Thermal spin-transfer torque in magnetoelectronic devices

Moosa Hatami, Gerrit E.W. Bauer, Qinfang Zhang, Paul J. Kelly

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We predict that the magnetization direction of a ferromagnet can be reversed by the spin-transfer torque accompanying spin-polarized thermoelectric heat currents. We illustrate the concept by applying a finite-element theory of thermoelectric transport in disordered magnetoelectronic circuits and devices to metallic spin valves. When thermalization is not complete, a spin heat accumulation vector is found in the normal-metal spacer, i.e., a directional imbalance in the temperature of majority and minority spins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number066603
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 7
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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