Spintronic Spin Accumulation and Thermodynamics

  • A. H. MacDonald
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 547)


The spin degree of freedom can play an essential role in determining the electrical transport properties of spin-polarized electron systems in metals or semiconductors. In this article, I address the dependence of spin-subsystem chemical potentials on accumulated spin-densities. I discuss both approaches which can be used to measure this fundamental thermodynamic quantity and the microscopic physics which determines its value in several different systems.


Gate Voltage Landau Level Gate Voltage Versus Spin Subsystem Spin Accumulation 
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  • A. H. MacDonald
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndiana UniversityBloomington

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