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Molecular-Spintronics: The Art of Driving Spin Through Molecules

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Spintronics is the ability of injecting, manipulating and detecting electron spins into solid state systems. Molecular-electronics investigates the possibility of making electronic devices using organic molecules. Traditionally these two burgeoning areas have lived separate lives, but recently a growing number of experiments have indicated a possible pathway towards their integration. This is the playground for molecular-spintronics, where spin-polarized currents are carried through molecules, and in turn they can affect the state of the molecule. We review the most recent advances in molecular-spintronics. In particular we discuss how a fully quantitative theory for spin-transport in nanostructures can offer fundamental insights into the main factors affecting spin-transport at the molecular level, and can help in designing novel concept devices.
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Keywords: DENSITY FUNCTIONAL THEORY; MAGNETISM; MOLECULAR-ELECTRONICS; SPIN-ELECTRONICS; TRANSPORT THEORY

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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  • Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience is an international peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience into a single reference source. This journal offers scientists and engineers peer-reviewed research papers in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience and nanotechnology in chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering and biology to publish original full papers and timely state-of-the-art reviews and short communications encompassing the fundamental and applied research.
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