How to realize a spin-dependent Seebeck diode effect in metallic zigzag γ-graphyne nanoribbons?
The spin-dependent Seebeck effect (SDSE) is one of the core topics of spin caloritronics. In the traditional device designs of spin-dependent Seebeck rectifiers and diodes, finite spin-dependent band gaps of materials are required to realize the on–off characteristic in thermal spin currents, and nearly zero charge current should be achieved to reduce energy dissipation. Here, we propose that two ferromagnetic zigzag γ-graphyne nanoribbons (ZγGNRs) without any spin-dependent band gaps around the Fermi level can not only exhibit the SDSE, but also display rectifier and diode effects in thermal spin currents characterized by threshold temperatures, which originates from the compensation effect occurring in spin-dependent transmissions but not from the spin-splitting band gaps in materials. The metallic characteristics of ZγGNRs bring about an advantage that the gate voltage is an effective route to adjust the symmetry of spin-splitting bands to obtain pure thermal spin currents. The results provide a new mechanism to realize spin-Seebeck rectifier and diode effects in 2D materials and expand material candidates towards spin-Seebeck device applications.