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Spin Rectification and Electrically Controlled Spin Transport in Molecular-Ferroelectrics-Based Spin Valves


We report a spin-rectification effect in a spin-valve structure consisting of ferroelectric croconic acid (C5H2O5) sandwiched between ferromagnetic electrodes La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and Co, which can be switched between a high-resistance (off) and a low-resistance (on) state by a poling voltage. In the off state, the magnetoresistance (MR) sign reverses with the measurement voltage with a 0.1-V offset, suggesting a spin-rectification behavior, while in the on state the MR remains negative. These observations can be understood in terms of electrically controlled interfacial energy-band alignment either from the electrostatic effect or from the interfacial redox process. The observed spin-rectification effect suggests the possibility of diodelike devices for spin-polarized current.

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