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Design and construction of ultrahigh vacuum system to fabricateSpintronic devices, fabrication and characterization of OMAR (organic magnetoresistance) devices
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis concerns design and construction of an ultra high vacuum chamber to fabricate and characterize spintronic devices.  The long term intention is to fabricate spin valve structures with V[TCNE]2 (hybrid organic inorganic semiconductor room temperature magnet) sandwiched between two ferromagnetic electrodes, which requires better than 10-8mbar of vacuum. Due to an uncured leak in the chamber, the current vacuum is limited to 4*10-7mbar. The V[TCNE]2 thin film prepared in this vacuum, oxidized completely  by  the presence of oxygen during the film growth. Organic magnetoresistance (OMAR) devices which are simple organic diode structures were fabricated and characterized, as they are compatible with high vacuum conditions. A magnetoresistance measurement set up was arranged and the possible problems in fabrication and characterization are analyzed.


To fabricate OMAR devices-ITO/P3HT/Al, RR-P3HT (regio regular poly (3-hexylthiophene)) an effective hole transport polymer with higher hole mobilities was used as an active layer and Al (aluminum) as a cathode. A thermal evaporation setup was added to the vacuum chamber to evaporate Al electrodes. The devices were kept in argon and vacuum environments, while characterizing in dark to suppress the exitons generated by photo illumination. The Organic magnetoconductance of about 1% is observed for the less concentration P3HT (3mg/1ml), and significantly improved to -23% for the high concentration P3HT (10mg/ml) solution. The results support that the negative magnetoconductance is due to the formation of bipolaron under the influence of an external magnetic field.


Finally, suggestions to improve the performance of the vacuum chamber to fabricate and characterize the spintronic devices and OMAR devices are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
Organic spintronics, Organic based magnets, Magentoresistance, Organic magnetoresistance (OMAR)
National Category
Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19583ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX--09/2189—SEOAI: diva2:225694
2009-06-12, J402, IFM, Linköping University, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-06-29 Created: 2009-06-29 Last updated: 2009-06-29Bibliographically approved

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