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We study theoretically extraction of spin-polarized electrons at nonmagnetic semiconductor/ferromagnet junctions. The outflow of majority-spin electrons from the semiconductor into the ferromagnet leaves a cloud of minority-spin electrons in the semiconductor region near the junction, forming a local spin-dipole configuration at the semiconductor/ferromagnet interface. This minority-spin cloud can limit the majority-spin current through the junction, creating a pronounced spin blockade at a critical current. We calculate the critical spin-blockade current in both planar and cylindrical geometries and discuss possible experimental tests of our predictions.


Pershin, Y. V., & Di Ventra, M. (2007). Spin blockade at semiconductor/ferromagnet junctions. Physical Review B, 75(19), 193301-1 - 193301-4. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.75.193301

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