination of cancers. We previously discovered that simple instillation of naked plasmid DNA (pDNA) onto intraperitoneal organs such as the liver and stomach could effectively transfer foreign genes in mice. In this study, we developed a novel nonviral method to enhance transfection efficiency of naked pDNA to intraperitoneal organs using a calcium carbonate suspension containing pDNA. Using commercially available calcium carbonate, we successfully transfected pDNA to the stomach. Handling of commercially available calcium carbonate, however, was troublesome owing to rapid precipitation and caking. To obtain slowly settling particles of calcium carbonate, we tried to synthesize novel versions of such particles and succeeded in creating flower-shaped particles, named calcium carbonate microflowers. Sedimentation of calcium carbonate microflowers was sufficiently slow for in vivo experiments. Moreover, the transfection efficiency of the suspension of calcium carbonate microflowers to the stomach was more effective than that of commercially available calcium carbonate, especially at low concentrations. Intraperitoneal injection of the suspension of calcium carbonate microflowers containing pDNA greatly enhanced naked pDNA transfer to whole intraperitoneal organs in mice. Furthermore, lactate dehydrogenase activities in intraperitoneal fluid and plasma were not raised by the suspension of calcium carbonate microflowers.

  10. Highly efficient solution-processed phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices with double-stacked hole injection layers

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    Chen, Yuehua; Hao, Lin; Zhang, Xinwen; Zhang, Xiaolin; Liu, Mengjiao; Zhang, Mengke; Wang, Jiong; Lai, Wen-Yong; Huang, Wei

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, solution-processed nickel oxide (NiOx) is used as hole-injection layers (HILs) in solution-processed phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (PhOLEDs). Serious exciton quenching is verified at the NiOx/emitting layer (EML) interface, resulting in worse device performance. The device performance is significantly improved by inserting a layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) between the EML and NiOx. The solution-processed blue PhOLED with the double-stacked NiOx/PEDOT:PSS HILs shows a maximum current efficiency of 30.5 cd/A, which is 75% and 30% higher than those of the devices with a single NiOx HIL and a PEDOT:PSS HIL, respectively. Improvement of device efficiency can be attributed to reducing exciton quenching of the PEDOT:PSS layer as well as the electron blocking effect of the NiOx layer.

  11. Highly efficient gene knockout by injection of TALEN mRNAs into oocytes and host transfer in Xenopus laevis.

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    Nakajima, Keisuke; Yaoita, Yoshio

    2015-01-16

    Zinc-finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and the CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated proteins) system are potentially powerful tools for producing tailor-made knockout animals. However, their mutagenic activity is not high enough to induce mutations at all loci of a target gene throughout an entire tadpole. In this study, we present a highly efficient method for introducing gene modifications at almost all target sequences in randomly selected embryos. The gene modification activity of TALEN is enhanced by adopting the host-transfer technique. In our method, the efficiency is further improved by injecting TALEN mRNAs fused to the 3'UTR of the Xenopus DEADSouth gene into oocytes, which are then transferred into a host female frog, where they are ovulated and fertilized. The addition of the 3'UTR of the DEADSouth gene promotes mRNA translation in the oocytes and increases the expression of TALEN proteins to near-maximal levels three hours post fertilization (hpf). In contrast, TALEN mRNAs without this 3'UTR are translated infrequently in oocytes. Our data suggest that genomic DNA is more sensitive to TALEN proteins from fertilization to the midblastula (MBT) stage. Our method works by increasing the levels of TALEN proteins during the pre-MBT stages.

  12. Microwave generation by spin Hall nanooscillators with nanopatterned spin injector

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    Zholud, A. Urazhdin, S.

    2014-09-15

    We experimentally study spin Hall nano-oscillators based on Pt/ferromagnet bilayers with nanopatterned Pt spin injection layer. We demonstrate that both the spectral characteristics and the electrical current requirements can be simultaneously improved by reducing the spin injection area. Moreover, devices with nanopatterned Pt spin injector exhibit microwave generation over a wide temperature range that extends to room temperature. Studies of devices with additional Pt spacers under the device electrodes show that the oscillation characteristics are affected not only by the spin injection geometry but also by the effects of Pt/ferromagnet interface on the dynamical properties of the ferromagnet.

  13. Room temperature spin injection into (110) GaAs quantum wells using Fe/x-AlO{sub x} contacts in the regime of current density comparable to laser oscillation

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    Yokota, Nobuhide Aoshima, Yohei; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi; Nishizawa, Nozomi; Munekata, Hiro

    2015-10-28

    We investigate the electrical spin injection into (110) GaAs single quantum wells (SQWs) and multiple quantum wells (MQWs) using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) having Fe/crystalline-AlO{sub x} (x-AlO{sub x}) tunnel barrier contacts. A degree of circular polarization (P{sub c}) of 5.0% is obtained for the SQW LED at 4 K with the current density of 1 kA/cm{sup 2} which is comparable to that for the laser oscillation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). On the basis of electron spin relaxation time and carrier lifetime in the (110) GaAs SQW measured by time-dependent photoluminescence and the value of P{sub c} = 5.0%, the degree of spin polarization of initially injected electrons (P{sub 0}) in the SQW is estimated to be 6.6% at 4 K. By using the MQW LED having a much stronger electroluminescence, a P{sub c} value of 2.6% is obtained at room temperature (RT) with the current density of 1.5 kA/cm{sup 2}. The temperature and current density dependences of P{sub c} are found to be weak in both the SQW and MQW LEDs. The estimated P{sub 0} of 9.3% at RT suggests that the Fe/x-AlO{sub x} contacts can be used for the RT electrical spin injection for spin-controlled VCSELs.

  14. Spin injection induced phase transition in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/Nd{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 0.65}MnO{sub 3} bilayer

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    Cheng, S. L.; Lin, J. G.; Chuang, T. H.

    2015-05-07

    The spin injection effects from C-type antiferromagnetic Nd{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 0.65}MnO{sub 3} (NSMO) to superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} (YBCO) are investigated via the measurement of temperature dependent resistivity with input current from 10{sup −2 }mA to 90 mA. The superconducting transition temperature (T{sub co}) of YBCO decreases with increasing current but at a higher rate with larger thickness of NSMO. Two spin states below T{sub co} are identified as non-equilibrium spin-state and pair-breaking state judging from the width of transition. In particular, the transition from former to later one is observed with NSMO = 30 nm at the current of 30 mA.

  15. Spin transistor action via tunable Landau-Zener transitions in magnetic semiconductor quantum wells

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    Weiss, Dieter

    2013-03-01

    Spin-transistors, employing spin-orbit interaction like Datta-Das prototypes, principally suffer from low signal levels due to limitations in spin injection efficiency, fast spin relaxation and dephasing processes. Here we present an alternative concept to implement spin transistor action where efficiency is improved by keeping spin transport adiabatic. To this end a helical stray field B, generated by ferromagnetic Dysprosium stripes, is superimposed upon a two-dimensional electron system in (Cd,Mn)Te, containing Mn ions with spin 5/2. Due to the giant spin splitting, occurring at low temperatures and small B in (Cd,Mn)Te quantum wells, the B-helix translates into a spin-helix and the electron spins follow adiabatically the imposed spin texture. Within this approach the transmission of spin-polarized electrons between two contacts is regulated by changing the degree of adiabaticity, i.e. an electron's ability to follow the spin helix. This is done by means of a small applied homogeneous magnetic field while the degree of adiabaticity is monitored by the channel resistance. Our scheme allows spin information to propagate efficiently over typical device distances and provides an alternative route to realize spintronics applications. We note that our concept is not restricted to a particular choice of materials, temperature, methods of spin injection, manipulation as well as detection. Work done in cooperation with Christian Betthausen, Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, University of Regensburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany; Tobias Dollinger, Henri Saarikosi, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Regensburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany; Valeri Kolkovsky, Grzegorz Karczewski, Tomasz Wojtowicz, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL-02668 Warsaw, Poland; and Klaus Richter, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Regensburg. Financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through SFB 689, WE 247618, and FOR 1483 is

  16. Electrical Expression of Spin Accumulation in Ferromagnet/semiconductor Structures

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    Cywiński, Łukasz; Dery, Hanan; Dalal, Parin; Sham, L. J.

    We treat the spin injection and extraction via a ferromagnetic metal/semiconductor Schottky barrier as a quantum scattering problem. This enables the theory to explain a number of phenomena involving spin-dependent current through the Schottky barrier, especially the counter-intuitive spin polarization direction in the semiconductor due to current extraction seen in recent experiments. A possible explanation of this phenomenon involves taking into account the spin-dependent inelastic scattering via the bound states in the interface region. The quantum-mechanical treatment of spin transport through the interface is coupled with the semiclassical description of transport in the adjoining media, in which we take into account the in-plane spin diffusion along the interface in the planar geometry used in experiments. The theory forms the basis of the calculation of spin-dependent current flow in multi-terminal systems, consisting of a semiconductor channel with many ferromagnetic contacts attached, in which the spin accumulation created by spin injection/extraction can be efficiently sensed by electrical means. A three-terminal system can be used as a magnetic memory cell with the bit of information encoded in the magnetization of one of the contacts. Using five terminals we construct a reprogrammable logic gate, in which the logic inputs and the functionality are encoded in magnetizations of the four terminals, while the current out of the fifth one gives a result of the operation.

  17. The essential role of spin-memory loss at 3d/5d metallic interfaces in spin pumping

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    Jaffres, Henri

    2015-03-01

    I will present a review of experiments and theory of spin-pumping in Co/(Cu)/Pt 3d/5d metallic systems in the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) regime of spin injection. By combining i) FMR analyses of the resonance linewidth of the Co spectra in contact with the Pt (or Cu/Pt) reservoir and ii) detection of the inverse spin-hall effect signal vs. Pt thickness, we were able to evidence two different lengthscales for the spin-current profile generated or absorbed at the interfaces. The first lenghscale, extracted from FMR analyses and of the order of 2 nm, represents a typical interface length characteristic of a spin memory loss at the Co/Pt and Co/Cu/Pt interfaces. This represent a typical region of spin-current dissipation by which almost 60-70 % of the total current generated is lost before conversion in bulk Pt. The second lengthscale, roughly equal to 3.4 nm, like determined by Inverse Spin Hall Effect (ISHE) transverse voltage measurement, is more characteristic of the spin-diffusion length of the bulk Pt that governs a part of the spin-to-charge conversion efficiency by ISHE. After careful analyses, we determined a spin-hall angle of 5.6 % for Pt and an intrinsic spin hall conductivity of 3200 (Ohm.cm)-1 for our corresponding Pt resistivity. In the end, I will focus on the physical description of our experiments within a derived Valet-Fert model describing the spin transport/relaxation in a diffusive approach and using relevant boundary conditions for spin-pumping (constant spin accumulation in the ferromagnet). The origin of the spin-memory loss and spin-current discontinuity, also proposed in a very recent work, will be explained in terms of atomic intermixing at interfaces or possible Rashba-split states at Co/Pt interfaces.

  18. Homoepitaxial tunnel barriers with functionalized graphene-on-graphene for charge and spin transport.

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    Friedman, Adam L; van 't Erve, Olaf M J; Li, Connie H; Robinson, Jeremy T; Jonker, Berend T

    2014-01-01

    The coupled imperatives for reduced heat dissipation and power consumption in high-density electronics have rekindled interest in devices based on tunnelling. Such devices require mating dissimilar materials, raising issues of heteroepitaxy, layer uniformity, interface stability and electronic states that severely complicate fabrication and compromise performance. Two-dimensional materials such as graphene obviate these issues and offer a new paradigm for tunnel barriers. Here we demonstrate a homoepitaxial tunnel barrier structure in which graphene serves as both the tunnel barrier and the high-mobility transport channel. We fluorinate the top layer of a graphene bilayer to decouple it from the bottom layer, so that it serves as a single-monolayer tunnel barrier for both charge and spin injection into the lower graphene channel. We demonstrate high spin injection efficiency with a tunnelling spin polarization >60%, lateral transport of spin currents in non-local spin-valve structures and determine spin lifetimes with the Hanle effect.

  19. Magnetic Radial Vortex Stabilization and Efficient Manipulation Driven by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction and Spin-Transfer Torque.

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    Siracusano, G; Tomasello, R; Giordano, A; Puliafito, V; Azzerboni, B; Ozatay, O; Carpentieri, M; Finocchio, G

    2016-08-19

    Solitons are very promising for the design of the next generation of ultralow power devices for storage and computation. The key ingredient to achieving this goal is the fundamental understanding of their stabilization and manipulation. Here, we show how the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction (IDMI) is able to lift the energy degeneracy of a magnetic vortex state by stabilizing a topological soliton with radial chirality, hereafter called radial vortex. It has a noninteger Skyrmion number S (0.5<|S|<1) due to both the vortex core polarity and the magnetization tilting induced by the IDMI boundary conditions. Micromagnetic simulations predict that a magnetoresistive memory based on the radial vortex state in both free and polarizer layers can be efficiently switched by a threshold current density smaller than 10^{6}  A/cm^{2}. The switching processes occur via the nucleation of topologically connected vortices and vortex-antivortex pairs, followed by spin-wave emissions due to vortex-antivortex annihilations.

  20. Effect of air injection under subsurface drip irrigation on yield and water use efficiency of corn in a sandy clay loam soil

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    Abuarab, Mohamed; Mostafa, Ehab; Ibrahim, Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) can substantially reduce the amount of irrigation water needed for corn production. However, corn yields need to be improved to offset the initial cost of drip installation. Air-injection is at least potentially applicable to the (SDI) system. However, the vertical stream of emitted air moving above the emitter outlet directly toward the surface creates a chimney effect, which should be avoided, and to ensure that there are adequate oxygen for root respiration. A field study was conducted in 2010 and 2011, to evaluate the effect of air-injection into the irrigation stream in SDI on the performance of corn. Experimental treatments were drip irrigation (DI), SDI, and SDI with air injection. The leaf area per plant with air injected was 1.477 and 1.0045 times greater in the aerated treatment than in DI and SDI, respectively. Grain filling was faster, and terminated earlier under air-injected drip system, than in DI. Root distribution, stem diameter, plant height and number of grains per plant were noticed to be higher under air injection than DI and SDI. Air injection had the highest water use efficiency (WUE) and irrigation water use efficiency (IWUE) in both growing seasons; with values of 1.442 and 1.096 in 2010 and 1.463 and 1.112 in 2011 for WUE and IWUE respectively. In comparison with DI and SDI, the air injection treatment achieved a significantly higher productivity through the two seasons. Yield increases due to air injection were 37.78% and 12.27% greater in 2010 and 38.46% and 12.5% in 2011 compared to the DI and SDI treatments, respectively. Data from this study indicate that corn yield can be improved under SDI if the drip water is aerated. PMID:25685457

  1. Effect of air injection under subsurface drip irrigation on yield and water use efficiency of corn in a sandy clay loam soil.

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    Abuarab, Mohamed; Mostafa, Ehab; Ibrahim, Mohamed

    2013-11-01

    Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) can substantially reduce the amount of irrigation water needed for corn production. However, corn yields need to be improved to offset the initial cost of drip installation. Air-injection is at least potentially applicable to the (SDI) system. However, the vertical stream of emitted air moving above the emitter outlet directly toward the surface creates a chimney effect, which should be avoided, and to ensure that there are adequate oxygen for root respiration. A field study was conducted in 2010 and 2011, to evaluate the effect of air-injection into the irrigation stream in SDI on the performance of corn. Experimental treatments were drip irrigation (DI), SDI, and SDI with air injection. The leaf area per plant with air injected was 1.477 and 1.0045 times greater in the aerated treatment than in DI and SDI, respectively. Grain filling was faster, and terminated earlier under air-injected drip system, than in DI. Root distribution, stem diameter, plant height and number of grains per plant were noticed to be higher under air injection than DI and SDI. Air injection had the highest water use efficiency (WUE) and irrigation water use efficiency (IWUE) in both growing seasons; with values of 1.442 and 1.096 in 2010 and 1.463 and 1.112 in 2011 for WUE and IWUE respectively. In comparison with DI and SDI, the air injection treatment achieved a significantly higher productivity through the two seasons. Yield increases due to air injection were 37.78% and 12.27% greater in 2010 and 38.46% and 12.5% in 2011 compared to the DI and SDI treatments, respectively. Data from this study indicate that corn yield can be improved under SDI if the drip water is aerated.

  2. Spin-dependent transport behavior in C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3} based spin valves with a magnetite electrode (invited)

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    Zhang, Xianmin Mizukami, Shigemi; Ma, Qinli; Kubota, Takahide; Miyazaki, Terunobu; Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo

    2014-05-07

    The spin-dependent transport behavior in organic semiconductors (OSs) is generally observed at low temperatures, which likely results from poor spin injection efficiency at room temperature from the ferromagnetic metal electrodes to the OS layer. Possible reasons for this are the low Curie temperature and/or the small spin polarization efficiency for the ferromagnetic electrodes used in these devices. Magnetite has potential as an advanced candidate for use as the electrode in spintronic devices, because it can achieve 100% spin polarization efficiency in theory, and has a high Curie temperature (850 K). Here, we fabricated two types of organic spin valves using magnetite as a high efficiency electrode. C{sub 60} and 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq{sub 3}) were employed as the OS layers. Magnetoresistance ratios of around 8% and over 6% were obtained in C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3}-based spin valves at room temperature, respectively, which are two of the highest magnetoresistance ratios in organic spin valves reported thus far. The magnetoresistance effect was systemically investigated by varying the thickness of the Alq{sub 3} layer. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance ratios for C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3}-based spin valves were evaluated to gain insight into the spin-dependent transport behavior. This study provides a useful method in designing organic spin devices operated at room temperature.

  3. An electro-optical and electron injection study of benzothiazole-based squaraine dyes as efficient dye-sensitized solar cell materials: a first principles study.

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    Al-Fahdan, Najat Saeed; Asiri, Abdullah M; Irfan, Ahmad; Basaif, Salem A; El-Shishtawy, Reda M

    2014-12-01

    Squaraine dyes have attracted significant attention in many areas of daily life from biomedical imaging to semiconducting materials. Moreover, these dyes are used as photoactive materials in the field of solar cells. In the present study, we investigated the structural, electronic, photophysical, and charge transport properties of six benzothiazole-based squaraine dyes (Cis-SQ1-Cis-SQ3 and Trans-SQ1-Trans-SQ3). The effect of electron donating (-OCH3) and electron withdrawing (-COOH) groups was investigated intensively. Ground state geometry and frequency calculations were performed by applying density functional theory (DFT) at B3LYP/6-31G** level of theory. Absorption spectra were computed in chloroform at the time-dependent DFT/B3LYP/6-31G** level of theory. The driving force of electron injection (ΔG (inject)), relative driving force of electron injection (ΔG r (inject)), electronic coupling constants (|VRP|) and light harvesting efficiency (LHE) of all six compounds were calculated and compared with previously studied sensitizers. The ΔG (inject), ΔG r (inject) and |VRP| of all six compounds revealed that these sensitizers would be efficient dye-sensitized solar cell materials. Cis/Trans-SQ3 exhibited superior LHE as compared to other derivatives. The Cis/Trans geometric effect was studied and discussed with regard to electro-optical and charge transport properties.

  4. Improved light extraction efficiency in organic light emitting diodes with a perforated WO3 hole injection layer fabricated by use of colloidal lithography.

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    Choi, Chung Sock; Lee, Sung-Min; Lim, Myung Sub; Choi, Kyung Cheol; Kim, Donghyuk; Jeon, Duk Young; Yang, Youngjo; Park, O Ok

    2012-03-12

    We present an organic light emitting diode with a perforated WO3 hole injection layer to improve the light extraction efficiency. The two-dimensionally perforated WO3 layer was fabricated by use of colloidal lithography. The light extraction efficiency was improved due to Bragg scattering of waveguide modes and surface plasmon polaritons, and the operating voltage was also decreased. As a result, the external quantum efficiency and the power efficiency were increased as compared with those of conventional organic light emitting diodes without WO3 layer. The angular dependence of emission characteristics was investigated by measuring radiant intensity profiles for emission angles and azimuthal angles.

  5. Charging of quantum dots by sulfide redox electrolytes reduces electron injection efficiency in quantum dot sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhu, Haiming; Song, Nianhui; Lian, Tianquan

    2013-08-07

    In quantum dot (QD) sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), redox electrolytes act as hole scavengers to regenerate the QD ground state from its oxidized form, thus enabling a continuous device operation. However, unlike molecular sensitizers, QDs also have redox-active trap states within the band gap, which can be charged in the presence of redox electrolyte. The effects of electrolyte induced charging of QDs on the performance of QDSSCs have not been reported. Here, using steady-state and time-resolved absorption and emission spectroscopy, we show that CdSe/CdS3MLZnCdS2MLZnS2ML core/multishell QDs are charged in the presence of sulfide electrolytes due to the reduction of surface states. As a result, exciton lifetimes in these QDs are shortened due to an Auger recombination process. Such charging induced fast Auger recombination can compete effectively with electron transfer from QDs to TiO2 and reduce the electron injection efficiency in QDSSCs. We believe that the reported charging effects are present for most colloidal nanocrystals in the presence of redox media and have important implications for designing QD-based photovoltaic and photocatalytic devices.

  6. BiVO{sub 4} photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Gong, Haibo; Freudenberg, Norman; Nie, Man; Krol, Roel van de; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-04-15

    Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO{sub 4}) thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the BiVO{sub 4} films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO{sub 4} films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO{sub 4} phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO{sub 4} films, the photocurrent increased 2.6 times compared to undoped films. After optimization of the BiVO{sub 4} film thickness, the photocurrent densities (without a catalyst or a blocking layer or a hole scavenger) exceeded 1.2 mA/cm{sup 2} at a potential of 1.23 V{sub RHE} under solar AM1.5 irradiation. The surprisingly high injection efficiency of holes into the electrolyte is attributed to the highly porous film morphology. This co-magnetron sputtering preparation route for photoactive BiVO{sub 4} films opens new possibilities for the fabrication of large-scale devices for water splitting.

  7. BiVO4 photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Gong, Haibo; Freudenberg, Norman; Nie, Man; van de Krol, Roel; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-04-01

    Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the BiVO4 films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO4 films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO4 phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO4 films, the photocurrent increased 2.6 times compared to undoped films. After optimization of the BiVO4 film thickness, the photocurrent densities (without a catalyst or a blocking layer or a hole scavenger) exceeded 1.2 mA/cm2 at a potential of 1.23 VRHE under solar AM1.5 irradiation. The surprisingly high injection efficiency of holes into the electrolyte is attributed to the highly porous film morphology. This co-magnetron sputtering preparation route for photoactive BiVO4 films opens new possibilities for the fabrication of large-scale devices for water splitting.

  8. Reproductive efficiency of cows with endometritis after treatment with intrauterine infusions or prostaglandin injections, or no treatment.

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    Knutti, B; Küpfer, U; Busato, A

    2000-12-01

    Data from 3276 cows with 6598 lactations in 85 herds participating in a herd health monitoring programme were selected for an observational study. Cases of endometritis were diagnosed based on a clinical examination after 21 days postpartum. The cases were grouped by the severity of endometritis (mild, severe) and by the treatment performed (intrauterine infusion, prostaglandin injection, no treatment). The conception rates and the calving-to-conception intervals of these groups were compared statistically. Conception rate was lower in cows with severe endometritis compared to cows with mild endometritis while it did not differ between treatment groups. In cows with mild endometritis a significantly longer calving-to-conception interval was observed if intrauterine infusions were performed compared to the other two treatment options. The occurrence of other fertility problems during the same service period had a significant effect on conception rate and calving-to-conception intervals. In cows with severe endometritis intrauterine or prostaglandin treatments appeared to be beneficial, whereas intrauterine infusions in cows with slight endometritis had a negative effect on reproductive efficiency.

  9. Effect of sperm pretreatment with sodium hydroxide and dithiothreitol on the efficiency of bovine intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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    Arias, M E; Sánchez, R; Risopatrón, J; Pérez, L; Felmer, R

    2014-01-01

    The efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in bovines is lower than in other species due, in part, to a lack of optimal conditions for its implementation; this has hindered the achievement of high rates of embryonic development and the birth of live offspring. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of pretreatment of bovine spermatozoa with NaOH and dithiothreitol (DTT) on the viability, plasma membrane integrity, DNA fragmentation and in vitro developmental potential of embryos generated by ICSI. Following pretreatment of spermatozoa with 5 mM DTT for 20 min and a low concentration of NaOH (1 mM for 60 min), there were fewer live and acrosome reacted spermatozoa (44% and 34%, respectively) than in the control group without treatment (82%). Spermatozoa subjected to higher alkali concentrations (10-50 mM) were mostly dead and reacted. However, pronuclear formation, cleavage, blastocyst rate and embryo quality did not differ between these pretreatment groups and the untreated control group. In conclusion, we have described, for the first time, the effects of NaOH treatment on bovine spermatozoa and subsequent in vitro embryonic development after ICSI, and have demonstrated that pretreatment of bovine spermatozoa with NaOH or DTT is not necessary for an appropriate in vitro embryo development in this species.

  10. Efficiency enhancement of polymer solar cells by applying poly(vinylpyrrolidone) as a cathode buffer layer via spin coating or self-assembly.

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    Wang, Haitao; Zhang, Wenfeng; Xu, Chenhui; Bi, Xianghong; Chen, Boxue; Yang, Shangfeng

    2013-01-01

    A non-conjugated polymer poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) was applied as a new cathode buffer layer in P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ-PSCs), by means of either spin coating or self-assembly, resulting in significant efficiency enhancement. For the case of incorporation of PVP by spin coating, power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/PVP/Al BHJ-PSC device (3.90%) is enhanced by 29% under the optimum PVP spin-coating speed of 3000 rpm, which leads to the optimum thickness of PVP layer of ~3 nm. Such an efficiency enhancement is found to be primarily due to the increase of the short-circuit current (J(sc)) (31% enhancement), suggesting that the charge collection increases upon the incorporation of a PVP cathode buffer layer, which originates from the conjunct effects of the formation of a dipole layer between P3HT:PCBM active layer and Al electrodes, the chemical reactions of PVP molecules with Al atoms, and the increase of the roughness of the top Al film. Incorporation of PVP layer by doping PVP directly into the P3HT:PCBM active layer leads to an enhancement of PCE by 13% under the optimum PVP doping ratio of 3%, and this is interpreted by the migration of PVP molecules to the surface of the active layer via self-assembly, resulting in the formation of the PVP cathode buffer layer. While the formation of the PVP cathode buffer layer is fulfilled by both fabrication methods (spin coating and self-assembly), the dependence of the enhancement of the device performance on the thickness of the PVP cathode buffer layer formed by self-assembly or spin coating is different, because of the different aggregation microstructures of the PVP interlayer.

  11. Nonmagnetic semiconductor spin transistor

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    Hall, K. C.; Lau, Wayne H.; Gündoǧdu, K.; Flatté, Michael E.; Boggess, Thomas F.

    2003-10-01

    We propose a spin transistor using only nonmagnetic materials that exploits the characteristics of bulk inversion asymmetry (BIA) in (110) symmetric quantum wells. We show that extremely large spin splittings due to BIA are possible in (110) InAs/GaSb/AlSb heterostructures, which together with the enhanced spin decay times in (110) quantum wells demonstrates the potential for exploitation of BIA effects in semiconductor spintronics devices. Spin injection and detection is achieved using spin-dependent resonant interband tunneling and spin transistor action is realized through control of the electron spin lifetime in an InAs lateral transport channel using an applied electric field (Rashba effect). This device may also be used as a spin valve, or a magnetic field sensor.

  12. Exceeding 4% external quantum efficiency in ultraviolet organic light-emitting diode using PEDOT:PSS/MoOx double-stacked hole injection layer

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    Zhang, Xiaowen; You, Fengjiao; Liu, Shiqi; Mo, Bingjie; Zhang, Zheling; Xiong, Jian; Cai, Ping; Xue, Xiaogang; Zhang, Jian; Wei, Bin

    2017-01-01

    An effective and simple method has been explored to construct an efficient ultraviolet organic light-emitting diode (OLED) by incorporating poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/MoOx double-stacked hole injection layer (HIL) and slightly retarding electron injection for achieving extremely balanced charge carriers. The device produces 4.6% external quantum efficiency with an attractive ultraviolet emission peak of 377 nm and full width at half maximum of 35 nm. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and impedance spectroscopy analysis determine the substantially enhanced hole injection capacity of PEDOT:PSS/MoOx double-stacked HIL, which accordingly contributes to optimizing carrier balance. The results pave a way to advancing OLED in potential application towards short wavelength emission.

  13. Dual optical role of low-index injection layers for efficient polarizer-free high contrast-ratio organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Cho, Hyunsu; Chung, Jin; Lee, Jaeho; Kim, Eunhye; Yoo, Seunghyup

    2015-04-20

    Polarizer-free high contrast-ratio organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are explored with a structure involving a semi-reflective Cr-based bottom electrode and a dielectric-capped thin Ag top electrode. Their efficiency is shown to be improved significantly with little sacrifice in luminous reflectance by adopting low-refractive-index injection layers that can increase the effective reflectance from the bottom electrode and simultaneously reduce the loss owing to surface plasmon polariton modes. OLEDs employing a low-refractive-index injection layer exhibit improved current efficiency by up to ca. 27.4% than those using index-matched injection layers, with luminous reflectance maintained at as low as 4%.

  14. Highly efficient tandem OLED based on C60/rubrene: MoO3 as charge generation layer and LiF/Al as electron injection layer

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    Liu, Yang; Wu, Xiaoming; Xiao, Zhihui; Gao, Jian; Zhang, Juan; Rui, Hongsong; Lin, Xin; Zhang, Nan; Hua, Yulin; Yin, Shougen

    2017-08-01

    Tandem organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have received much attention in solid-state lighting due to their high current efficiency, long lifetime and excellent stability. The highly efficient blue fluorescent tandem OLEDs based on the charge generation layer (CGL) of C60/rubrene: MoO3 and the electron injection layer (EIL) of LiF/Al were fabricated. The ultra-thin Al layer in EIL was introduced to further increase electron injection from CGL to the emission unit. We found that the maximal current efficiency and power efficiency of optimal tandem device can reach to 43.1 cd/A and 15.1 lm/W, respectively, which are approximately 2.8 and 1.9 times compared with those of single-emissive-unit device. Moreover, compared with the traditional tandem device, the driving voltage of the optimal device is reduced by 6 V, and the turn-on voltage is reduced by 2.4 V. We analyzed the mechanism and characterization of these tandem devices. The effective charge separation and transport of C60/rubrene: MoO3, and excellent electron injection ability of ultra-thin Al layer are the main factors for the remarkable enhancement in both current efficiency and power efficiency of tandem OLEDs.

  15. Theory of the spin Seebeck effect.

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    Adachi, Hiroto; Uchida, Ken-ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2013-03-01

    The spin Seebeck effect refers to the generation of a spin voltage caused by a temperature gradient in a ferromagnet, which enables the thermal injection of spin currents from the ferromagnet into an attached nonmagnetic metal over a macroscopic scale of several millimeters. The inverse spin Hall effect converts the injected spin current into a transverse charge voltage, thereby producing electromotive force as in the conventional charge Seebeck device. Recent theoretical and experimental efforts have shown that the magnon and phonon degrees of freedom play crucial roles in the spin Seebeck effect. In this paper, we present the theoretical basis for understanding the spin Seebeck effect and briefly discuss other thermal spin effects.

  16. Southeast Geyers Cooperative Tracer Evaluation and Testing Program for the Purpose of Estimating The Efficiency of Injection

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    J.L. Smith

    2001-02-12

    The Southeast Geysers Cooperative Tracer Evaluation Program has been a joint project located in the SE part of the Geysers geothermal field, in Lake and Sonoma Counties, California. A new generation of environmentally benign vapor-phase tracers has been used to estimate the varying degrees to which injectate is being recovered following the significant increase of injected volumes within the Southeast Geysers.

  17. Efficiency droop suppression in GaN-based light-emitting diodes by chirped multiple quantum well structure at high current injection

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    Zhao, Yu-Kun; Li, Yu-Feng; Huang, Ya-Ping; Wang, Hong; Su, Xi-Lin; Ding, Wen; Yun, Feng

    2015-05-01

    Gallium nitride (GaN) based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with chirped multiple quantum well (MQW) structures have been investigated experimentally and numerically in this paper. Compared to conventional LEDs with uniform quantum wells (QWs), LEDs with chirped MQW structures have better internal quantum efficiency (IQE) and carrier injection efficiency. The droop ratios of LEDs with chirped MQW structures show a remarkable improvement at 600 mA/mm2, reduced down from 28.6% (conventional uniform LEDs) to 23.7% (chirped MQWs-a) and 18.6% (chirped MQWs-b), respectively. Meanwhile, the peak IQE increases from 76.9% (uniform LEDs) to 83.7% (chirped MQWs-a) and 88.6% (chirped MQWs-b). The reservoir effect of chirped MQW structures is the significant reason as it could increase hole injection efficiency and radiative recombination. The leakage current and Auger recombination of chirped MQW structures can also be suppressed. Furthermore, the chirped MQWs-b structure with lower potential barriers can enhance the reservoir effect and obtain further improvement of the carrier injection efficiency and radiative recombination, as well as further suppressing efficiency droop. Project suppored by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA032608), the Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Material of Xi’an Jiaotong University, China (Grant No. 20121201), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China.

  18. Spin Seebeck power generators

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    Cahaya, Adam B.; Tretiakov, O. A.; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.

    2014-01-27

    We derive expressions for the efficiency and figure of merit of two spin caloritronic devices based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), i.e., the generation of spin currents by a temperature gradient. The inverse spin Hall effect is conventionally used to detect the SSE and offers advantages for large area applications. We also propose a device that converts spin current into electric one by means of a spin-valve detector, which scales favorably to small sizes and approaches a figure of merit of 0.5 at room temperature.

  19. Spin pumping and inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect in NiFe/Ag/Bi and NiFe/Ag/Sb

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    Zhang, Wei; Jungfleisch, Matthias B.; Jiang, Wanjun; ...

    2015-03-20

    The Rashba effect is an interaction between the spin and the momentum of electrons induced by the spin-orbit coupling in surface or interface states. Here, we measured the inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect via spin pumping in Ag/Bi and Ag/Sb interfaces. The spin current is injected from the ferromagnetic resonance of a NiFe layer towards the Rashba interfaces, where it is further converted into a charge current. While using spin pumping theory, we quantify the conversion parameter of spin to charge current to be 0.11 ± 0.02 nm for Ag/Bi and a factor of ten smaller for Ag/Sb. Furthermore, the relative strengthmore » of the effect is in agreement with spectroscopic measurements and first principles calculations. The spin pumping experiment offers a straight-forward approach of using spin current as an efficient probe for detecting interface Rashba splitting.« less

  20. Spin pumping and inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect in NiFe/Ag/Bi and NiFe/Ag/Sb

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    Zhang, Wei; Jungfleisch, Matthias B.; Jiang, Wanjun; Pearson, John E.; Hoffmann, Axel

    2015-03-20

    The Rashba effect is an interaction between the spin and the momentum of electrons induced by the spin-orbit coupling in surface or interface states. Here, we measured the inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect via spin pumping in Ag/Bi and Ag/Sb interfaces. The spin current is injected from the ferromagnetic resonance of a NiFe layer towards the Rashba interfaces, where it is further converted into a charge current. While using spin pumping theory, we quantify the conversion parameter of spin to charge current to be 0.11 ± 0.02 nm for Ag/Bi and a factor of ten smaller for Ag/Sb. Furthermore, the relative strength of the effect is in agreement with spectroscopic measurements and first principles calculations. The spin pumping experiment offers a straight-forward approach of using spin current as an efficient probe for detecting interface Rashba splitting.

  1. Simultaneous spin-coating and solvent annealing: Manipulating the active layer morphology to a power conversion efficiency of 9.6% in polymer solar cells

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    He, Zhicai; Liu, Feng; Wang, Cheng; ...

    2015-08-20

    Here, we developed a simultaneous spin-coating/solvent-annealing process and demonstrated morphology optimization for PTB7 based organic photovoltaics. This novel processing method enhances the edge-on crystalline content in thin films and induces the formation of weak PCBM aggregates. As a result, the efficiency of polymer solar cells increased from 9.2% to a certified high efficiency of 9.61%, owing to an enhanced short-circuit current (Jsc, 18.4 mA cm–2vs. 17. 5 mA cm–2) and an improved fill factor.

  2. Simultaneous spin-coating and solvent annealing: Manipulating the active layer morphology to a power conversion efficiency of 9.6% in polymer solar cells

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    He, Zhicai; Liu, Feng; Wang, Cheng; Chen, Jihua; He, Lilin; Nordlund, Dennis; Wu, Hongbin; Russell, Thomas P.; Cao, Yong

    2015-08-20

    Here, we developed a simultaneous spin-coating/solvent-annealing process and demonstrated morphology optimization for PTB7 based organic photovoltaics. This novel processing method enhances the edge-on crystalline content in thin films and induces the formation of weak PCBM aggregates. As a result, the efficiency of polymer solar cells increased from 9.2% to a certified high efficiency of 9.61%, owing to an enhanced short-circuit current (Jsc, 18.4 mA cm–2vs. 17. 5 mA cm–2) and an improved fill factor.

  3. Testing Reciprocity of Spin Pumping and Spin Transfer Torque in Ferromagnet/Spin-Orbit Metal Heterostructures

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    Boone, Carl; Emori, Satoru; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian

    2015-03-01

    Spin pumping from a ferromagnet (FM) to a normal metal (NM) and spin transfer torque (STT) generated in a FM from an injected spin current should be reciprocal processes governed by the spin mixing conductance. The same should be true for the spin Hall effect (SHE) and inverse SHE, which are used to generate and measure spin currents. Past experiments on multilayer thin films involving FM and NM interfaces have measured only spin pumping or spin injection, and have utilized incomplete modeling that results in different effective values for the same parameter such as the spin mixing conductance or spin Hall angle. This gives rise to a large range of values reported in the literature. Here we develop a complete model for spin flow in the FM/NM system including SHE, spin diffusion and spin pumping that allows us to determine the true values of the spin transport parameters. To explore the physcis we use STT-ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) experiments of NM/FM/NM trilayers, and FMR spectroscopy of FM/NM bilayers where we simultaneously measure damping changes due to spin pumping, voltage generated by the inverse SHE, and STT generated by the SHE. These experiments, combined with the complete modeling, allow us to test the reciprocity of spin pumping and STT plus the SHE and its inverse.

  4. The compositional, structural, and magnetic properties of a Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Xu, Zhonghua; Huang, Shimin; Tang, Kun; Gu, Shulin; Zhu, Shunming; Ye, Jiandong; Xu, Mingxiang; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Youdou

    2016-12-01

    In this article, the authors have designed and fabricated a Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The compositional, structural, and magnetic properties of the hetero-structure have been characterized and discussed. From the characterizations, the hetero-structure has been successfully grown generally. However, due to the unintentional diffusion of Ga ions from Ga2O3/GaN layers, the most part of the nominal Fe3O4 layer is actually in the form of GaxFe3-xO4 with gradually decreased x values from the Fe3O4/Ga2O3 interface to the Fe3O4 surface. Post-annealing process can further aggravate the diffusion. Due to the similar ionic radius of Ga and Fe, the structural configuration of the GaxFe3-xO4 does not differ from that of pure Fe3O4. However, the ferromagnetism has been reduced with the incorporation of Ga into Fe3O4, which has been explained by the increased Yafet-Kittel angles in presence of considerable amount of Ga incorporation. A different behavior of the magnetoresistance has been found on the as-grown and annealed samples, which could be modelled and explained by the competition between the spin-dependent and spin-independent conduction channels. This work has provided detailed information on the interfacial properties of the Fe3O4/Ga2O3/GaN spin injecting hetero-structure, which is the solid basis for further improvement and application of the structure.

  5. Direct measurement of Auger electrons emitted from a semiconductor light-emitting diode under electrical injection: identification of the dominant mechanism for efficiency droop.

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    Iveland, Justin; Martinelli, Lucio; Peretti, Jacques; Speck, James S; Weisbuch, Claude

    2013-04-26

    We report on the unambiguous detection of Auger electrons by electron emission spectroscopy from a cesiated InGaN/GaN light-emitting diode under electrical injection. Electron emission spectra were measured as a function of the current injected in the device. The appearance of high energy electron peaks simultaneously with an observed drop in electroluminescence efficiency shows that hot carriers are being generated in the active region (InGaN quantum wells) by an Auger process. A linear correlation was measured between the high energy emitted electron current and the "droop current"--the missing component of the injected current for light emission. We conclude that the droop phenomenon in GaN light-emitting diodes originates from the excitation of Auger processes.

  6. Spin-polarized quasiparticle injection effect in MOCVD-grown YBa 2Cu 3O 7/SrTiO 3/La 1- xSr xMnO 3 heterostructures

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    Plausinaitiene, V.; Abrutis, A.; Vengalis, B.; Butkute, R.; Senateur, J. P.; Saltyte, Z.; Kubilius, V.

    2001-03-01

    Metal oxide heterostructures consisting of the ferromagnetic La 1- xSr xMnO 3 ( x≈0.3) underlayer, thin ( d≅5-10 nm) SrTiO 3 barrier layer and YBa 2Cu 3O 7 cap layer were grown on single crystal LaAlO 3 (1 0 0) substrates at 825°C under oxygen pressure of about 200 Pa by single source pulsed injection MOCVD method. The technological conditions were optimized in order to improve crystallinity and surface quality of the constituent layers. Wet etching was applied to form tape-like superconducting films for investigation of both longitudinal and transverse electrical transport in the heterostructures. Significant suppression of supercurrent has been found by injecting tunneling spin-polarized current from the underlying FM layer.

  7. DMF as an Additive in a Two-Step Spin-Coating Method for 20% Conversion Efficiency in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Jionghua; Xu, Xin; Zhao, Yanhong; Shi, Jiangjian; Xu, Yuzhuan; Luo, Yanhong; Li, Dongmei; Wu, Huijue; Meng, Qingbo

    2017-08-16

    DMF as an additive has been employed in FAI/MAI/IPA (FA= CH2(NH2)2, MA = CH3NH3, IPA = isopropanol) solution for a two-step multicycle spin-coating method in order to prepare high-quality FAxMA1-xPbI2.55Br0.45 perovskite films. Further investigation reveals that the existence of DMF in the FAI/MAI/IPA solution can facilitate perovskite conversion, improve the film morphology, and reduce crystal defects, thus enhancing charge-transfer efficiency. By optimization of the DMF amount and spin-coating cycles, compact, pinhole-free perovskite films are obtained. The nucleation mechanisms of perovskite films in our multicycle spin-coating process are suggested; that is, the introduction of DMF in the spin-coating FAI/MAI/IPA solution can lead to the formation of an amorphous phase PbX2-AI-DMSO-DMF (X = I, Br; A = FA, MA) instead of intermediate phase (MA)2Pb3I8·2DMSO. This amorphous phase, similar to that in the one-step method, can help FAI/MAI penetrate into the PbI2 framework to completely convert into the perovskite. As high as 20.1% power conversion efficiency (PCE) has been achieved with a steady-state PCE of 19.1%. Our work offers a simple repeatable method to prepare high-quality perovskite films for high-performance PSCs and also help further understand the perovskite-crystallization process.

  8. Polarization self-screening in [0001] oriented InGaN/GaN light-emitting diodes for improving the electron injection efficiency

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    Zhang, Zi-Hui; Liu, Wei; Ju, Zhengang; Tiam Tan, Swee; Ji, Yun; Zhang, Xueliang; Wang, Liancheng; Kyaw, Zabu; Wei Sun, Xiao E-mail: volkan@stanfordalumni.org; Volkan Demir, Hilmi E-mail: volkan@stanfordalumni.org

    2014-06-23

    InGaN/GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) grown along the [0001] orientation inherit very strong polarization induced electric fields. This results in a reduced effective conduction band barrier height for the p-type AlGaN electron blocking layer (EBL) and makes the electron blocking effect relatively ineffective and the electron injection efficiency drops. Here, we show the concept of polarization self-screening for improving the electron injection efficiency. In this work, the proposed polarization self-screening effect was studied and proven through growing a p-type EBL with AlN composition partially graded along the [0001] orientation, which induces the bulk polarization charges. These bulk polarization charges are utilized to effectively self-screen the positive polarization induced interface charges located at the interface between the EBL and the last quantum barrier when designed properly. Using this approach, the electron leakage is suppressed and the LED performance is enhanced significantly.

  9. Femtosecond laser-induced crystallization of amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film and coherent phonon spectroscopy characterization and optical injection of electron spins

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    Li Simian; Huang Huan; Wang Yang; Wu Yiqun; Gan Fuxi; Zhu Weiling; Wang Wenfang; Chen Ke; Yao Daoxin; Lai Tianshu

    2011-09-01

    A femtosecond laser-irradiated crystallizing technique is tried to convert amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film into crystalline film. Sensitive coherent phonon spectroscopy (CPS) is used to monitor the crystallization of amorphous Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film at the original irradiation site. The CPS reveals that the vibration strength of two phonon modes that correspond to the characteristic phonon modes (A{sub 1g}{sup 1} and E{sub g}) of crystalline Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} enhances with increasing laser irradiation fluence (LIF), showing the rise of the degree of crystallization with LIF and that femtosecond laser irradiation is a good post-treatment technique. Time-resolved circularly polarized pump-probe spectroscopy is used to investigate electron spin relaxation dynamics of the laser-induced crystallized Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film. Spin relaxation process indeed is observed, confirming the theoretical predictions on the validity of spin-dependent optical transition selection rule and the feasibility of transient spin-grating-based optical detection scheme of spin-plasmon collective modes in Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}-like topological insulators.

  10. Direct Observation of the Biaxial Stress Effect on Efficiency Droop in GaN-based Light-emitting Diode under Electrical Injection

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    Zheng, Jinjian; Li, Shuiqing; Chou, Chilun; Lin, Wei; Xun, Feilin; Guo, Fei; Zheng, Tongchang; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2015-01-01

    Light-emitting diode (LED) efficiency has attracted considerable interest because of the extended use of solid-state lighting. Owing to lack of direct measurement, identification of the reasons for efficiency droop has been restricted. A direct measurement technique is developed in this work for characterization of biaxial stress in GaN-based blue LEDs under electrical injection. The Raman shift of the GaN E2 mode evidently decreases by 4.4 cm−1 as the driving current on GaN-based LEDs increases to 700 mA. Biaxial compressive stress is released initially and biaxial tensile stress builds up as the current increases with respect to the value of stress-free GaN. First-principles calculations reveal that electron accumulation is responsible for the stress variation in InxGa1−xN/GaN quantum wells, and then reduces the transition probability among quantum levels. This behavior is consistent with the measured current-dependent external quantum efficiency. The rule of biaxial stress-dependent efficiency is further validated by controlling the biaxial stress of GaN-based LEDs with different sapphire substrate thicknesses. This work provides a method for direct observation of the biaxial stress effect on efficiency droop in LEDs under electrical injection. PMID:26634816

  11. A strategy to minimize the energy offset in carrier injection from excited dyes to inorganic semiconductors for efficient dye-sensitized solar energy conversion.

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    Fujisawa, Jun-Ichi; Osawa, Ayumi; Hanaya, Minoru

    2016-08-10

    Photoinduced carrier injection from dyes to inorganic semiconductors is a crucial process in various dye-sensitized solar energy conversions such as photovoltaics and photocatalysis. It has been reported that an energy offset larger than 0.2-0.3 eV (threshold value) is required for efficient electron injection from excited dyes to metal-oxide semiconductors such as titanium dioxide (TiO2). Because the energy offset directly causes loss in the potential of injected electrons, it is a crucial issue to minimize the energy offset for efficient solar energy conversions. However, a fundamental understanding of the energy offset, especially the threshold value, has not been obtained yet. In this paper, we report the origin of the threshold value of the energy offset, solving the long-standing questions of why such a large energy offset is necessary for the electron injection and which factors govern the threshold value, and suggest a strategy to minimize the threshold value. The threshold value is determined by the sum of two reorganization energies in one-electron reduction of semiconductors and typically-used donor-acceptor (D-A) dyes. In fact, the estimated values (0.21-0.31 eV) for several D-A dyes are in good agreement with the threshold value, supporting our conclusion. In addition, our results reveal that the threshold value is possible to be reduced by enlarging the π-conjugated system of the acceptor moiety in dyes and enhancing its structural rigidity. Furthermore, we extend the analysis to hole injection from excited dyes to semiconductors. In this case, the threshold value is given by the sum of two reorganization energies in one-electron oxidation of semiconductors and D-A dyes.

  12. Unveiling self-assembled monolayers' potential for molecular spintronics: spin transport at high voltage.

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    Galbiati, Marta; Barraud, Clément; Tatay, Sergio; Bouzehouane, Karim; Deranlot, Cyrile; Jacquet, Eric; Fert, Albert; Seneor, Pierre; Mattana, Richard; Petroff, Frédéric

    2012-12-18

    Molecular magnetic tunnel junctions using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as tunnel barriers show stable and efficient spin transport properties. Large tunnel magnetoresistance with a flat bias voltage dependence of the magnetoresistance is observed in La(2/3) Sr(1/3) MnO(3) /dodecylphosphonic acid SAM/Co nanocontacts. This opens the door to spintronic tailoring though SAM engineering and could also lead to new venues for spin injection in organic devices.

  13. Efficient Preparation and Nondestructive Analysis of Photon and Spin Entangled States with Double-Sided Cavity and Nitrogen-Vacancy Center Coupled System

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    Lin, Jin-Zhong

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we study the preparation and nondestructive analysis of photon and spin entangled states with double-sided cavity and nitrogen-vacancy center coupled system, which is efficient in weak-coupling regime. The setups are based on some simple linear optical elements, delay lines and conventional photon detectors, which are feasible with existing experimental technology. Numerical simulation demonstrates that all protocols' fidelities and successful probabilities are high in principle. Therefore, our protocols may be useful for decreasing the experimental requirements for preparation and nondestructive analysis of entangled states.

  14. Cytoplasmic injection of murine zygotes with Sleeping Beauty transposon plasmids and minicircles results in the efficient generation of germline transgenic mice.

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    Garrels, Wiebke; Talluri, Thirumala R; Ziegler, Maren; Most, Ilka; Forcato, Diego O; Schmeer, Marco; Schleef, Martin; Ivics, Zoltán; Kues, Wilfried A

    2016-01-01

    Transgenesis in the mouse is an essential tool for the understanding of gene function and genome organization. Here, we describe a simplified microinjection protocol for efficient germline transgenesis and sustained transgene expression in the mouse model employing binary Sleeping Beauty transposon constructs of different topology. The protocol is based on co-injection of supercoiled plasmids or minicircles, encoding the Sleeping Beauty transposase and a transposon construct, into the cytoplasm of murine zygotes. Importantly, this simplified injection avoids the mechanical penetration of the vulnerable pronuclear membrane, resulting in higher survival rates of treated embryos and a more rapid pace of injections. Upon translation of the transposase, transposase-catalyzed transposition into the genome results in stable transgenic animals carrying monomeric transgenes. In summary, cytoplasmic injection of binary transposon constructs is a feasible, plasmid-based, and simplified microinjection method to generate genetically modified mice. The modular design of the components allows the multiplexing of different transposons, and the generation of multi-transposon transgenic mice in a single step. Copyright © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. A π-π conjugation-containing soft and conductive injectable polymer hydrogel highly efficiently rebuilds cardiac function after myocardial infarction.

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    Bao, Rui; Tan, Baoyu; Liang, Shuang; Zhang, Ning; Wang, Wei; Liu, Wenguang

    2017-04-01

    Previous studies suggested that a stiffer hydrogel system exhibited a better performance to promote heart function after myocardial infarction (MI). However, the nature of myocardium, a tissue that alternately contracts and relaxes with electrical impulses, leads us to hypothesize that a soft and conductive hydrogel may be in favor of mechanical and electrical signals transmission to enhance heart function after MI. In this work, π-π conjugation interaction was first employed to produce a soft injectable hydrogel with conductive property. Melamine with π-π conjugation ring was used as a core to synthesize a multi-armed crosslinker PEGDA700-Melamine (PEG-MEL), which could crosslink with thiol-modified hyaluronic acid (HA-SH) to form an injectable hydrogel rapidly. By incorporating graphene oxide (GO), the injectable PEG-MEL/HA-SH/GO hydrogel exhibited a soft (G' = 25 Pa) and anti-fatigue mechanical property and conductive property (G = 2.84 × 10(-4) S/cm). The hydrogel encapsulating adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ADSCs) was injected into MI area of rats. The significant increase in α-Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA) and Connexin 43 (Cx43) expression confirmed that the gel efficiently promoted the transmission of mechanical and electrical signals. Meanwhile, a significant improvement of heart functions, such as distinct increase of ejection fraction (EF), smaller infarction size, less fibrosis area, and higher vessel density, was achieved.

  16. Spin-Pump-Induced Spin Transport in p-Type Si at Room Temperature

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    Shikoh, Eiji; Ando, Kazuya; Kubo, Kazuki; Saitoh, Eiji; Shinjo, Teruya; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2013-03-01

    A spin battery concept is applied for the dynamical generation of pure spin current and spin transport in p-type silicon (p-Si). Ferromagnetic resonance and effective s-d coupling in Ni80Fe20 results in spin accumulation at the Ni80Fe20/p-Si interface, inducing spin injection and the generation of spin current in the p-Si. The pure spin current is converted to a charge current by the inverse spin Hall effect of Pd evaporated onto the p-Si. This approach demonstrates the generation and transport of pure spin current in p-Si at room temperature.

  17. Spin-pump-induced spin transport in p-type Si at room temperature.

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    Shikoh, Eiji; Ando, Kazuya; Kubo, Kazuki; Saitoh, Eiji; Shinjo, Teruya; Shiraishi, Masashi

    2013-03-22

    A spin battery concept is applied for the dynamical generation of pure spin current and spin transport in p-type silicon (p-Si). Ferromagnetic resonance and effective s-d coupling in Ni(80)Fe(20) results in spin accumulation at the Ni(80)Fe(20)/p-Si interface, inducing spin injection and the generation of spin current in the p-Si. The pure spin current is converted to a charge current by the inverse spin Hall effect of Pd evaporated onto the p-Si. This approach demonstrates the generation and transport of pure spin current in p-Si at room temperature.

  18. Electrical detection of spin transport in Si two-dimensional electron gas systems

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    Chang, Li-Te; Fischer, Inga Anita; Tang, Jianshi; Wang, Chiu-Yen; Yu, Guoqiang; Fan, Yabin; Murata, Koichi; Nie, Tianxiao; Oehme, Michael; Schulze, Jörg; Wang, Kang L.

    2016-09-01

    Spin transport in a semiconductor-based two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) system has been attractive in spintronics for more than ten years. The inherent advantages of high-mobility channel and enhanced spin-orbital interaction promise a long spin diffusion length and efficient spin manipulation, which are essential for the application of spintronics devices. However, the difficulty of making high-quality ferromagnetic (FM) contacts to the buried 2DEG channel in the heterostructure systems limits the potential developments in functional devices. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate electrical detection of spin transport in a high-mobility 2DEG system using FM Mn-germanosilicide (Mn(Si0.7Ge0.3)x) end contacts, which is the first report of spin injection and detection in a 2DEG confined in a Si/SiGe modulation doped quantum well structure (MODQW). The extracted spin diffusion length and lifetime are l sf = 4.5 μm and {τ }{{s}}=16 {{ns}} at 1.9 K respectively. Our results provide a promising approach for spin injection into 2DEG system in the Si-based MODQW, which may lead to innovative spintronic applications such as spin-based transistor, logic, and memory devices.

  19. Electrical detection of spin transport in Si two-dimensional electron gas systems.

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    Chang, Li-Te; Fischer, Inga Anita; Tang, Jianshi; Wang, Chiu-Yen; Yu, Guoqiang; Fan, Yabin; Murata, Koichi; Nie, Tianxiao; Oehme, Michael; Schulze, Jörg; Wang, Kang L

    2016-09-09

    Spin transport in a semiconductor-based two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) system has been attractive in spintronics for more than ten years. The inherent advantages of high-mobility channel and enhanced spin-orbital interaction promise a long spin diffusion length and efficient spin manipulation, which are essential for the application of spintronics devices. However, the difficulty of making high-quality ferromagnetic (FM) contacts to the buried 2DEG channel in the heterostructure systems limits the potential developments in functional devices. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate electrical detection of spin transport in a high-mobility 2DEG system using FM Mn-germanosilicide (Mn(Si0.7Ge0.3)x) end contacts, which is the first report of spin injection and detection in a 2DEG confined in a Si/SiGe modulation doped quantum well structure (MODQW). The extracted spin diffusion length and lifetime are l sf = 4.5 μm and [Formula: see text] at 1.9 K respectively. Our results provide a promising approach for spin injection into 2DEG system in the Si-based MODQW, which may lead to innovative spintronic applications such as spin-based transistor, logic, and memory devices.

  20. Significance of symmetry in the nuclear spin Hamiltonian for efficient heteronuclear dipolar decoupling in solid-state NMR: A Floquet description of supercycled rCW schemes.

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    Equbal, Asif; Shankar, Ravi; Leskes, Michal; Vega, Shimon; Nielsen, Niels Chr; Madhu, P K

    2017-03-14

    Symmetry plays an important role in the retention or annihilation of a desired interaction Hamiltonian in NMR experiments. Here, we explore the role of symmetry in the radio-frequency interaction frame Hamiltonian of the refocused-continuous-wave (rCW) pulse scheme that leads to efficient (1)H heteronuclear decoupling in solid-state NMR. It is demonstrated that anti-periodic symmetry of single-spin operators (Ix, Iy, Iz) in the interaction frame can lead to complete annihilation of the (1)H-(1)H homonuclear dipolar coupling effects that induce line broadening in solid-state NMR experiments. This symmetry also plays a critical role in cancelling or minimizing the effect of (1)H chemical-shift anisotropy in the effective Hamiltonian. An analytical description based on Floquet theory is presented here along with experimental evidences to understand the decoupling efficiency of supercycled (concatenated) rCW scheme.

  1. Significance of symmetry in the nuclear spin Hamiltonian for efficient heteronuclear dipolar decoupling in solid-state NMR: A Floquet description of supercycled rCW schemes

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    Equbal, Asif; Shankar, Ravi; Leskes, Michal; Vega, Shimon; Nielsen, Niels Chr.; Madhu, P. K.

    2017-03-01

    Symmetry plays an important role in the retention or annihilation of a desired interaction Hamiltonian in NMR experiments. Here, we explore the role of symmetry in the radio-frequency interaction frame Hamiltonian of the refocused-continuous-wave (rCW) pulse scheme that leads to efficient 1H heteronuclear decoupling in solid-state NMR. It is demonstrated that anti-periodic symmetry of single-spin operators (Ix, Iy, Iz) in the interaction frame can lead to complete annihilation of the 1H-1H homonuclear dipolar coupling effects that induce line broadening in solid-state NMR experiments. This symmetry also plays a critical role in cancelling or minimizing the effect of 1H chemical-shift anisotropy in the effective Hamiltonian. An analytical description based on Floquet theory is presented here along with experimental evidences to understand the decoupling efficiency of supercycled (concatenated) rCW scheme.

  2. Enhancing the conversion efficiency of red emission by spin-coating CdSe quantum dots on the green nanorod light-emitting diode.

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    Lee, Ya-Ju; Lee, Chia-Jung; Cheng, Chun-Mao

    2010-11-08

    A hybrid structure of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) (λ = 640 nm) spin-coated on the indium gallium nitride (InGaN) nanorod light-emitting diode (LED, λ = 525 nm) is successfully fabricated. Experimental results indicate that the randomness and the minuteness of nanorods scatter the upcoming green light into the surrounding CdSe QDs efficiently, subsequently alleviating the likelihood of the emitted photons of red emission being recaptured by the CdSe QDs (self-absorption effect), and that increases the coupling probability of emission lights and the overall conversion efficiency. Moreover, the revealed structure with high color stability provides an alternative solution for general lighting applications of next generation.

  3. Extremely large, gate tunable spin Hall angle in 3D Topological Insulator pn junction

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    Habib, K. M. Masum; Sajjad, Redwan; Ghosh, Avik

    2015-03-01

    The band structure of the surface states of a three dimensional Topological Insulator (3D TI) is similar to that of graphene featuring massless Dirac Fermions. We show that due to this similarity, the chiral tunneling of electron in a graphene pn junction also appears in 3D TI. Electrons with very small incident angle (modes) are allowed to transmit through a TI pn junction (TIPNJ) due to the chiral tunneling. The rest of the electrons are reflected. As a result, the charge current in a TIPNJ is suppressed. Due to the spin momentum locking, all the small angle modes are spin-down states. Therefore, the transmitted end of the TIPNJ becomes highly spin polarized. On the other hand, the spin of the reflected electron is flipped due to spin momentum locking. This enhances the spin current at the injection end. Thus, the interplay between the chiral tunneling and spin momentum locking reduces the charge current but enhances the spin current at the same time, leading to an extremely large (~20) spin Hall angle. Since the chiral tunneling can be controlled by an external electric field, the spin Hall angle is gate tunable. The spin current generated by a TIPNJ can be used for energy-efficient switching of nanoscaled ferromagnets, which is an essential part of spintronic devices. This work is supported by the NRI INDEX center.

  4. Enhancing current-induced torques by abutting additional spin polarizer layer to nonmagnetic metal layer.

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    Go, Gyungchoon; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Kim, Young Keun

    2017-04-04

    Recently, the switching of a perpendicularly magnetized ferromagnet (FM) by injecting an in-plane current into an attached non-magnet (NM) has become of emerging technological interest. This magnetization switching is attributed to the spin-orbit torque (SOT) originating from the strong spin-orbit coupling of the NM layer. However, the switching efficiency of the NM/FM structure itself may be insufficient for practical use, as for example, in spin transfer torque (STT)-based magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. Here we investigate spin torque in an NM/FM structure with an additional spin polarizer (SP) layer abutted to the NM layer. In addition to the SOT contribution, a spin-polarized current from the SP layer creates an extra spin chemical potential difference at the NM/FM interface and gives rise to a STT on the FM layer. We show that, using typical parameters including device width, thickness, spin diffusion length, and the spin Hall angle, the spin torque from the SP layer can be much larger than that from the spin Hall effect (SHE) of the NM.

  5. Enhancing current-induced torques by abutting additional spin polarizer layer to nonmagnetic metal layer

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    Go, Gyungchoon; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Kim, Young Keun

    2017-01-01

    Recently, the switching of a perpendicularly magnetized ferromagnet (FM) by injecting an in-plane current into an attached non-magnet (NM) has become of emerging technological interest. This magnetization switching is attributed to the spin-orbit torque (SOT) originating from the strong spin-orbit coupling of the NM layer. However, the switching efficiency of the NM/FM structure itself may be insufficient for practical use, as for example, in spin transfer torque (STT)-based magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. Here we investigate spin torque in an NM/FM structure with an additional spin polarizer (SP) layer abutted to the NM layer. In addition to the SOT contribution, a spin-polarized current from the SP layer creates an extra spin chemical potential difference at the NM/FM interface and gives rise to a STT on the FM layer. We show that, using typical parameters including device width, thickness, spin diffusion length, and the spin Hall angle, the spin torque from the SP layer can be much larger than that from the spin Hall effect (SHE) of the NM. PMID:28374805

  6. Enhancing current-induced torques by abutting additional spin polarizer layer to nonmagnetic metal layer

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    Go, Gyungchoon; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Kim, Young Keun

    2017-04-01

    Recently, the switching of a perpendicularly magnetized ferromagnet (FM) by injecting an in-plane current into an attached non-magnet (NM) has become of emerging technological interest. This magnetization switching is attributed to the spin-orbit torque (SOT) originating from the strong spin-orbit coupling of the NM layer. However, the switching efficiency of the NM/FM structure itself may be insufficient for practical use, as for example, in spin transfer torque (STT)-based magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. Here we investigate spin torque in an NM/FM structure with an additional spin polarizer (SP) layer abutted to the NM layer. In addition to the SOT contribution, a spin-polarized current from the SP layer creates an extra spin chemical potential difference at the NM/FM interface and gives rise to a STT on the FM layer. We show that, using typical parameters including device width, thickness, spin diffusion length, and the spin Hall angle, the spin torque from the SP layer can be much larger than that from the spin Hall effect (SHE) of the NM.

  7. Extrinsic Rashba spin–orbit coupling effect on silicene spin polarized field effect transistors

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    Pournaghavi, Nezhat; Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi; Abrishamifar, Adib; Ahmadi, Somaieh

    2017-04-01

    Regarding the spin field effect transistor (spin FET) challenges such as mismatch effect in spin injection and insufficient spin life time, we propose a silicene based device which can be a promising candidate to overcome some of those problems. Using non-equilibrium Green’s function method, we investigate the spin-dependent conductance in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon connected to two magnetized leads which are supposed to be either in parallel or anti-parallel configurations. For both configurations, a controllable spin current can be obtained when the Rashba effect is present; thus, we can have a spin filter device. In addition, for anti-parallel configuration, in the absence of Rashba effect, there is an intrinsic energy gap in the system (OFF-state); while, in the presence of Rashba effect, electrons with flipped spin can pass through the channel and make the ON-state. The current voltage (I–V) characteristics which can be tuned by changing the gate voltage or Rashba strength, are studied. More importantly, reducing the mismatch conductivity as well as energy consumption make the silicene based spin FET more efficient relative to the spin FET based on two-dimensional electron gas proposed by Datta and Das. Also, we show that, at the same conditions, the current and {{I}\\text{on}}/{{I}\\text{off}} ratio of silicene based spin FET are significantly greater than that of the graphene based one.

  8. Spin foams without spins

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    Hnybida, Jeff

    2016-10-01

    We formulate the spin foam representation of discrete SU(2) gauge theory as a product of vertex amplitudes each of which is the spin network generating function of the boundary graph dual to the vertex. In doing so the sums over spins have been carried out. The boundary data of each n-valent node is explicitly reduced with respect to the local gauge invariance and has a manifest geometrical interpretation as a framed polyhedron of fixed total area. Ultimately, sums over spins are traded for contour integrals over simple poles and recoupling theory is avoided using generating functions.

  9. Promoting Charge Separation and Injection by Optimizing the Interfaces of GaN:ZnO Photoanode for Efficient Solar Water Oxidation.

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    Wang, Zhiliang; Zong, Xu; Gao, Yuying; Han, Jingfeng; Xu, Zhiqiang; Li, Zheng; Ding, Chunmei; Wang, Shengyang; Li, Can

    2017-09-13

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting provides an attractive way to store solar energy in molecular hydrogen as a kind of sustainable fuel. To achieve high solar conversion efficiency, the most stringent criteria are effective charge separation and injection in electrodes. Herein, efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation is realized by optimizing charge separation and surface charge transfer of GaN:ZnO photoanode. The charge separation can be greatly improved through modified moisture-assisted nitridation and HCl acid treatment, by which the interfaces in GaN:ZnO solid solution particles are optimized and recombination centers existing at the interfaces are depressed in GaN:ZnO photoanode. Moreover, a multimetal phosphide of NiCoFeP was employed as water oxidation cocatalyst to improve the charge injection at the photoanode/electrolyte interface. Consequently, it significantly decreases the overpotential and brings the photocurrent to a benchmark of 3.9 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V vs RHE and a solar conversion efficiency over 1% was obtained.

  10. Efficiency Enhancement in Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Fabricated Utilizing a MoO3 Hole Injection Layer Coated with Different Solvents.

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    Lee, Jun Gyu; Choo, Dong Chul; Bang, Yo Han; Li, Fushan; Kim, Tae Whan

    2016-02-01

    Polymer light-emitting devices (PLEDs) with a MoO3 hole injection layer (HIL) were fabricated to enhance their luminance efficiency. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy spectra showed that the valence band maximum level of the MoO3 layer was located between the work function of the the indium-tin-oxide anode and the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the poly[N,N'-bis(4-butylphenyl)-N,N'-bis(phenyl)benzidine] hole transport layer. The surface of the MoO3 layer formed by using an ethanol solvent was smoother than that of the MoO layer formed by using a deionized water solvent due to a decrease in the aggregation of the MoO3 resolved in ethanol. The MO3 HIL decreased the operating voltage of the PLED and increased the luminance and the luminance efficiency of the PLED due to a decrease in the hole injection barrier. The operating voltage, the luminance, and the luminance efficiency of the PLEDs with the MoO3 HIL formed by using an ethanol solvent were enhanced in comparison with those of the PLEDs with a MoO3 HIL formed by using a deionized water solvent due to a decrease in the surface roughness of the HIL.

  11. Improvement of carrier injection symmetry and quantum efficiency in InGaN light-emitting diodes with Mg delta-doped barriers

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    Zhang, F.; Can, N.; Hafiz, S.; Monavarian, M.; Das, S.; Avrutin, V.; Özgür, Ü. Morkoç, H.

    2015-05-04

    The effect of δ-doping of In{sub 0.06}Ga{sub 0.94}N barriers with Mg on the quantum efficiency of blue light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) with active regions composed of 6 (hex) 3-nm In{sub 0.15}Ga{sub 0.85}N is investigated. Compared to the reference sample, δ-doping of the first barrier on the n-side of the LED structure improves the peak external quantum efficiency (EQE) by 20%, owing to the increased hole concentration in the wells adjacent to the n-side, as confirmed by numerical simulations of carrier distributions across the active region. Doping the second barrier, in addition to the first one, did not further enhance the EQE, which likely indicates compensation of improved hole injection by degradation of the active region quality due to Mg doping. Both LEDs with Mg δ-doped barriers effectively suppress the drop of efficiency at high injection when compared to the reference sample, and the onset of EQE peak roll-off shifts from ∼80 A/cm{sup 2} in the reference LED to ∼120 A/cm{sup 2} in the LEDs with Mg δ-doped barriers.

  12. Interactions between spin transport and dynamics studied using spatially resolved imaging and magnetic resonance

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    Page, Michael Roy

    magnetoresistive output as a function of composition at room and low temperatures. Spin injection efficiency is another important aspect in the performance of spintronic devices, and optimization of spin injection will be of importance in creating realistic devices. Another promising avenue for spin injection relies on the spin Hall effect. I discuss efforts at using the spin Hall effect in platinum to inject spins into an aluminum channel to be detected in another platinum electrode by the inverse spin Hall effect without the need for a ferromagnet, thus reducing complications resulting from the stray field of typical ferromagnetic injectors. I discuss exploration of spin pumping devices based on metallic and insulating ferromagnet/graphene bilayers using ferromagnetic resonance and electrical detection of the inverse spin Hall effect. Spin pumping represents another opportunity to study interactions of spin transport and magnetization dynamics, in this case leveraged for efficient spin injection. Finally, I perform magnetic resonance measurements of thin film iron germanium skyrmionic candidate materials. Skrymions are a candidate for high density and low power magnetic recording. Measuring the dynamics of these materials will be important for a full characterization of their properties. I demonstrate detection of multiple magnetic phases in this material, and show evidence of large internal fields, which may be of interest in stabilizing skrymions in thin films.

  13. Highly efficient spin-conversion effect leading to energy up-converted electroluminescence in singlet fission photovoltaics

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    Pandey, Ajay K.

    2015-01-01

    Free charge generation in donor-acceptor (D-A) based organic photovoltaic diodes (OPV) progresses through formation of charge-transfer (CT) and charge-separated (CS) states and excitation decay to the triplet level is considered as a terminal loss. On the other hand a direct excitation decay to the triplet state is beneficial for multiexciton harvesting in singlet fission photovoltaics (SF-PV) and the formation of CT-state is considered as a limiting factor for multiple triplet harvesting. These two extremes when present in a D-A system are expected to provide important insights into the mechanism of free charge generation and spin-character of bimolecular recombination in OPVs. Herein, we present the complete cycle of events linked to spin conversion in the model OPV system of rubrene/C60. By tracking the spectral evolution of photocurrent generation at short-circuit and close to open-circuit conditions we are able to capture spectral changes to photocurrent that reveal the triplet character of CT-state. Furthermore, we unveil an energy up-conversion effect that sets in as a consequence of triplet population build-up where triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) process effectively regenerates the singlet excitation. This detailed balance is shown to enable a rare event of photon emission just above the open-circuit voltage (VOC) in OPVs. PMID:25585937

  14. Highly efficient spin-conversion effect leading to energy up-converted electroluminescence in singlet fission photovoltaics.

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    Pandey, Ajay K

    2015-01-14

    Free charge generation in donor-acceptor (D-A) based organic photovoltaic diodes (OPV) progresses through formation of charge-transfer (CT) and charge-separated (CS) states and excitation decay to the triplet level is considered as a terminal loss. On the other hand a direct excitation decay to the triplet state is beneficial for multiexciton harvesting in singlet fission photovoltaics (SF-PV) and the formation of CT-state is considered as a limiting factor for multiple triplet harvesting. These two extremes when present in a D-A system are expected to provide important insights into the mechanism of free charge generation and spin-character of bimolecular recombination in OPVs. Herein, we present the complete cycle of events linked to spin conversion in the model OPV system of rubrene/C60. By tracking the spectral evolution of photocurrent generation at short-circuit and close to open-circuit conditions we are able to capture spectral changes to photocurrent that reveal the triplet character of CT-state. Furthermore, we unveil an energy up-conversion effect that sets in as a consequence of triplet population build-up where triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) process effectively regenerates the singlet excitation. This detailed balance is shown to enable a rare event of photon emission just above the open-circuit voltage (V(OC)) in OPVs.

  15. High-Efficiency All-Solution-Processed Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Anisotropic Colloidal Heterostructures with Polar Polymer Injecting Layers.

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    Castelli, Andrea; Meinardi, Francesco; Pasini, Mariacecilia; Galeotti, Francesco; Pinchetti, Valerio; Lorenzon, Monica; Manna, Liberato; Moreels, Iwan; Giovanella, Umberto; Brovelli, Sergio

    2015-08-12

    Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are emerging as true candidates for light-emitting diodes with ultrasaturated colors. Here, we combine CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod heterostructures and polar/polyelectrolytic conjugated polymers to demonstrate the first example of fully solution-based quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) incorporating all-organic injection/transport layers with high brightness, very limited roll-off and external quantum efficiency as high as 6.1%, which is 20 times higher than the record QD-LEDs with all-solution-processed organic interlayers and exceeds by over 200% QD-LEDs embedding vacuum-deposited organic molecules.

  16. Method for estimating spin-spin interactions from magnetization curves

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    Tamura, Ryo; Hukushima, Koji

    2017-02-01

    We develop a method to estimate the spin-spin interactions in the Hamiltonian from the observed magnetization curve by machine learning based on Bayesian inference. In our method, plausible spin-spin interactions are determined by maximizing the posterior distribution, which is the conditional probability of the spin-spin interactions in the Hamiltonian for a given magnetization curve with observation noise. The conditional probability is obtained with the Markov chain Monte Carlo simulations combined with an exchange Monte Carlo method. The efficiency of our method is tested using synthetic magnetization curve data, and the results show that spin-spin interactions are estimated with a high accuracy. In particular, the relevant terms of the spin-spin interactions are successfully selected from the redundant interaction candidates by the l1 regularization in the prior distribution.

  17. Spin-orbit coupling and spin relaxation in phosphorene

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    Kurpas, Marcin; Gmitra, Martin; Fabian, Jaroslav

    We employ first principles density functional theory calculations to study intrinsic and extrinsic spin-orbit coupling in monolayer phosphorene. We also extract the spin-mixing amplitudes of the Bloch wave functions to give realistic estimates of the Elliott-Yafet spin relaxation rate. The most remarkable result is the striking anisotropy in both spin-orbit coupling and spin relaxation rates, which could be tested experimentally in spin injection experiments. We also identify spin hot spots in the electronic structure of phosphorene at accidental bands anticrossings. We compare the Elliott-Yafet with Dyakonov-Perel spin relaxation times, obtained from extrinsic couplings in an applied electric field. We also compare the results in phosphorene with those of black phosphorous. This work is supported by the DFG SPP 1538, SFB 689, and by the EU Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 604391 Graphene Flagship.

  18. Intraspinal AAV Injections Immediately Rostral to a Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury Site Efficiently Transduces Neurons in Spinal Cord and Brain

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    Klaw, Michelle C; Xu, Chen; Tom, Veronica J

    2013-01-01

    In the vast majority of studies utilizing adeno-associated virus (AAV) in central nervous system applications, including those published with spinal cord injury (SCI) models, AAV has been administered at the level of the cell body of neurons targeted for genetic modification, resulting in transduction of neurons in the vicinity of the injection site. However, as SCI interrupts many axon tracts, it may be more beneficial to transduce a diverse pool of supraspinal neurons. We determined if descending axons severed by SCI are capable of retrogradely transporting AAV to remotely transduce a variety of brain regions. Different AAV serotypes encoding the reporter green fluorescent protein (GFP) were injected into gray and white matter immediately rostral to a spinal transection site. This resulted in the transduction of thousands of neurons within the spinal cord and in multiple regions within the brainstem that project to spinal cord. In addition, we established that different serotypes had disparate regional specificity and that AAV5 transduced the most brain and spinal cord neurons. This is the first demonstration that retrograde transport of AAV by axons severed by SCI is an effective means to transduce a collection of supraspinal neurons. Thus, we identify a novel, minimally invasive means to transduce a variety of neuronal populations within both the spinal cord and the brain following SCI. This paradigm to broadly distribute viral vectors has the potential to be an important component of a combinatorial strategy to promote functional axonal regeneration. PMID:23881451

  19. Inverse spin Hall effect from pulsed spin current in organic semiconductors with tunable spin-orbit coupling.

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    Sun, Dali; van Schooten, Kipp J; Kavand, Marzieh; Malissa, Hans; Zhang, Chuang; Groesbeck, Matthew; Boehme, Christoph; Valy Vardeny, Z

    2016-08-01

    Exploration of spin currents in organic semiconductors (OSECs) induced by resonant microwave absorption in ferromagnetic substrates is appealing for potential spintronics applications. Owing to the inherently weak spin-orbit coupling (SOC) of OSECs, their inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) response is very subtle; limited by the microwave power applicable under continuous-wave (cw) excitation. Here we introduce a novel approach for generating significant ISHE signals in OSECs using pulsed ferromagnetic resonance, where the ISHE is two to three orders of magnitude larger compared to cw excitation. This strong ISHE enables us to investigate a variety of OSECs ranging from π-conjugated polymers with strong SOC that contain intrachain platinum atoms, to weak SOC polymers, to C60 films, where the SOC is predominantly caused by the curvature of the molecule's surface. The pulsed-ISHE technique offers a robust route for efficient injection and detection schemes of spin currents at room temperature, and paves the way for spin orbitronics in plastic materials.

  20. Vitrectomy Before Intravitreal Injection of AAV2/2 Vector Promotes Efficient Transduction of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Dogs and Nonhuman Primates.

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    Tshilenge, Kizito-Tshitoko; Ameline, Baptiste; Weber, Michel; Mendes-Madeira, Alexandra; Nedellec, Steven; Biget, Marine; Provost, Nathalie; Libeau, Lyse; Blouin, Véronique; Deschamps, Jack-Yves; Le Meur, Guylène; Colle, Marie-Anne; Moullier, Philippe; Pichard, Virginie; Rolling, Fabienne

    2016-06-01

    Recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) has emerged as a promising vector for retinal gene delivery to restore visual function in certain forms of inherited retinal dystrophies. Several studies in rodent models have shown that intravitreal injection of the AAV2/2 vector is the optimal route for efficient retinal ganglion cell (RGC) transduction. However, translation of these findings to larger species, including humans, is complicated by anatomical differences in the eye, a key difference being the comparatively smaller volume of the vitreous chamber in rodents. Here, we address the role of the vitreous body as a potential barrier to AAV2/2 diffusion and transduction in the RGCs of dogs and macaques, two of the most relevant preclinical models. We intravitreally administered the AAV2/2 vector carrying the CMV-eGFP reporter cassette in dog and macaque eyes, either directly into the vitreous chamber or after complete vitrectomy, a surgical procedure that removes the vitreous body. Our findings suggest that the vitreous body appears to trap the injected vector, thus impairing the diffusion and transduction of AAV2/2 to inner retinal neurons. We show that vitrectomy before intravitreal vector injection is an effective means of overcoming this physical barrier, improving the transduction of RGCs in dog and macaque retinas. These findings support the use of vitrectomy in clinical trials of intravitreal gene transfer techniques targeting inner retinal neurons.

  1. Noopept efficiency in experimental Alzheimer disease (cognitive deficiency caused by beta-amyloid25-35 injection into Meynert basal nuclei of rats).

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    Ostrovskaya, R U; Belnik, A P; Storozheva, Z I

    2008-07-01

    Experiments on adult Wistar rats showed that injection of beta-amyloid25-35 (2 microg) into Meynert basal nuclei caused long-term memory deficiency which was detected 24 days after this injection by the memory trace retrieval in conditioned passive avoidance reflex (CPAR). The effects of noopept, an original nootropic and neuroprotective dipeptide, on the severity of this cognitive deficiency were studied. Preventive (for 7 days before the injury) intraperitoneal injections of noopept in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg completely prevented mnestic disorders under conditions of this model. Noopept exhibited a significant normalizing effect, if the treatment was started 15 days after the injury, when neurodegenerative changes in the basal nuclei, cortex, and hippocampus were still acutely pronounced. The mechanisms of this effect of the drug are studied, including, in addition to the choline-positive effect, its multicomponent neuroprotective effect and stimulation of production of antibodies to beta-amyloid25-35. Noopept efficiency in many models of Alzheimer disease, its high bioavailability and low toxicity suggest this dipeptide for further studies as a potential agent for the treatment of this condition (initial and moderate phases).

  2. Improvement of charge injection efficiency in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells by chemical modification of metal oxides with organic molecules

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    Kudo, Naomi; Honda, Satoshi; Shimazaki, Yuta; Ohkita, Hideo; Ito, Shinzaburo; Benten, Hiroaki

    2007-04-30

    The effect of chemical modification of metal oxide surface with dye molecules in organic-inorganic hybrid solid solar cells was studied by using double layered cells consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and a flat layer of dense TiO{sub 2}. The external quantum efficiency of the chemically modified cell was nearly double that expected from the photosensitizing effect of the dye molecules. The additional increase shows that the chemical modification with dye molecules can serve not only as a photosensitizer but mainly as an energy funnel and/or an electronic mediator to significantly improve the electron injection efficiency from P3HT to TiO{sub 2}.

  3. Efficient charge injection in p-type polymer field-effect transistors with low-cost molybdenum electrodes through V2O5 interlayer.

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    Baeg, Kang-Jun; Bae, Gwang-Tae; Noh, Yong-Young

    2013-06-26

    Here we report high-performance polymer OFETs with a low-cost Mo source/drain electrode by efficient charge injection through the formation of a thermally deposited V2O5 thin film interlayer. A thermally deposited V2O5 interlayer is formed between a regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (rr-P3HT) or a p-type polymer semiconductor containing dodecyl-substituted thienylenevinylene (TV) and dodecylthiophene (PC12TV12T) and the Mo source/drain electrode. The P3HT or PC12TV12T OFETs with the bare Mo electrode exhibited lower charge carrier mobility than those with Au owing to a large barrier height for hole injection (0.5-1.0 eV). By forming the V2O5 layer, the P3HT or PC12TV12T OFETs with V2O5 on the Mo electrode exhibited charge carrier mobility comparable to that of a pristine Au electrode. Best P3HT or PC12TV12T OFETs with 5 nm thick V2O5 on Mo electrode show the charge carrier mobility of 0.12 and 0.38 cm(2)/(V s), respectively. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy results exhibited the work-function of the Mo electrode progressively changed from 4.3 to 4.9 eV with an increase in V2O5 thickness from 0 to 5 nm, respectively. Interestingly, the V2O5-deposited Mo exhibits comparable Rc to Au, which mainly results from the decreased barrier height for hole carrier injection from the low-cost metal electrode to the frontier molecular orbital of the p-type polymer semiconductor after the incorporation of the transition metal oxide hole injection layer, such as V2O5. This enables the development of large-area, low-cost electronics with the Mo electrodes and V2O5 interlayer.

  4. Energy efficient and fast reversal of a fixed skyrmion two-terminal memory with spin current assisted by voltage controlled magnetic anisotropy

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    Bhattacharya, Dhritiman; Mamun Al-Rashid, Md; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2017-10-01

    Recent work (P-H Jang et al 2015 Appl. Phys. Lett. 107 202401, J. Sampaio et al 2016 Appl. Phys. Lett. 108 112403) suggests that ferromagnetic reversal with spin transfer torque (STT) requires more current in a system in the presence of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) than switching a typical ferromagnet of the same dimensions and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). However, DMI promotes the stabilization of skyrmions and we report that when perpendicular anisotropy is modulated (reduced) for both the skyrmion and ferromagnet, it takes a much smaller current to reverse the fixed skyrmion than to reverse the ferromagnet in the same amount of time, or the skyrmion reverses much faster than the ferromagnet at similar levels of current. We show with rigorous micromagnetic simulations that skyrmion switching proceeds along a different path at very low PMA, which results in a significant reduction in the spin current or time required for reversal. This can offer potential for memory applications where a relatively simple modification of the standard STT-RAM (to include a heavy metal adjacent to the soft magnetic layer and with appropriate design of the tunnel barrier) can lead to an energy efficient and fast magnetic memory device based on the reversal of fixed skyrmions.

  5. Inhomogeneous free layer in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions and its impact on the effective anisotropies and spin transfer torque switching efficiency

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    Timopheev, A. A.; Teixeira, B. M. S.; Sousa, R. C.; Aufret, S.; Nguyen, T. N.; Buda-Prejbeanu, L. D.; Chshiev, M.; Sobolev, N. A.; Dieny, B.

    2017-07-01

    Magnetoresistive and magnetoresonance measurements carried out on patterned perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction pillars and full-sheet films reveal magnetic inhomogeneities of FeCoB free layer grown on MgO and coated with Ta. At low FeCoB thicknesses, the layer behaves as an ensemble of weakly coupled grains resulting in a decrease of the free-layer thermal stability. In contrast, for thicker layers, the grains become more strongly coupled but strong magnetic inhomogeneities remain, yielding the emergence and further increase of a second-order magnetic anisotropy term (˜K2 effco s4θ ), eventually resulting in an easy-cone anisotropy. We show that the static and dynamic magnetic properties of such a free layer can be successfully described by a granular model with three thickness-dependent parameters: mean perpendicular anisotropy of the grains, grain-to-grain anisotropy distribution, and intergrain exchangelike coupling strength. Easy-cone anisotropy may help reduce the stochasticity of the spin transfer torque switching. However, it arises at intermediate values of the intergrain exchange coupling where the spin transfer torque (STT) switching efficiency is degraded, as shown by multimacrospin modeling. This is due to the excitation of exchange modes contributing weakly to the STT switching process while dissipating part of the STT energy.

  6. Theory versus practice, bacteriological efficiency versus personal habits: A bacteriological and user acceptability evaluation of filtering tools for people who inject drugs.

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    Jauffret-Roustide, Marie; Chollet, Aude; Santos, Aurélie; Benoit, Thérèse; Péchiné, Séverine; Duplessy, Catherine; Bara, Jean-Louis; Lévi, Yves; Karolak, Sara; Néfau, Thomas

    2017-05-30

    People who inject drugs (PWID) are exposed to associated viral, bacterial and fungal risks. These risks can be reduced by filtration. Large disparities in the quality of filtration exist between the various available filters. This paper compares both performance and user acceptability of three filters for drug injection (cotton filters, Sterifilt(®) and wheel filters) by combining epidemiological and bacteriological analyses. A cross-sectional epidemiological study (ANRS-Coquelicot) using time-location sampling combined with the generalised weight sampling method was conducted among 985 PWID in France. Two filtration-based bacteriological studies of 0.20- and 0.45-μm wheel filters, Sterifilt filters and cotton filters were also conducted. The bacteriological study highlighted the value of using wheel filters with a porosity of less than 0.5 μm, as they limit the risk of bacterial and fungal infection. The results of this study clearly highlight a distinction between the efficiency of Sterifilt and wheel filters, the latter being more effective. Our epidemiological study highlighted that the use of cotton filters is widespread and routine, but is the subject of much criticism among PWID. Sterifilt is not widely used, and its adoption is slow. Finally, the wheel filter remains a largely untested tool. Low product retention and ease of use are the two most important factors for filters for PWID. Bacterial and fungal risk filtration is less important. It is essential to educate PWID about the benefits of wheel filters. [Jauffret-Roustide M, Chollet A, Santos A, Benoit T, Péchiné S, Duplessy C, Bara J-L, Lévi Y, Karolak S, Néfau T. Theory versus practice, bacteriological efficiency versus personal habits: A bacteriological and user acceptability evaluation of filtering tools for people who inject drugs. Drug Alcohol Rev 2017;00:000-000]. © 2017 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

  7. Proposal for a graphene-based all-spin logic gate

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    Su, Li; Zhao, Weisheng; Zhang, Yue; Querlioz, Damien; Klein, Jacques-Olivier; Dollfus, Philippe; Bournel, Arnaud; Zhang, Youguang

    2015-02-16

    In this work, we present a graphene-based all-spin logic gate (G-ASLG) that integrates the functionalities of perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with spin transport in graphene-channel. It provides an ideal integration of logic and memory. The input and output states are defined as the relative magnetization between free layer and fixed layer of p-MTJs. They can be probed by the tunnel magnetoresistance and controlled by spin transfer torque effect. Using lateral non-local spin valve, the spin information is transmitted by the spin-current interaction through graphene channels. By using a physics-based spin current compact model, the operation of G-ASLG is demonstrated and its performance is analyzed. It allows us to evaluate the influence of parameters, such as spin injection efficiency, spin diffusion length, contact area, the device length, and their interdependence, and to optimize the energy and dynamic performance. Compared to other beyond-CMOS solutions, longer spin information transport length (∼μm), higher data throughput, faster computing speed (∼ns), and lower power consumption (∼μA) can be expected from the G-ASLG.

  8. Optical Generation of Ballistic and Diffusive Spin Currents in Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites

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    Li, Junwen; Haney, Paul

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have attracted enormous attention in recent years due to their remarkable photovoltaic power conversion efficiency. These materials should exhibit interesting spin-dependent properties as well, owing to the strong spin-orbit coupling and the broken inversion symmetry present at room temperature. In this work, we consider the spin-dependent optical response of CH3NH3PbI3 on two distinct time scales. We first use density functional theory to compute the ballistic spin current injected by absorption of linearly polarized light. This spin current persists on a time scale of the momentum relaxation time. We then consider diffusive transport of photogenerated charge and spin for a thin perovskite layer with a passivated surface and an Ohmic, non-selective back contact. The spin densities and spin currents are evaluated by solving the drift-diffusion equations for a 3-dimensional Rashba model. We comment on the applications of optically excited spin densities and spin currents in these materials.

  9. Proposal for a graphene-based all-spin logic gate

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    Su, Li; Zhao, Weisheng; Zhang, Yue; Querlioz, Damien; Zhang, Youguang; Klein, Jacques-Olivier; Dollfus, Philippe; Bournel, Arnaud

    2015-02-01

    In this work, we present a graphene-based all-spin logic gate (G-ASLG) that integrates the functionalities of perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with spin transport in graphene-channel. It provides an ideal integration of logic and memory. The input and output states are defined as the relative magnetization between free layer and fixed layer of p-MTJs. They can be probed by the tunnel magnetoresistance and controlled by spin transfer torque effect. Using lateral non-local spin valve, the spin information is transmitted by the spin-current interaction through graphene channels. By using a physics-based spin current compact model, the operation of G-ASLG is demonstrated and its performance is analyzed. It allows us to evaluate the influence of parameters, such as spin injection efficiency, spin diffusion length, contact area, the device length, and their interdependence, and to optimize the energy and dynamic performance. Compared to other beyond-CMOS solutions, longer spin information transport length (˜μm), higher data throughput, faster computing speed (˜ns), and lower power consumption (˜μA) can be expected from the G-ASLG.

  10. Current-induced modulation of backward spin-waves in metallic microstructures

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    Sato, Nana; Lee, Seo-Won; Lee, Kyung-Jin; Sekiguchi, Koji

    2017-03-01

    We performed a propagating spin-wave spectroscopy for backward spin-waves in ferromagnetic metallic microstructures in the presence of electric-current. Even with the smaller current injection of 5× {{10}10} A m‑2 into ferromagnetic microwires, the backward spin-waves exhibit a gigantic 200 MHz frequency shift and a 15% amplitude change, showing 60 times larger modulation compared to previous reports. Systematic experiments by measuring dependences on a film thickness of mirowire, on the wave-vector of spin-wave, and on the magnitude of bias field, we revealed that for the backward spin-waves a distribution of internal magnetic field generated by electric-current efficiently modulates the frequency and amplitude of spin-waves. The gigantic frequency and amplitude changes were reproduced by a micromagnetics simulation, predicting that the current-injection of 5× {{10}11} A m‑2 allows 3 GHz frequency shift. The effective coupling between electric-current and backward spin-waves has a potential to build up a logic control method which encodes signals into the phase and amplitude of spin-waves. The metallic magnonics cooperating with electronics could suggest highly integrated magnonic circuits both in Boolean and non-Boolean principles.

  11. Spin current generation from sputtered Y₃Fe₅O₁₂ films

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    Lustikova, J. Shiomi, Y.; Kikkawa, T.; Iguchi, R.; Qiu, Z.; Uchida, K.; Saitoh, E.

    2014-10-21

    Spin current injection from sputtered yttrium iron garnet (YIG) films into an adjacent platinum layer has been investigated by means of the spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effects. Films with a thickness of 83 and 96 nanometers were fabricated by on-axis magnetron rf sputtering at room temperature and subsequent post-annealing. From the frequency dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth, the damping constant has been estimated to be (7.0 ± 1.0) × 10⁻⁴. Magnitudes of the spin current generated by the spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effect are of the same order as values for YIG films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy. The efficient spin current injection can be ascribed to a good YIG|Pt interface, which is confirmed by the large spin-mixing conductance (2.0 ± 0.2) × 10¹⁸m⁻².

  12. Combined zero-quantum and spin-diffusion mixing for efficient homonuclear correlation spectroscopy under fast MAS: broadband recoupling and detection of long-range correlations.

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    Lu, Xingyu; Guo, Changmiao; Hou, Guangjin; Polenova, Tatyana

    2015-01-01

    Fast magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy is emerging as an essential analytical and structural biology technique. Large resolution and sensitivity enhancements observed under fast MAS conditions enable structural and dynamics analysis of challenging systems, such as large macromolecular assemblies and isotopically dilute samples, using only a fraction of material required for conventional experiments. Homonuclear dipolar-based correlation spectroscopy constitutes a centerpiece in the MAS NMR methodological toolbox, and is used essentially in every biological and organic system for deriving resonance assignments and distance restraints information necessary for structural analysis. Under fast MAS conditions (rotation frequencies above 35-40 kHz), dipolar-based techniques that yield multi-bond correlations and non-trivial distance information are ineffective and suffer from low polarization transfer efficiency. To overcome this limitation, we have developed a family of experiments, CORD-RFDR. These experiments exploit the advantages of both zero-quantum RFDR and spin-diffusion based CORD methods, and exhibit highly efficient and broadband dipolar recoupling across the entire spectrum, for both short-range and long-range correlations. We have verified the performance of the CORD-RFDR sequences experimentally on a U-(13)C,(15)N-MLF tripeptide and by numerical simulations. We demonstrate applications of 2D CORD-RFDR correlation spectroscopy in dynein light chain LC8 and HIV-1 CA tubular assemblies. In the CORD-RFDR spectra of LC8 acquired at the MAS frequency of 40 kHz, many new intra- and inter-residue correlations are detected, which were not observed with conventional dipolar recoupling sequences. At a moderate MAS frequency of 14 kHz, the CORD-RFDR experiment exhibits excellent performance as well, as demonstrated in the HIV-1 CA tubular assemblies. Taken together, the results indicate that CORD-RFDR experiment is beneficial in a broad range of conditions

  13. Fast switching and signature of efficient domain wall motion driven by spin-orbit torques in a perpendicular anisotropy magnetic insulator/Pt bilayer

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    Avci, Can Onur; Rosenberg, Ethan; Baumgartner, Manuel; Beran, Lukáš; Quindeau, Andy; Gambardella, Pietro; Ross, Caroline A.; Beach, Geoffrey S. D.

    2017-08-01

    We report fast and efficient current-induced switching of a perpendicular anisotropy magnetic insulator thulium iron garnet by using spin-orbit torques (SOT) from the Pt overlayer. We first show that, with quasi-DC (10 ms) current pulses, SOT-induced switching can be achieved with an external field as low as 2 Oe, making TmIG an outstanding candidate to realize efficient switching in heterostructures that produce moderate stray fields without requiring an external field. We then demonstrate deterministic switching with fast current pulses (≤20 ns) with an amplitude of ˜1012 A/m2, similar to all-metallic structures. We reveal that, in the presence of an initially nucleated domain, the critical switching current is reduced by up to a factor of five with respect to the fully saturated initial state, implying efficient current-driven domain wall motion in this system. Based on measurements with 2 ns-long pulses, we estimate the domain wall velocity of the order of ˜400 m/s per j = 1012 A/m2.

  14. The Comparative Efficiency of Intraperitoneal and Intravitreous Injection of Hydrogen Rich Saline against N-Methyl-N-Nitrosourea Induced Retinal Degeneration: A Topographic Study.

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    Tao, Ye; Chen, Tao; Fang, Wei; Yan, Zhongjun; Yang, Qinghua; Huang, Yifei; Yu, Linjun; Fan, Lingling

    2017-01-01

    Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) comprises a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal diseases leading to blindness. The present study explored the protective effects of hydrogen rich saline (HRS) against the photoreceptor degeneration in the N-Methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) administrated rat, a pharmacologically induced RP model. The therapeutic effects of intraperitoneal (IP) and intravitreous (IV) injections of HRS on regional retina was quantified via topographic measurements. The MNU administrated rats received IV or IP injections of HRS, and then they were subjected to electroretinography, multi electrode array, histological and immunohistochemistry examinations. The concentrations of the retinal malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), as well as the mRNA levels of apoptotic-associated genes were quantified. The IP and IV delivery pathways of HRS were both effective to ameliorate MNU induced photoreceptor degeneration. Moreover, the IV acted as a more efficient delivery method than the IP in terms of therapeutic effects. Particularly, the topographic measurements suggested that the IV delivery of HRS could alleviate MNU induced photoreceptor degeneration in the posterior retina. The immunostaining experiments also verified the comparative efficiency between IV and IP delivery of HRS on regional cone photoreceptors. Focal cone photoreceptors showed different susceptibilities to HRS and exhibited as a distinct spatial disequilibrium: cone photoreceptors in the ST quadrant were preferentially rescued; meanwhile, HRS induced protection was feeblest in the IN quadrant. Furthermore, the HRS treatment increased the level of retinal SOD, while reduce the level of retinal MDA in MNU administered rats. The expression levels of sever apoptotic -associated genes were significantly altered by HRS treatment. Collectively, these findings suggest that the IV space is an excellent target for HRS delivery. The IV delivery of HRS can efficiently alleviate the photoreceptors

  15. Effect of injected spins with different polarized orientations on the vortex phase transition in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4} heterostructure

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    Zhang, M. J.; Teng, M. L.; Hao, F. X.; Yin, Y. W.; Zeng, Z.; Li, X. G.

    2015-05-07

    The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics with spin injection were investigated for the epitaxial La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4} heterostructure rotated from H//c to H//ab in magnetic fields up to 14 T. It is found that all the I-V curves in various magnetic fields can be scaled with a three dimensional (3D) vortex glass model, and the spin injection can induce a better 3D scaling behavior, which is closely related to the decrease of the anisotropy parameter. A vortex phase diagram for the evolution of vortex glass transition field (H{sub g}) and upper critical field (H{sub c2}) indicates that both H{sub g} and H{sub c2} are suppressed by spin injection, and this effect becomes more obvious in the case of H//ab, which probably originates from the different suppression on the superconducting pairing strength by different injected spins' orientations.

  16. Efficient generation of sFat-1 transgenic rabbits rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids by intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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    Zhang, Shun; Lu, Fenghua; Liu, Qingyou; Liu, Yubing; Guan, Xiaomei; Wei, Yingming; Tan, Shijian; Shi, Deshun

    2016-03-01

    N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) have their first double bond at the third carbon from the methyl end of the fatty-acid chain and had been proven to be beneficial to human health. However, mammals cannot produce n-3 PUFAs by themselves because they lack the n-3 fatty-acid desaturase (Fat-1) gene. Thus, the possibility of producing sFat-1 transgenic rabbits was explored in this study. The transgenic cassette of pPGK1-sFat-1-CMV-EGFP was constructed and transgenic rabbit embryos were produced by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). When 123 EGFP-positive embryos at the 2-8-cell stage were transplanted into the oviduct of four oestrous-synchronised recipients, two of them became pregnant and gave birth to seven pups. However, transfer of embryos into the uterus of oestrous-synchronised recipients and oviduct or uterus of oocyte donor rabbits did not result in pregnancy. The integration of the sFat-1 gene was confirmed in six of the seven live pups by PCR and Southern blot. The expression of the sFat-1 gene in the six transgenic pups was also detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis revealed that transgenic rabbits exhibited an ~15-fold decrease in the ratio of n-6:n-3 PUFAs in muscle compared with wild-type rabbits and non-transgenic rabbits. These results demonstrate that sFat-1 transgenic rabbits can be produced by ICSI and display a low ratio of n-6:n-3 PUFAs.

  17. Proximity-Induced Spin Polarization of Graphene in Contact with Half-Metallic Manganite.

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    Sakai, Seiji; Majumdar, Sayani; Popov, Zakhar I; Avramov, Pavel V; Entani, Shiro; Hasegawa, Yuri; Yamada, Yoichi; Huhtinen, Hannu; Naramoto, Hiroshi; Sorokin, Pavel B; Yamauchi, Yasushi

    2016-08-23

    The role of proximity contact with magnetic oxides is of particular interest from the expectations of the induced spin polarization and weak interactions at the graphene/magnetic oxide interfaces, which would allow us to achieve efficient spin-polarized injection in graphene-based spintronic devices. A combined approach of topmost-surface-sensitive spectroscopy utilizing spin-polarized metastable He atoms and ab initio calculations provides us direct evidence for the magnetic proximity effect in the junctions of single-layer graphene and half-metallic manganite La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO). It is successfully demonstrated that in the graphene/LSMO junctions a sizable spin polarization is induced at the Fermi level of graphene in parallel to the spin polarization direction of LSMO without giving rise to a significant modification in the π band structure.

  18. Etanercept Injection

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    ... injection comes as a solution (liquid) in a prefilled syringe and an automatic injection device, and as a ... etanercept injection.If your medication comes in a prefilled syringe or automatic injection device, use each syringe or ...

  19. Improved hole-injection and power efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes using an ultrathin cerium fluoride buffer layer

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    Lu, Hsin-Wei; Kao, Po-Ching; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was enhanced by depositing a CeF3 film as an ultra-thin buffer layer between the ITO and NPB hole transport layer, with the structure configuration ITO/CeF3 (1 nm)/NPB (40 nm)/Alq3 (60 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (150 nm). The enhancement mechanism was systematically investigated via several approaches. The work function increased from 4.8 eV (standard ITO electrode) to 5.2 eV (1-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF3 film deposited on the ITO electrode). The turn-on voltage decreased from 4.2 V to 4.0 V at 1 mA/cm2, the luminance increased from 7588 cd/m2 to 10820 cd/m2, and the current efficiency increased from 3.2 cd/A to 3.5 cd/A when the 1-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF3 film was inserted into the OLEDs.

  20. SU-E-I-65: Estimation of Tagging Efficiency in Pseudo-Continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pCASL) MRI

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    Jen, M; Yan, F; Tseng, Y; Chen, C; Lin, C; Liu, H

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: pCASL was recommended as a potent approach for absolute cerebral blood flow (CBF) quantification in clinical practice. However, uncertainties of tagging efficiency in pCASL remain an issue. This study aimed to estimate tagging efficiency by using short quantitative pulsed ASL scan (FAIR-QUIPSSII) and compare resultant CBF values with those calibrated by using 2D Phase Contrast (PC) MRI. Methods: Fourteen normal volunteers participated in this study. All images, including whole brain (WB) pCASL, WB FAIR-QUIPSSII and single-slice 2D PC, were collected on a 3T clinical MRI scanner with a 8-channel head coil. DeltaM map was calculated by averaging the subtraction of tag/control pairs in pCASL and FAIR-QUIPSSII images and used for CBF calculation. Tagging efficiency was then calculated by the ratio of mean gray matter CBF obtained from pCASL and FAIR-QUIPSSII. For comparison, tagging efficiency was also estimated with 2D PC, a previously established method, by contrast WB CBF in pCASL and 2D PC. Feasibility of estimation from a short FAIR-QUIPSSII scan was evaluated by number of averages required for obtaining a stable deltaM value. Setting deltaM calculated by maximum number of averaging (50 pairs) as reference, stable results were defined within ±10% variation. Results: Tagging efficiencies obtained by 2D PC MRI (0.732±0.092) were significantly lower than which obtained by FAIRQUIPPSSII (0.846±0.097) (P<0.05). Feasibility results revealed that four pairs of images in FAIR-QUIPPSSII scan were sufficient to obtain a robust calibration of less than 10% differences from using 50 pairs. Conclusion: This study found that reliable estimation of tagging efficiency could be obtained by a few pairs of FAIR-QUIPSSII images, which suggested that calibration scan in a short duration (within 30s) was feasible. Considering recent reports concerning variability of PC MRI-based calibration, this study proposed an effective alternative for CBF quantification with pCASL.