Photo-induced Hall effect in metals

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Original languageEnglish
Article number4372
Journal / PublicationScientific Reports
Online published12 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018



The Hall effect in metals is too small to have practical applications. Instead, the same effect in semiconductors is the standard for magnetic field sensing. Yet, in semiconducting Hall-sensors, Joule heating severely compromises the linearity range. We here show that a Hall effect can be photo-induced in metals used for bias-free magnetic sensing. The system consists of a transparent metal that forms a Schottky contact to a semiconductor. Light reaching the interface results in the injection of charge from the space charge region. If a magnetic field is applied, a transverse, open-circuit voltage appears at the metal edges that is proportional to the field, as well as light intensity. The system shows sensitivities that are comparable to semiconducting Hall-sensors but no net current flows, therefore its performances are not affected by Joule heating.

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