We use point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy to measure the transport spin polarization of MnAs epitaxial films grown on (001) GaAs. By analyzing both the temperature dependence of the contact resistance and the phonon spectra of lead, acquired simultaneously with the spin polarization measurements, we demonstrate that all the contacts are in the ballistic limit. A ballistic transport spin polarization of approximately 49% and 44% is obtained for the type A and type B orientations of MnAs, respectively. These measurements are consistent with our density functional calculations, and with recent observations of a large tunnel magnetoresistance in MnAs/AlAs/(Ga,Mn)As tunnel junctions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Nov 24 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics