The spin selectivity effect in chiral materials

D. H. Waldeck, R. Naaman*, Y. Paltiel

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We overview experiments performed on the chiral induced spin selectivity (CISS) effect using various materials and experimental configurations. Through this survey of different material systems that manifest the CISS effect, we identify several attributes that are common to all the systems. Among these are the ability to observe spin selectivity for two point contact configurations, when one of the electrodes is magnetic, and the correlation between the optical activity of the chiral systems and a material's spin filtering properties. In addition, recent experiments show that spin selectivity does not require pure coherent charge transport and the electron spin polarization persists over hundreds of nanometers in an ordered medium. Finally, we point to several issues that still have to be explored regarding the CISS mechanism. Among them is the role of phonons and electron-electron interactions.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number040902
JournalAPL Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2021

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