Spin heat accumulation and its relaxation in spin valves

T. T. Heikkilä, Moosa Hatami, Gerrit E.W. Bauer

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We study the concept of spin heat accumulation in excited spin valves, more precisely the effective electron temperature that may become spin dependent, both in linear response and far from equilibrium. A temperature or voltage gradient create nonequilibrium energy distributions of the two spin ensembles in the normal-metal spacer, which approach Fermi-Dirac functions through energy relaxation mediated by electron-electron and electron-phonon coupling. Both mechanisms also exchange energy between the spin subsystems. This interspin energy exchange may strongly affect thermoelectric properties of spin valves, leading, e.g., to violations of the Wiedemann-Franz law.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100408
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 12


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