Electric-Field-Dependent Spin Polarization in GdN Spin Filter Tunnel Junctions

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Tunnel junctions incorporating GdN ferromagnetic semiconductor barriers show a spin polarization exceeding 90% and a high conductance. These devices show an unusual low-bias conductance peak arising from a strong bias-dependence of the spin polarization. This originates from a strong magneto-electric coupling within a double Schottky barrier formed with the NbN electrodes.

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