Is CrO2 Fully Spin Polarized? Analysis of Andreev Spectra and Excess Current

Tomas Löfwander, Roland Grein, Matthias Eschrig

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Abstract

We report an extensive theoretical analysis of point-contact Andreev reflection data available in the literature on ferromagnetic CrO2. We find that the spectra can be well understood within a model of fully spin-polarized bands in CrO2 together with spin-active scattering at the contact. This is in contrast to analysis of the data within extended Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk models, which lead to a spin polarization varying between 50% and 100% depending on the transparency of the interface. We propose to utilize both the temperature dependence of the spectra and the excess current at voltages above the gap to resolve the spin polarization in CrO2 in a new generation of experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207001
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume105
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2010

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