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Spin-selectable, region-tunable negative differential resistance in graphene double ferromagnetic barriers

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Abstract

We propose a graphene device that can generate spin-dependent negative differential resistance (NDR). The device is composed of a sufficiently wide and short graphene sheet and two gated EuO strips deposited on top of it. This scheme avoids the graphene edge tailoring required by previous proposals. More importantly, we find a clear indication of a spin selectivity and a region tunability in the spin-dependent NDR: by changing the top gates of the device, NDR for spin up only, spin down only, or both spins (occurring sequentially) can be respectively realized; meanwhile, the central position of the NDR region in each case can be monotonously tuned over a wide range of bias voltage. These remarkable features are attributed to a gate controllability of the spin-dependent resonance levels in the device hence their deviations from the Fermi energy and the Dirac point in the source electrode respectively. They add a spin and a bias degree of freedom to the conventional NDR, which paves the way for designing a whole new class of NDR circuits.

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2017, accepted on 06 Dec 2017 and first published on 18 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06871A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article
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    Spin-selectable, region-tunable negative differential resistance in graphene double ferromagnetic barriers

    Y. Song, Y. Liu, X. Feng, F. Yan and W. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06871A

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