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.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Mar 12|