The nonequilibrium spin accumulation in ferromagnetic double barrier junctions is shown to govern the transport in small structures. Transport properties of such systems are described by a generalization of the theory of the Coulomb blockade. The spin accumulation enhances the magnetoresistance. The transient nonlinear transport properties are predicted to provide a unique experimental evidence of the spin accumulation in the form of a reversed current on time scales of the order of the spin-flip relaxation time.
|Number of pages
|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
|Published - 1999