Observation of Fowler-Nordheim hole tunneling across an electron tunnel junction due to total symmetry filtering
Using a SrTiO3(001) barrier and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3(001) electrodes, we study the case of coherent spin-polarized tunneling of electrons that exhibit a symmetry mismatch with respect to the lower electron barrier height. Due to this mismatch, electrons with energy above this barrier height continue to tunnel thanks to total symmetry filtering. This allows us to observe symmetry-matched hole tunneling across this electron tunnel junction, and in particular spin-polarized oscillations in the Fowler-Nordheim hole regime above the hole barrier height, thereby enriching the present theoretical picture of coherent spin-polarized tunneling at finite bias.
Physical Review B
- Pub Date:
- April 2006
- Spin transport through interfaces;
- spintronics: devices exploiting spin polarized transport or integrated magnetic fields