Condensed Matter Physics, 2012, vol. 15, No. 1, 13701: 1-7
DOI:10.5488/CMP.15.13701           arXiv:1204.5826

Title: Ballistic spin filtering across the ferromagnetic-semiconductor interface
  Y.H. Li (State Key Laboratory for Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 912, Beijing 100083, China)

The ballistic spin-filter effect from a ferromagnetic metal into a semiconductor has theoretically been studied with an intention of detecting the spin polarizability of density of states in FM layer at a higher energy level. The physical model for the ballistic spin filtering across the interface between ferromagnetic metals and semiconductor superlattice is developed by exciting the spin polarized electrons into n-type AlAs/GaAs superlattice layer at a much higher energy level and then ballistically tunneling through the barrier into the ferromagnetic film. Since both the helicity-modulated and static photocurrent responses are experimentally measurable quantities, the physical quantity of interest, the relative asymmetry of spin-polarized tunneling conductance, could be extracted experimentally in a more straightforward way, as compared with previous models. The present physical model serves guidance for studying spin detection with advanced performance in the future.

Key words: spintronics, spin filtering, ballistic transport, tunneling conductance, semiconductor superlattice
PACS: 72.25.Dc, 73.40.-c

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