1 February 2001 Electron spin interferometry
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Proceedings Volume 4348, Fourth International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417687
Event: Fourth International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering, 2000, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Abstract
In a simple experiment, we monitor interference effects for low energy electrons in thin magnetic Co-films as well as in a spin quantum resonator structure consisting of a Cu-film of variable thickness sandwiched between vacuum and a magnetic Co-film. In the case of the Co-film the incident electrons are unpolarized and we observe oscillations with a period of one monolayer as a function of Co-thickness when we measure the intensity of the reflected electron beam. We attribute these oscillations to the changing morphology of the Co film as a function of thickness. In the case of the sandwich structure, spin polarized electrons are injected into the resonator from the vacuum side. The Co-film provides a spin dependent reflector. Varying the resonator thickness results in periodic switching of the spin state of the specularly reflected electrons. We apply spin interferometry to study oscillatory interlayer exchange coupling and find a divergence of the coupling period predicted by theory.
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Christian H. Back, Stefan Egger, Joerg Krewer, Danilo Pescia, "Electron spin interferometry", Proc. SPIE 4348, Fourth International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering, (1 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417687; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417687
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