Photon generation in ferromagnetic point contacts

A. M. Kadigrobov, R. I. Shekhter, M. Jonson

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Abstract

We show theoretically that a significant spin accumulation can occur in electric point contacts between two ferromagnetic electrodes with different magnetizations. Under appropriate conditions an inverse population of spin-split electronic levels results in stimulated emission of photons in the presence of a resonant electromagnetic field. The intensity of the emitted radiation can be several orders of magnitude higher than in typical semiconductor laser materials for two reasons. (1) The density of conduction electrons in a metal point contact is much larger than in semiconductors. (2) The strength of the coupling between the electron spins and the electromagnetic field that is responsible for the radiative spin-flip transitions is set by the magnetic exchange energy and can therefore be very large, as suggested by Kadigrobov [Europhys. Lett. 67, 948 (2004)]. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4770510]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1138
Number of pages6
JournalLow Temperature Physics
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • EXCITATION
  • SEMICONDUCTOR
  • SPIN-WAVES

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