The role of thermal scattering in spin-dependent transport of hot electrons at 0.9 eV is studied using a spin-valve transistor with a soft Ni80Fe20/Au/Co base. Spin-dependent scattering makes the collected electron current depend sensitively on the magnetic state of the base. The magnetocurrent reaches 560% at 100 K, decays with increasing temperature, and a huge effect of 350% still remains at room temperature. The results demonstrate that thermal spin waves produce quasielastic spin-flip scattering of hot electrons, resulting in mixing of the two spin channels.
- SMI-NE: From 2006 in EWI-NE