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Organic spintronics

Window of opportunity

A crystalline organic semiconductor that combines the long spin-relaxation times of organic semiconductors with the high charge-carrier mobilities typically found in inorganic semiconductors provides unprecedented prospects for organic spintronics.

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Figure 1: Illustration of the Elliott–Yafet spin-relaxation mechanism of delocalized charge-carrier states in the crystalline organic semiconductor C10–DNBDT–NW.


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Boehme, C. Window of opportunity. Nature Phys 13, 928–929 (2017).

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