Long spin diffusion lengths in doped conjugated polymers due to enhanced exchange coupling

Shu Jen Wang, Deepak Venkateshvaran, M. R. Mahani, Uday Chopra, Erik R. McNellis, Riccardo Di Pietro, Sam Schott, Angela Wittmann, Guillaume Schweicher, Murat Cubukcu, Keehoon Kang, Remington Carey, Thomas J. Wagner, Janis N.M. Siebrecht, Daniel P.G.H. Wong, Ian E. Jacobs, Razan O. Aboljadayel, Adrian Ionescu, Sergei A. Egorov, Sebastian MuellerOlga Zadvorna, Piotr Skalski, Cameron Jellett, Mark Little, Adam Marks, Iain McCulloch, Joerg Wunderlich, Jairo Sinova, Henning Sirringhaus

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Carbon-based semiconductors such as conjugated organic polymers are of potential use in the development of spintronic devices and spin-based information processing. In particular, these materials offer a low spin–orbit coupling strength due to their relatively light constituent chemical elements, which should, in principle, favour long spin diffusion lengths. However, organic polymers are relatively disordered materials and typically have a carrier mobility that is orders of magnitude lower than crystalline inorganic materials. As a result, small spin diffusion lengths of around 50 nm have typically been measured using vertical organic spin valves. Here, we report measuring spin diffusion lengths in doped conjugated polymers using a lateral spin transport device architecture, which is based on spin pumping injection and inverse spin Hall detection. The approach suggests that long spin diffusion lengths of more than 1 μm and fast spin transit times of around 10 ns are possible in conjugated polymer systems when they have a sufficiently high spin density (around 1020 cm−3). We explain these results in terms of an exchange-based spin diffusion regime in which the exchange interactions decouple spin and charge transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-107
Number of pages10
JournalNature Electronics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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