Spintronics-based mesoscopic heat engine
Journal article, 2012

We consider a nanowire suspended between two spin-polarized leads and subjected to a nonuniform magnetic field. We show that a temperature drop between the leads can significantly affect the nanowire dynamics. In particular, it is demonstrated that, under certain conditions, the stationary distribution of the mechanical subsystem has a Boltzmann form with an effective temperature, which is lower than the temperature of the "cold" lead; this seems rather counterintuitive. We also find that a change in the direction of the temperature gradient can result in the generation of mechanical vibrations rather than the heating of the mechanical subsystem.


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Juan Atalaya

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

Leonid Gorelik

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

1098-0121 (ISSN)

Vol. 85 24 Article Number: 245309 -

Quantum Nanoelectromechanical Systems (QNEMS)

European Commission (FP7), 2009-09-01 -- 2012-08-31.

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