Spin Seebeck power generators

Adam B. Cahaya, O. A. Tretiakov, Gerrit E.W. Bauer

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We derive expressions for the efficiency and figure of merit of two spin caloritronic devices based on the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), i.e., the generation of spin currents by a temperature gradient. The inverse spin Hall effect is conventionally used to detect the SSE and offers advantages for large area applications. We also propose a device that converts spin current into electric one by means of a spin-valve detector, which scales favorably to small sizes and approaches a figure of merit of 0.5 at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042402
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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