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      Enhancement of spin relaxation time in hydrogenated graphene spin valve devices

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          Hydrogen adsorbates in graphene are interesting as they are not only strong Coulomb scatterers but they also induce a change in orbital hybridization of the carbon network from sp^2 into sp^3. This change increases the spin-orbit coupling and is expected to largely modify spin relaxation. In this work we report the change in spin transport properties of graphene due to plasma hydrogenation. We observe an up to three-fold increase of spin relaxation time tau_S after moderate hydrogen exposure. This increase of tau_S is accompanied by the decrease of charge and spin diffusion coefficients, resulting in a minor change in spin relaxation length lambda_S. At high carrier density we obtain lambda_S of 7 microns, which allows for spin detection over a distance of 11 microns. After hydrogenation a value of tau_S as high as 2.7 ns is measured at room temperature.

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          2012-09-11
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          10.1103/PhysRevB.87.081402
          1209.2365

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          Phys. Rev. B 87, 081402(R) (2013)
          cond-mat.mes-hall

          Nanophysics

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