Spin caloritronics is the science and technology to control spin, charge, and heat currents in magnetic nanostructures. The spin degree of freedom provides new strategies for thermoelectric power generation that have not yet been fully explored. After an elementary introduction into conventional thermoelectrics and spintronics, we give a brief review of the physics of spin caloritronics. We discuss spin-dependent thermoelectrics based on the two-current model in metallic magnets as well as the spin Seebeck and Peltier effects that are based on spin wave excitations in ferromagnets. We derive expressions for the efficiency and figure of merit ZT of several spin caloritronic devices.
- spin Seebeck
- spin caloritronics
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering