Charge and spin transport in memristive organic LSMO/Alq3/AlOx/Co spin valves

Calbucci, Marco (2016) Charge and spin transport in memristive organic LSMO/Alq3/AlOx/Co spin valves, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Fisica, 28 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/7244.
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In this thesis I studied La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/Alq3/AlOx/Co organic spin valves, which are multifunctional devices showing an interesting interplay between magnetoresistive effects and memristive switching. In particular this work aims at elucidating the elusive mechanisms for spin injection and transport in this archetypal structure. While spin injection in organic materials was demonstrated by different spectroscopic techniques, the origin of magnetoresistive effect in organic spin valves is still debated. In fact, the Hanle effect, considered to be the only reliable proof for spin transport across the organic spacer layer, has not been observed in such a device, yet. I investigated the thickness and temperature dependence of charge transport and magnetoresistive properties, and demonstrated the absence of the Hanle effect. Moreover I studied how the resistance and magnetoresistance of our devices were affected by memristive switching, which turned out to be a fundamental tool to enlighten the comprehensive picture. Two clearly distinguishable conduction regimes have been found for non magnetoresistive and magnetoresistive devices. The former is compatible with models for charge transport in organic materials, the latter can be described by an equivalent circuit where metallic paths and hopping channels act in parallel. In the framework of this model, a coherent description for the interplay between MR and memristive switching can be given. SV signals can be explained as tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) or ballistic magnetoresistance (BMR) occurring across shortened regions of the organic bulk, which is an explanation compatible with the absence of Hanle effect. This work demonstrates that SV signals can be explained without resorting to spin injection and transport into the organic layer.

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Tesi di dottorato
Calbucci, Marco
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze matematiche, fisiche ed astronomiche
Settore disciplinare
Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
Spintronics, Spin valves, Organic electronics, Memristors, Hanle effect
Data di discussione
22 Febbraio 2016

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