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Angular conductance resonances of quantum dots strongly coupled to noncollinearly oriented ferromagnetic leads
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
2005 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 72, no 4, 045415- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The transport properties of quantum dots coupled to noncollinear magnetic leads is investigated. It is found that the conductance, and current, of the system in the strongly coupled regime is a nonmonotonic function of the angle between the magnetization directions in the two leads. Because of many-body interactions between electrons in the localized states of the quantum dot, induced by the presence of the conduction electrons in the leads, the positions of the quantum dot states are shifted in a spin-dependent way. Thus, the physics of the quantum dot is dynamically dependent on the angle between the magnetization directions of the two leads, which in combination with spin-flip transitions explains the nonmonotonic behavior of the magnetoresistance. The linear response conductance shows a rich complexity ranging from negative to positive magnetoresistance, depending on the positions of the localized states. The nonmonotonic transport characteristics persists for finite bias voltages.

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2005. Vol. 72, no 4, 045415- p.
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Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38183DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.045415ISI: 000230890300154ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33749233556OAI: diva2:436176
QC 20110822Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2011-08-22Bibliographically approved

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