Observation of inverse Edelstein effect in Rashba-split 2DEG between SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 at room temperature

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Science Advances  17 Mar 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 3, e1602312
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602312

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The Rashba physics has been intensively studied in the field of spin orbitronics for the purpose of searching novel physical properties and the ferromagnetic (FM) magnetization switching for technological applications. We report our observation of the inverse Edelstein effect up to room temperature in the Rashba-split two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) between two insulating oxides, SrTiO3 and LaAlO3, with the LaAlO3 layer thickness from 3 to 40 unit cells (UC). We further demonstrate that the spin voltage could be markedly manipulated by electric field effect for the 2DEG between SrTiO3 and 3-UC LaAlO3. These results demonstrate that the Rashba-split 2DEG at the complex oxide interface can be used for efficient charge-and-spin conversion at room temperature for the generation and detection of spin current.

  • Inverse Edelstein Effect
  • Spin-and-charge conversion
  • Rahsba 2DEG
  • Complex oxide interfaces
  • spin manipulation
  • Spintronics
  • SrTiO3/LaAlO3 heterostructure

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