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more Chapters on this topic:IntroductionTransport Eqs.Spin Proximity/ Spin InjectionSpin DetectionBoltzmann Eqs.Band currentScattering currentMeanfree pathCurrent near InterfaceOrdinary Hall effectAnomalous Hall effect, AMR effectSpinOrbit interactionSpin Hall effectNonlocal Spin DetectionLandau Lifshitz equationExchange interactionspd exchange interactionCoercive fieldPerpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)Voltage controlled magnetism (VCMA effect)Allmetal transistorSpinorbit torque (SO torque)What is a hole?spin polarizationCharge accumulationMgObased MTJMagnetoopticsSpin vs Orbital momentWhat is the Spin?model comparisonQuestions & AnswersEB nanotechnologyReticle 11
more Chapters on this topic:IntroductionTransport Eqs.Spin Proximity/ Spin InjectionSpin DetectionBoltzmann Eqs.Band currentScattering currentMeanfree pathCurrent near InterfaceOrdinary Hall effectAnomalous Hall effect, AMR effectSpinOrbit interactionSpin Hall effectNonlocal Spin DetectionLandau Lifshitz equationExchange interactionspd exchange interactionCoercive fieldPerpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)Voltage controlled magnetism (VCMA effect)Allmetal transistorSpinorbit torque (SO torque)What is a hole?spin polarizationCharge accumulationMgObased MTJMagnetoopticsSpin vs Orbital momentWhat is the Spin?model comparisonQuestions & AnswersEB nanotechnologyReticle 11
more Chapters on this topic:IntroductionTransport Eqs.Spin Proximity/ Spin InjectionSpin DetectionBoltzmann Eqs.Band currentScattering currentMeanfree pathCurrent near InterfaceOrdinary Hall effectAnomalous Hall effect, AMR effectSpinOrbit interactionSpin Hall effectNonlocal Spin DetectionLandau Lifshitz equationExchange interactionspd exchange interactionCoercive fieldPerpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)Voltage controlled magnetism (VCMA effect)Allmetal transistorSpinorbit torque (SO torque)What is a hole?spin polarizationCharge accumulationMgObased MTJMagnetoopticsSpin vs Orbital momentWhat is the Spin?model comparisonQuestions & AnswersEB nanotechnologyReticle 11
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Runningwave and standingwave electrons. The Boltzmann transport equations. Spin and Charge TransportAll conduction electrons can be divided into two groups: runningwave electrons and standingwave electrons. The standingwave electrons are conduction electrons, which bounce between defects or interfaces. Therefore, they do not transport the spin or the charge during their movement. The runningwave electrons freely move in along the crystal. They transport the the spin and the charge during their movement. Both the runningwave electrons and standingwave electrons transport the spin and the charge due to scatterings.The the Boltzmann Transport Equations are used to calculate the charge σ_{charge}, spindiffusion σ_{spin}, detection σ_{detection} and injection σ_{injection} conductivities. These 4 conductivities are used in Spin/Charge Transport equations in order to describe the spin and charge transport in different materials and geometries.Importance of the Boltzmann Transport Equations is that they can describe the spin/charge transport in a case when different transport mechanisms equally contribute. For example, in the case of the Spin Hall effect or the Anomalous Hall effect the band current, which flows along applied electrical field, induces the scattering current, which flows perpendicularly to the applied electrical field.Contentclick on the chapter for the shortcut1.(10). Questions & Answers.........
It is important:
1. in an electron gas there are two types of electrons runningwave electrons  standingwave electrons electrons of different types contribute differently to the transport 2. There are two types of electron current: band current  scattering current The standingwave electrons do not contribute to the band current. Both the standingwave electrons and the runningwave electrons contribute to the scattering current.Relative number standingwave electrons significantly influence the spin transportThere are more standingwave electrons in the vicinity of an interface or in a conductor with defects
Runningwave electrons & standingwave electrons
It is important to emphasize that not all conduction electrons contribute to the band current. All conduction electrons can be divided into two different types: runningwave and standingwave electrons. The standingwave electrons do not contribute to the band current. This fact is explained as follows. The effective length of the conduction electrons is rather long (See Fig. 3). In a semiconductor it can be as long as a hundred of nanometers. In the case when an average distance between defects in a conductor is comparable with the effective length of a conduction electron, the electron may bounce back and forwards between defects. It is similar to the case of a photon, which are bouncing between walls of a resonator. When bouncing between defects, one electron, which is moving forward, is firmly fixed to the electron, which is moving backward. These coupled electrons do not move along crystal. They are fixed at position of defects. Importunately, when an electrical field is applied, there is still one electron moving forward and one electron moving backward. The electrical field does not change the ratio of electrons moving in the opposite directions for this type of electrons. Therefore, these electrons do not contribute to the band current. These coupled electrons are defined as the standingwave electrons. The electrons, which can move freely along crystal and which are not fixed to one position, are defined as the runningwave electrons. Only they contribute to the band current.
The wave nature of electrons significantly influences the spin and charge transport in a solid. Since an electron is a wave, it is not necessary that an electron with nonzero speed moves and transports a spin and charge. A standing wave has a nonzero speed, but it does not move. For a calculation of the transport it is important to distinguish two classes of the electrons: the standingwave electrons and the runningwave electrons. A standingwave electron can be imagined as an electron bouncing back and forward between two defects. Also, a standing wave electron can be viewed as two electrons, which move in opposite directions. In order to build up a standingwave electron two defects are not necessarily required, but one defect is often sufficient. Also, a standingwave electron can form at an interface. The probability a standingwave electron can be formed at a defect or an interface can be characterized by a parameter called the reflectivity R. The reflectivity R is defined as the ratio of the probability for an electron to be a standingwave type to the probability to be a running wave type. The standingwave electrons or runningwave electrons, why it is important?
A. There are standingwave electrons in conductors with defects, in multilayers and in vicinity of the interface between two conductors( See here and here). The existence of the standingwave electrons influences significantly the spin and charge transport. For example, in the vicinity of an interface there are more standingwave electrons and less runningwave electrons comparing to the bulk of the conductor. As result, the ordinary conductivity σ_{charge} decreases near the interface. The detection σ_{detection} and injection σ_{injection} conductivities experiences even larger changes. The values of both conductivities are near zero in the bulk, but in the vicinity of interface their values may increase substantially and their values may become comparable to the value of the ordinary conductivity σ_{charge}. It is the reason why the spin detection, which is the effect of charge accumulation along spin diffusion, only has been observed at an interface, but not in the bulk of a conductor. It is also the reason why the spin transfer by an electrical current and the spin injection are more effective along or across an interface than in the bulk of a conductor.
In the bulk of a highcrystalquality metal with a low density of defects and dislocations, most of the electrons are runningwave electrons. In a metal with a larger amount of defects or in the vicinity of an interface, there is a substantial amount of the standingwave electrons. In the vicinity of a contact between two metals, there are both runningwave electrons and standingwave electrons, because the reflectivity of such a contact is usually small. In contrast, in the vicinity of higher resistance contacts like a tunnel barrier contact or a semiconductormetal contact almost all electrons are standingwave electrons. Do the standingwave electrons are described by the spinstatistics?Yes. Both the standingwave electron and the runningwave electrons are described by the spinstatistics, Why the standingwave are described by the spinstatistics, but the localized electron do not? They both do not move?It is because of a very large difference between scattering probabilities between a runningwave electron to a standingwave electron and a runningwave electron to a localized electron. The sizes of a runningwave electron are a standingwave electron are nearly the same. In contrast, the size of a localized electron is much smaller. The scattering probability between a runningwave electron to a standingwave electron is nearly the same as scattering probability between two runningwave electrons. The scattering probability between a runningwave electron to a localized electron is very small. It is important that the scattering probability between a standingwave electron to a localized electron is higher than between a runningwave electron to a localized electron. This is the reason why existence of the standingwave electron enhances the spd exchange interactions
Band Current & Scattering currentThere are several known mechanisms of the electron transport in a solid such as diffusive, ballistic, hopping transport and so on. Here we have divided all transport mechanisms into two groups. The transport related to the electron movement between scatterings is assigned to one group and the transport related to the electron movement due to the scatterings is assigned to another group. The first transport mechanism is defined as the band current. Only runningwave electrons can contribute to this current. The second transport mechanism is defined as the scattering current. All the localized and delocalized (conduction) electrons, runningwave and standingwave electrons contribute to this current.
There are two major mechanisms of electron transport in a solid:1. Band current. This transport occurs because of movement of electrons between scatterings. Only runningwave electrons contributes to this transport. 2. Scattering current. This transport occurs because of movement of electrons due to scatterings. Both the runningwave and standingwave electrons contributes to this current. There are two major mechanisms of electron transport in an electron gas. A runningwave electrons transport the spin and charge, because they move along crystal. If there is a smaller amount of electrons moving in one direction than the amount of electrons moving in the opposite direction, there is a flow of charge and/or spin in this direction. Such a type of current is defined as the band current. This transport describes the transport of the charge and the spin by electrons between scatterings. It is important to emphasis that only the runningwave electrons, but not standingwave electrons contribute to this current. The band current occurs because of the movement of electrons between scatterings. In electron gas the conduction electrons move between scatterings at a highspeed in all directions. In equilibrium, the numbers of electrons moving in any opposite directions are exactly the same. Therefore, there is no electron current. When a voltage is applied to the conductor, the numbers of electrons moving along and opposite to the electrical field become slightly different. Therefore, the band current flows along the electrical field and it transports the charge and the spin.In the electron gas the electrons are continuously scattered from one quantum states to another quantum state. When the probability for an electron to be scattered in one direction is higher than the probability to be scattered in the opposite direction, there is a flow of the spin and charge in this direction. This current is defined as the scattering current. Both the standingwave and runningwave electrons may contribute to this current. Usually the scattering current is significantly less efficient than the runningwaveelectron current for the charge and spin transport Why do we need to divide the current into different kinds?Reason 1: It is simpler to calculate each current separately. Reason 2: The path of each electron in the phase space can be separated when it is scattered and when it moves between scatterings. Therefore, the contribution of each transport mechanisms should be treated in the Boltzmann transport equation individually and separately. Reason 3: From a case to a case the contributions of the band and scattering currents are very different. Reason 4: Spin properties
Why do we need the Boltzmann Transport Equations ?????
From the Boltzmann Transport Equations, the charge conductivity , spin conductivity , detection conductivity and injection conductivity can be found
Derivation of the Boltzmann transport equationsWikipedia article about the Boltzmann transport equation is here.What we are looking for??? The Boltzmann transport equations are the equations to find the distribution function . Knowing the distribution function , it is straightforward to calculate spin and charge currents. The probability to find an electron at a point r with pulse p at time t is described by the distribution function (often it is called the density function, but instead I will use the morecommon quantummechanical name the distribution function). How to include spin in the transport equations??? three distribution functions are used, which describes the probabilities for a quantum state to be filled by one, two or none electrons correspondingly. Also, the halffilled states can be filled either by an electron from group of spinpolarized or spinunpolarized electrons. The condition that a quantum state can be only in one of these three states gives Instead of one classical Boltzmann transport equation, it should be used a system of three transport equations for halffilled “full” and “empty” states. Factors, which can change the distribution functions : 1) movement of electrons in the space (diffusion). The runningwave electrons are always moving. Additionally the electrons can move by scattering from a state to a state. 2) changing of electrons energy and momentum under an applied field. 3) The conversion of electrons from one assembly to another assembly. 4) The relaxation of a distribution function to an equilibrium distribution function.
The Boltzmann equation, which describes a temporal evolution of the distribution function, is given as as where "i" labels the distribution functions for halffilled “full” and “empty” states; is the term, which describes a change of the distribution function due to the movement of the runningwave electrons; is the scattering term, which describes the changing of the distribution function due to movement of the electrons by scatterings from a quantum state to a quantum state;is the force term, which describes the changing of the distribution function due an external field; describes electron conversion between assemblies; is the relaxation terms, which describes relaxation of the distribution function to an equilibrium distribution function due to the electron scatterings.
Equilibriumit is a case when there is no external field, there are no gradients of temperature or spin polarization. Therefore, there are no charge current and no spin current.In equilibrium the distributions of spinpolarized electrons , the distributions of spinunpolarized electrons, electrons in fullfilled states and "empty" states are determined by the spin statistics. and the spin polarization sp of the electron gas. The spin polarization sp of the electron gas can be calculated as . Since usually the conversion rate between TIA and TIS assemblies are not energy dependent, from Eq (6) the spin polarization of electron gas is given as Since a quantum state can be filled either by one, none or two conduction electrons, the equilibrium distribution functions are satisfied to the condition:
The RelaxationTime ApproximationIt allows to describe the relaxation term without specifying the mechanisms of the scatterings.In this approximation two facts are used: 1) When all external perturbations are switched off, the distribution functions relax to the equilibrium distribution functions. 2) The speed of the relaxation is linearly proportional to a deviation of the distribution function from equilibrium Except for some special cases it is safe to assume that an external perturbation (applied electrical and magnetic fields, a thermo gradient, a gradient of spin accumulation, a spd exchange effective field and a spinorbit effective magnetic field) is sufficiently small so that under the perturbation the distribution function is only slightly different from the distribution function in an equilibrium. In this case the distribution function can be represented as where is the distribution function in equilibrium and condition (8) is valid for any point of the phase space. In the case when the applied field is switched off, the distribution function F_i relaxes to the equilibrium distribution function F_i,0 Then where "i" corresponds to halffilled, fullfilled and "empty" states" and is the momentum relaxation time. Since electrons are constantly scattered between assemblies at a high rate, is the same for both assemblies and is the same for distributions of halffilled, fullfilled and "empty" states.
Spin conversionterms describes the conversion of electrons between assemblies The electrons of the TIA assembly are converted into the TIS assembly, because of the different mechanisms of spin relaxation. The rate of the conversion due to spin relaxation is proportional to the number of spin states in the TIA assembly: where is the spin life time. The electrons of the TIS assembly are converted into the TIA assembly due to the spin pumping. The conversion rate is linearly proportional to the number of the spin states in the TIS assembly: where is effective time of conversion, which is reverse proportional to
From Eqs.(12.1) and (12.2), the conversion rate between the TIS and TIA assemblies is obtained as
The electrical and spin currents. The number of electrons in assembliesKnowing the distribution functions for spin, full and empty states allows to calculate the number of states in the assemblies The number of quantum states in a volume of the phase space is equal to . Integrating over all states in a special volume, the number of electron is calculated as where index "i" indicates halffilled states of the TIS assembly, fullfilled states, "empty" states and halffilled states of the TIA assembly. For example, the number of halffilled states in the TIA assembly (spin accumulation) can be calculated as where F_spin is the distribution function for the halffilled states in the TIA assembly.
Since each state transforms charge "e", the current of the i states can be calculated as
In an equilibrium the number of the i states in an assembly can be calculated as where D(E) is the density of states. Since in the equilibrium there is no current where e is the charge of an electron When an external perturbation applied to the electron gas, the currents may flow in a metal and and the electron can be converted either in or out from the an assembly The currents can be calculated as note: only the term of runningwave electrons and the scattering term of the Boltzmann transport equation give contribution to the currents Eq.(11.8)
It is often important to calculate a current along some direction, for example, along a gradient of the chemical potential or a gradient of the spin polarization. In this case the cylindrical coordinate needs to be used. If theta is the angle between the electron movement direction and the direction of the current flow. Then, the number of electrons can be calculated as where D(E) is the density of the states. The current can be calculated as The conversion rate can be calculated as note: only the conversion term o of the Boltzmann transport equation gives contribution to current Eq.(11.8)Note the currents Eq.(11.8) is not zero only in the case when the distribution function depends on electron speed as The runningwaveelectron term and the scattering term of the Boltzmann transport equation are of this type. The conversion is not zero only in the case when the distribution function depends on electron speed as The conversion terms of the Boltzmann transport equation is of this type.
Continuity equationsThe spin/charge transport equations are derived from the Boltzmann transport equations using the continuity equations. The charge and spin are conserved values. They can not appear from nowhere and can not disappear to nowhere. The halffilled states can be converted between assemblies. The spin and/or charge can diffuse from a point to a point. This continuity equations describes these facts as where the spin conversion and the spin and charge currents can be calculated from Eqs. (11.4), (11.5), (11.8), (11.9). For details, see here. note 1: The continuity equations can be obtained by integrating the Boltzmann equations over all quantum states.note 2: The spin/charge transport equations is a form of the continuity equations.
Questions & Answers(about mixing conductance) Is there any chapter about spin mixing conductance？i dont understand the meaning of spin mixing conductance which appears in many literatures about the spin transport I think the term of the mixing conduction was introduced by Prof. Ralph in order to solve obvious problems of the spinup/spindown diffusion model. I don't think the mixing conduction has some physical meaning. It is just a mathematical trick to fix the obvious problem of the old approximate model of the spin transport. I do not recommend using it. There are two possible methods for describing the spin transport. The 1st old method is using the currents of the spin projections meaning spindown and spinup spin projections. The 2nd method is the use of currents of spinpolarized and spinunpolarized electrons. Since the are two groups of the conduction electrons in a ferromagnetic metal: spinpolarized and spinunpolarized electrons, there are only two possible currents in the metal: the current of the spinpolarized electrons and the current of spinunpolarized electrons. Of course, it is possible to use spin projections instead of the true spin direction for a description of the spin current. For the simplest cases, it could be easier. However, even for a case of moderate difficulty, the description based on the spin projections hits its limit and becomes incorrect. There is no such thing as a current of spin projection. There is no such thing as a current of the spinup or spindown electrons, there are currents of spinpolarized and spinunpolarized electrons. Each of these currents can be represented as a sum of the spinup and spindown currents. The problem of the spinup/spindown model is that it is based on nonexistent objects (spinup and spindown currents). When a calculation is based on something nonexistent, it is easy to violate a basic Law of Physics and get a wrong result. Next, in order to fix it one needs to introduce something. In contrast, when one works with truly existed objects like the currents of spinpolarized and spin unpolarized electrons, everything is simple and straightforward. There are only simple and understandable parameters like conductivities of the spinpolarized and spinunpolarized electrons, it is not necessary to introduce new strange parameters and the theory perfectly fits to experiment without usage of any mathematical tricks. Possible confusion!!: from 2014 to 2017 I have used names TIA and TIS for groups of spinpolarized and spinunpolarized electrons, respectively. The reasons are explained here.
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