WIAS Preprint No. 1300, (2008)

Analysis of a spin-polarized drift-diffusion model


  • Glitzky, Annegret
    ORCID: 0000-0003-1995-5491

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35K57 35R05 35B45 35B40 78A35


  • Reaction-diffusion systems, spin-polarized drift-diffusion processes, motion of charged particles, existence, uniqueness, energy estimates, a priori estimates, asymptotic behaviour




We introduce a spin-polarized drift-diffusion model for semiconductor spintronic devices. This coupled system of continuity equations and a Poisson equation with mixed boundary conditions in all equations has to be considered in heterostructures. We give a weak formulation of this problem and prove an existence and uniqueness result for the instationary problem. If the boundary data is compatible with thermodynamic equilibrium the free energy along the solution decays monotonously and exponentially to its equilibrium value. In other cases it may be increasing but we estimate its growth. Moreover we give upper and lower estimates for the solution.

Appeared in

  • Adv. Math. Sci. Appl., 18 (2008) pp. 401--427.

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