Nonlocal Thermoelectric Effects and Nonlocal Onsager relations in a Three-Terminal Proximity-Coupled Superconductor-Ferromagnet Device

Peter Machon, Matthias Eschrig, Wolfgang Belzig

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We study thermal and charge transport in a three-terminal setup consisting of a superconducting and two ferromagnetic contacts. We predict that the simultaneous presence of spin-filtering and of spin-dependent scattering phase shifts at each of the two interfaces will lead to very large nonlocal thermoelectric effects both in clean and in disordered systems. The symmetries of thermal and electric transport coefficients are related to fundamental thermodynamic principles by the Onsager reciprocity. Our results show that a nonlocal version of the Onsager relations for thermoelectric currents holds in a three terminal quantum coherent ferromagnet-superconductor heterostructure including spin-dependent crossed Andreev reflection and coherent electron transfer processes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number047002
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2013

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