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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 11680
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Spin current and magnetoresistance of graphene-based magnetic junction
1.  Alireza Saffarzadeh
2.  M. Ghorbani Asi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Eur. Phys. J. B
  No.:  2
  Vol.:  67
  Year:  2009
  Pages:   6
  Publisher(s):   EDP Sciences
  Supported by:  IPM
Using the tight-binding approximation and the nonequilibrium Green�s function approach, we investigate the coherent spin-dependent transport in planar magnetic junctions consisting of two ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes separated by a graphene flake (GF) with zigzag or armchair interfaces. It is found that the electron conduction strongly depends on the geometry of contact between the GF and the FM electrodes. In the case of zigzag interfaces, the junction demonstrates a spin-valve effect with high magnetoresistance (MR) ratios and shows negative differential resistance features for a single spin channel at positive gate voltage. In the case of armchair interfaces, the current-voltage characteristics behave linearly at low bias voltages and hence, both spin channels are in on state with low MR ratios.

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