Manipulation of the inverse spin Hall effect in palladium by absorption of hydrogen gas

Stuart Watt, Mikhail Kostylev

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Abstract

The spintronic properties of a palladium thin film have been investigated in the presence of hydrogen gas in cobalt/palladium bilayers. Measurements of the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) using cavity ferromagnetic resonance allow estimations of the spin Hall conductivity and spin diffusion length in both nitrogen and hydrogen gas atmospheres. Unwanted spin rectification effects are removed using a simple method of inverting the spin current direction with respect to the measurement setup. Absorption of hydrogen gas in the Pd layer at just 3% concentration results in a reduced ISHE voltage amplitude. Fitting the ISHE voltage against the Pd layer thickness demonstrates that the spin diffusion length decreases by 20% in the presence of hydrogen gas. On the other hand, the results indicate that there is no significant change in the spin Hall conductivity of Pd due to hydrogen absorption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174422
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume101
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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