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Observation of the Spin Nernst Effect

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Prof. Daniel Reinaldo Cornejo 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The observation of the spin Hall effect123 triggered intense research on pure spin current transport4. With the spin Hall effect1256, the spin Seebeck effect789 and the spin Peltier effect1011 already observed, our picture of pure spin current transport is almost complete. The only missing piece is the spin Nernst (–Ettingshausen) effect, which so far has been discussed only on theoretical grounds12131415. Here, we report the observation of the spin Nernst effect. By applying a longitudinal temperature gradient, we generate a pure transverse spin current in a Pt thin film. For readout, we exploit the magnetization-orientation-dependent spin transfer to an adjacent yttrium iron garnet layer, converting the spin Nernst current in Pt into a controlled change of the longitudinal and transverse thermopower voltage. Our experiments show that the spin Nernst and the spin Hall effect in Pt are of comparable magnitude, but differ in sign, as corroborated by first-principles calculations.

 

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