Drift and diffusion of spins generated by the spin Hall effect

N. P. Stern*, D. W. Steuerman, S. MacK, A. C. Gossard, D. D. Awschalom

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Electrically generated spin accumulation due to the spin Hall effect is imaged in n-GaAs channels using Kerr rotation microscopy, focusing on its spatial distribution and time-averaged behavior in a magnetic field. Spatially resolved imaging reveals that spin accumulation observed in transverse arms develops due to the longitudinal drift of spin polarization produced at the sample boundaries. One- and two-dimensional drift-diffusion modeling is used to explain these features, providing a more complete understanding of observations of spin accumulation and the spin Hall effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number062109
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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