Spin-dependent transport in molecular tunnel junctions

J. R. Petta, S. K. Slater, D. C. Ralph

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The fabrication and the measurements of the transport properties of magnetic tunnel junctions containing octanethiol tunnel barriers was discussed. It was found that the spin polarized tunneling could be observed in transport through these molecular devices. The devices exhibited changes in resistance as the angle between the magnetic moments in the two electrodes was varied showing that low energy electrons could traverse the molecular barrier while remaining spin polarized. The results show that the spin polarized transport signals could be degraded by localized states in the molecular barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number136601
Pages (from-to)136601-1-136601-4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 24 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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