Spin transport and magneto-resistance in organic semiconductors

Mohammad Yunus, P P Ruden, Darryl L. Smith

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Calculated results for spin injection, transport, and magneto-resistance (MR) in organic semiconductors sandwiched between two ferromagnetic contacts are presented. The carrier transport is modeled by spin dependent device equations in drift-diffusion approximation. In agreement with earlier results, spin injection from ferromagnetic contacts into organic semiconductors can be greatly enhanced if (spin-selective) tunneling is the limiting process for carrier injection. Modeling the tunnel processes with linear contact resistances yields spin currents and MR that tend to increase with increasing bias. We also explore the possibility of bias dependent contact resistances and show that this effect may limit MR to low bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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