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  1. LDA + U study of Pu and PuO{sub 2} on ground state with spin-orbital coupling

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    Wang Hao, E-mail: haowangfp@gmail.com [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Narita-cho 2145-2, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki, 311-1313 (Japan); Konashi, Kenji [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Narita-cho 2145-2, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki, 311-1313 (Japan)

    2012-08-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In our paper, we use spin-orbital coupling to investigate PuO{sub 2}, which is the first time as our knowledge. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We also check initially the Jahn-Teller effect of PuO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Based on the Bader charge analysis, the covalency of Pu and O atoms is clearly shown. - Abstract: In order to describe the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of {delta}-Pu and PuO{sub 2}, first-principle calculation is performed with spin-orbital coupling. By applying the DFT + U and occupation matrix method, we obtain a good result close to the experimental data. All possible initial occupation matrices are tried to find the ground state. The Jahn-Teller distortion and the spin-orbital effect are discussed. The intermediate coupling is proven by PDOS analysis. Covalency between Pu and O atoms is proven by quantum theory of atoms in molecules. By PDOS, occupation matrix and Bader charge analysis, the 5f configurations of {delta}-Pu and PuO{sub 2} are investigated.

  2. Spin-orbit configuration interaction study of the electronic structure of the 5f (2) manifold of U(4+) and the 5f manifold of U(5+).

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    Danilo, Cécile; Vallet, Valérie; Flament, Jean-Pierre; Wahlgren, Ulf

    2008-04-21

    The energy levels of the 5f configuration of U(5+) and 5f(2) configuration of U(4+) have been calculated in a dressed effective Hamiltonian relativistic spin-orbit configuration interaction framework. Electron correlation is treated in the scalar relativistic scheme with either the multistate multireference second-order multiconfigurational perturbation theory (MS-CASPT2) or with the multireference single and double configuration interaction (MRCI) and its size-extensive Davidson corrected variant. The CASPT2 method yields relative energies which are lower than those obtained with the MRCI method, the differences being the largest for the highest state (1)S(0) of the 5f(2) manifold. Both valence correlation effects and spin-orbit polarization of the outer-core orbitals are shown to be important. The satisfactory agreement of the results with experiments and four-component correlated calculations illustrates the relevance of dressed spin-orbit configuration interaction methods for spectroscopy studies of heavy elements.

  3. Oxidation and aging in U and Pu probed by spin-orbit sum rule analysis: indications for covalent metal-oxide bonds

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    Moore, K; der Laan, G v; Haire, R; Wall, M; Schwartz, A

    2005-10-07

    Transmission electron microscopy is used to acquire electron energy-loss spectra from phase-specific regions of Pu and U metal, PuO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}, and aged, self-irradiated Pu metal. The N{sub 4,5} (4d {yields} 5f) spectra are analyzed using the spin-orbit sum rule. Our results show that the technique is sensitive enough to detect changes in the branching ratio of the white-line peaks between the metal and dioxide of both U and Pu. There is a small change in the branching ratio between different Pu metals, and the data trends as would be expected for varying f electron localization, i.e., {alpha}-Pu, {delta}-Pu, aged {delta}-Pu. Moreover, our results suggest that the metal-oxide bonds in UO{sub 2} and PuO{sub 2} are strongly covalent in nature and do not exhibit an integer valence change as would be expected from purely ionic bonding.

  4. The degree of 5f electron localization in URu2Si2: electron energy-loss spectroscopy and spin-orbit sum rule analysis

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    Jeffries, J R; Moore, K T; Butch, N P; Maple, M B

    2010-05-19

    We examine the degree of 5f electron localization in URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} using spin-orbit sum rule analysis of the U N{sub 4,5} (4d {yields} 5f) edge. When compared to {alpha}-U metal, US, USe, and UTe, which have increasing localization of the 5f states, we find that the 5f states of URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are more localized, although not entirely. Spin-orbit analysis shows that intermediate coupling is the correct angular momentum coupling mechanism for URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2} when the 5f electron count is between 2.6 and 2.8. These results have direct ramifications for theoretical assessment of the hidden order state of URu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}, where the degree of localization of the 5f electrons and their contribution to the Fermi surface are critical.

  5. Effect of Spin-Orbit Coupling on the Actinide Dioxides AnO2 (An=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am): A Screened Hybrid Density Functional Study

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    Wen, Xiaodong; Martin, Richard L.; Roy, Lindsay E.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Rudin, Sven P.; Batista, Enrique R.; McCleskey, Thomas M.; Scott, Brian L.; Bauer, Eve; Joyce, John J.; Durakiewicz, Tomasz

    2012-10-21

    We present a systematic comparison of the lattice structures, electronic density of states, and band gaps of actinide dioxides, AnO₂ (An=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am) predicted by the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof screened hybrid density functional (HSE) with the self-consistent inclusion of spin-orbit coupling(SOC). The computed HSE lattice constants and band gaps of AnO₂ are in consistently good agreement with the available experimental data across the series, and differ little from earlier HSE results without SOC. ThO₂ is a simple band insulator (f⁰), while PaO₂, UO₂, and NpO₂ are predicted to be Mott insulators. The remainders (PuO₂ and AmO₂) show considerable O2p/An5f mixing and are classified as charge-transfer insulators. We also compare our results for UO₂, NpO₂, and PuO₂with the PBE+U, self interaction correction (SIC), and dynamic mean-field theory (DMFT) many-body approximations.

  6. Effect of spin-orbit coupling on the actinide dioxides AnO2 (An=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am): A screened hybrid density functional study

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    Wen, Xiao-Dong; Martin, Richard L.; Roy, Lindsay E.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Rudin, Sven P.; Batista, Enrique R.; McCleskey, Thomas M.; Scott, Brian L.; Bauer, Eve; Joyce, John J.; Durakiewicz, Tomasz

    2012-10-01

    We present a systematic comparison of the lattice structures, electronic density of states, and band gaps of actinide dioxides, AnO2 (An=Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, and Am) predicted by the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof screened hybrid density functional (HSE) with the self-consistent inclusion of spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The computed HSE lattice constants and band gaps of AnO2 are in consistently good agreement with the available experimental data across the series, and differ little from earlier HSE results without SOC. ThO2 is a simple band insulator (f 0), while PaO2, UO2, and NpO2 are predicted to be Mott insulators. The remainders (PuO2 and AmO2) show considerable O2p/An5f mixing and are classified as charge-transfer insulators. We also compare our results for UO2, NpO2, and PuO2 with the PBE+U, self interaction correction (SIC), and dynamic mean-field theory (DMFT) many-body approximations.

  7. Deviation between the chemistry of Ce(IV) and Pu(IV) and routes to ordered and disordered heterobimetallic 4f/5f and 5f/5f phosphonates

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    Diwu, J.; Wang, Shuao; Good, Justin J.; DiStefano, Victoria H.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2011-06-06

    The heterobimetallic actinide compound UO₂Ce(H₂O)[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂]₂·H₂O was prepared via the hydrothermal reaction of U(VI) and Ce(IV) in the presence of 1,2-phenylenediphosphonic acid. We demonstrate that this is a kinetic product that is not stable with respect to decomposition to the monometallic compounds. Similar reactions have been explored with U(VI) and Ce(III), resulting in the oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV) and the formation of the Ce(IV) phosphonate, Ce[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O, UO₂Ce(H₂O)[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂]₂·H₂O, and UO₂[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂](H₂O)·H₂O. In comparison, the reaction of U(VI) with Np(VI) only yields Np[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂]₂·2H₂O and aqueous U(VI), whereas the reaction of U(VI) with Pu(VI) yields the disordered U(VI)/Pu(VI) compound, (U0.9Pu0.1)O₂[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂](H₂O)·H₂O, and the Pu(IV) phosphonate, Pu[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O. The reactions of Ce(IV) with Np(VI) yield disordered heterobimetallic phosphonates with both M[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O (M = Ce, Np) and M[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂]₂·2H₂O (M = Ce, Np) structures, as well as the Ce(IV) phosphonate Ce[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O. Ce(IV) reacts with Pu(IV) to yield the Pu(VI) compound, PuO₂[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂](H₂O)·3H₂O, and a disordered heterobimetallic Pu(IV)/Ce(IV) compound with the M[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O (M = Ce, Pu) structure. Mixtures of Np(VI) and Pu(VI) yield disordered heterobimetallic Np(IV)/Pu(IV) phosphonates with both the An[C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃H₂)][C₆H₄(PO₃H)(PO₃)]·2H₂O (M = Np, Pu) and An[C₆H₄(PO₃H)₂]₂·2H₂O (M = Np, Pu) formulas.

  8. Deviation between the chemistry of Ce(IV) and Pu(IV) and routes to ordered and disordered heterobimetallic 4f/5f and 5f/5f phosphonates.

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    Diwu, Juan; Wang, Shuao; Good, Justin J; DiStefano, Victoria H; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E

    2011-06-06

    The heterobimetallic actinide compound UO(2)Ce(H(2)O)[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](2)·H(2)O was prepared via the hydrothermal reaction of U(VI) and Ce(IV) in the presence of 1,2-phenylenediphosphonic acid. We demonstrate that this is a kinetic product that is not stable with respect to decomposition to the monometallic compounds. Similar reactions have been explored with U(VI) and Ce(III), resulting in the oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV) and the formation of the Ce(IV) phosphonate, Ce[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O, UO(2)Ce(H(2)O)[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](2)·H(2)O, and UO(2)[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](H(2)O)·H(2)O. In comparison, the reaction of U(VI) with Np(VI) only yields Np[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](2)·2H(2)O and aqueous U(VI), whereas the reaction of U(VI) with Pu(VI) yields the disordered U(VI)/Pu(VI) compound, (U(0.9)Pu(0.1))O(2)[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](H(2)O)·H(2)O, and the Pu(IV) phosphonate, Pu[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O. The reactions of Ce(IV) with Np(VI) yield disordered heterobimetallic phosphonates with both M[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O (M = Ce, Np) and M[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](2)·2H(2)O (M = Ce, Np) structures, as well as the Ce(IV) phosphonate Ce[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O. Ce(IV) reacts with Pu(IV) to yield the Pu(VI) compound, PuO(2)[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](H(2)O)·3H(2)O, and a disordered heterobimetallic Pu(IV)/Ce(IV) compound with the M[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O (M = Ce, Pu) structure. Mixtures of Np(VI) and Pu(VI) yield disordered heterobimetallic Np(IV)/Pu(IV) phosphonates with both the An[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3)H(2))][C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(PO(3))]·2H(2)O (M = Np, Pu) and An[C(6)H(4)(PO(3)H)(2)](2)·2H(2)O (M = Np, Pu) formulas.

  9. Quark spin-orbit correlations

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    Lorcé, Cédric

    2014-01-01

    The proton spin puzzle issue focused the attention on the parton spin and orbital angular momentum contributions to the proton spin. However, a complete characterization of the proton spin structure requires also the knowledge of the parton spin-orbit correlation. We showed that this quantity can be expressed in terms of moments of measurable parton distributions. Using the available phenomenological information about the valence quarks, we concluded that this correlation is negative, meaning that the valence quark spin and kinetic orbital angular momentum are, in average, opposite. The quark spin-orbit correlation can also be expressed more intuitively in terms of relativistic phase-space distributions, which can be seen as the mother distributions of the standard generalized and transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions. We present here for the first time some examples of the general multipole decomposition of these phase-space distributions.

  10. Spin-orbit ferromagnetic resonance

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    Ferguson, Andrew

    2013-03-01

    In conventional magnetic resonance techniques the magnitude and direction of the oscillatory magnetic field are (at least approximately) known. This oscillatory field is used to probe the properties of a spin ensemble. Here, I will describe experiments that do the inverse. I will discuss how we use a magnetic resonance technique to map out the current-induced effective magnetic fields in the ferromagnetic semiconductors (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)(As,P). These current-induced fields have their origin in the spin-orbit interaction. Effective magnetic fields are observed with symmetries which resemble the Dresselhaus and Rashba spin-orbit interactions and which depend on the diagonal and off-diagonal strain respectively. Ferromagnetic semiconductor materials of different strains, annealing conditions and concentrations are studied and the results compared with theoretical calculations. Our original study measured the rectification voltage coming from the product of the oscillatory magnetoresistance, during magnetisation precession, and the alternating current. More recently we have developed an impedance matching technique which enables us to extract microwave voltages from these high resistance (10 k Ω) samples. In this way we measure the microwave voltage coming from the product of the oscillating magneto-resistance and a direct current. The direct current is observed to affect the magnetisation precession, indicating that anti-damping as well as field-like torques can originate from the spin-orbit interaction.

  11. Spin-orbit-coupled superconductivity.

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    Lo, Shun-Tsung; Lin, Shih-Wei; Wang, Yi-Ting; Lin, Sheng-Di; Liang, C-T

    2014-06-25

    Superconductivity and spin-orbit (SO) interaction have been two separate emerging fields until very recently that the correlation between them seemed to be observed. However, previous experiments concerning SO coupling are performed far beyond the superconducting state and thus a direct demonstration of how SO coupling affects superconductivity remains elusive. Here we investigate the SO coupling in the critical region of superconducting transition on Al nanofilms, in which the strength of disorder and spin relaxation by SO coupling are changed by varying the film thickness. At temperatures T sufficiently above the superconducting critical temperature T(c), clear signature of SO coupling reveals itself in showing a magneto-resistivity peak. When T superconductivity. By studying such magneto-resistivity peaks under different strength of spin relaxation, we highlight the important effects of SO interaction on superconductivity.

  12. Spin-Orbit induced semiconductor spin guides

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    Valin-Rodriguez, Manuel; Puente, Antonio; Serra, Llorens

    2002-01-01

    The tunability of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling allows to build semiconductor heterostructures with space modulated coupling intensities. We show that a wire-shaped spin-orbit modulation in a quantum well can support propagating electronic states inside the wire only for a certain spin orientation and, therefore, it acts as an effective spin transmission guide for this particular spin orientation.

  13. Spin-orbit interactions between two baryons

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    Takeuchi, Sachiko [Japan College of Social Work, Kiyose, Tokyo (Japan); Morimatsu, Osamu [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tanashi Branch (KEK-Tanashi), Tanashi, Tokyo (Japan); Tani, Yoshihiro; Oka, Makoto [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Dept. of Physics

    2000-04-01

    The spin-orbit interactions in the quark cluster models are reviewed in this article. The observed spin-orbit force between two nucleons is strong, while that in the excited baryons or in the {lambda}N interaction is small. We try to sort out whether the quark cluster model can produce a spin-orbit force which explains these features simultaneously. Various works which include the spin-orbit force with different origins such as gluons, mesons, or coupling to other channels are compared to each other. The roles of the symmetric and anti-symmetric spin- orbit forces in the NN scattering phase shifts and in the YN low-energy cross sections and the phase shifts are investigated. (author)

  14. Interfacial spin-orbit torque without bulk spin-orbit coupling

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    Emori, Satoru; Nan, Tianxiang; Belkessam, Amine M.; Wang, Xinjun; Matyushov, Alexei D.; Babroski, Christopher J.; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Hwaider; Sun, Nian X.

    2016-05-01

    An electric current in the presence of spin-orbit coupling can generate a spin accumulation that exerts torques on a nearby magnetization. We demonstrate that, even in the absence of materials with strong bulk spin-orbit coupling, a torque can arise solely due to interfacial spin-orbit coupling, namely, Rashba-Eldestein effects at metal/insulator interfaces. In magnetically soft NiFe sandwiched between a weak spin-orbit metal (Ti) and insulator (Al2O3 ), this torque appears as an effective field, which is significantly larger than the Oersted field and qualitatively modified by inserting an additional layer between NiFe and Al2O3 . Our findings point to unconventional routes for tuning spin-orbit torques by engineering interfacial electric dipoles.

  15. Mesoscopic Rings with Spin-Orbit Interactions

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    Berche, Bertrand; Chatelain, Christophe; Medina, Ernesto

    2010-01-01

    A didactic description of charge and spin equilibrium currents on mesoscopic rings in the presence of spin-orbit interaction is presented. Emphasis is made on the non-trivial construction of the correct Hamiltonian in polar coordinates, the calculation of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions and the symmetries of the ground-state properties. Spin…

  16. Spin-Orbit Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    2016-11-03

    Spin -Orbit Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensates This ARO research proposal entitled " SPIN -ORBIT COUPLED BOSE-EINSTEIN CONDENSATES" (SOBECs) explored...realized with cold atoms. A unique feature of the SOBECs is a topologically protected spin -orbital degeneracy of the ground state that results in a...Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 superfluids, spin -orbit coupling, optical lattices, topological states REPORT

  17. Dissociation of diglycolamide complexes of Ln3+ (Ln = La-Lu) and An3+ (An = Pu, Am, Cm): redox chemistry of 4f and 5f elements in the gas phase parallels solution behavior.

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    Gong, Yu; Tian, Guoxin; Rao, Linfeng; Gibson, John K

    2014-11-17

    Tripositive lanthanide and actinide ions, Ln(3+) (Ln = La-Lu) and An(3+) (An = Pu, Am, Cm), were transferred from solution to gas by electrospray ionization as Ln(L)3(3+) and An(L)3(3+) complexes, where L = tetramethyl-3-oxa-glutaramide (TMOGA). The fragmentation chemistry of the complexes was examined by collision-induced and electron transfer dissociation (CID and ETD). Protonated TMOGA, HL(+), and Ln(L)(L-H)(2+) are the major products upon CID of La(L)3(3+), Ce(L)3(3+), and Pr(L)3(3+), while Ln(L)2(3+) is increasingly pronounced beyond Pr. A C-Oether bond cleavage product appears upon CID of all Ln(L)3(3+); only for Eu(L)3(3+) is the divalent complex, Eu(L)2(2+), dominant. The CID patterns of Pu(L)3(3+), Am(L)3(3+), and Cm(L)3(3+) are similar to those of the Ln(L)3(3+) for the late Ln. A striking exception is the appearance of Pu(IV) products upon CID of Pu(L)3(3+), in accord with the relatively low Pu(IV)/Pu(III) reduction potential in solution. Minor divalent Ln(L)2(2+) and An(L)2(2+) were produced for all Ln and An; with the exception of Eu(L)2(2+) these complexes form adducts with O2, presumably producing superoxides in which the trivalent oxidation state is recovered. ETD of Ln(L)3(3+) and An(L)3(3+) reveals behavior which parallels that of the Ln(3+) and An(3+) ions in solution. A C-Oether bond cleavage product, in which the trivalent oxidation state is preserved, appeared for all complexes; charge reduction products, Ln(L)2(2+) and Ln(L)3(2+), appear only for Sm, Eu, and Yb, which have stable divalent oxidation states. Both CID and ETD reveal chemistry that reflects the condensed-phase redox behavior of the 4f and 5f elements.

  18. Effects of spin-orbit coupling on quantum transport

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    Bardarson, Jens Hjorleifur

    2008-01-01

    The effect of spin-orbit coupling on various quantum transport phenomena is considered. The main topics discussed are: * How spin-orbit coupling can induce shot noise through trajectory splitting. * How spin-orbit coupling can degrade electron-hole entanglement (created by a tunnel barrier) by mo

  19. Spin Orbit Torque in Ferromagnetic Semiconductors

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    Li, Hang

    2016-06-21

    Electrons not only have charges but also have spin. By utilizing the electron spin, the energy consumption of electronic devices can be reduced, their size can be scaled down and the efficiency of `read\\' and `write\\' in memory devices can be significantly improved. Hence, the manipulation of electron spin in electronic devices becomes more and more appealing for the advancement of microelectronics. In spin-based devices, the manipulation of ferromagnetic order parameter using electrical currents is a very useful means for current-driven operation. Nowadays, most of magnetic memory devices are based on the so-called spin transfer torque, which stems from the spin angular momentum transfer between a spin-polarized current and the magnetic order parameter. Recently, a novel spin torque effect, exploiting spin-orbit coupling in non-centrosymmetric magnets, has attracted a massive amount of attention. This thesis addresses the nature of spin-orbit coupled transport and torques in non-centrosymmetric magnetic semiconductors. We start with the theoretical study of spin orbit torque in three dimensional ferromagnetic GaMnAs. Using the Kubo formula, we calculate both the current-driven field-like torque and anti-damping-like torque. We compare the numerical results with the analytical expressions in the model case of a magnetic Rashba two-dimensional electron gas. Parametric dependencies of the different torque components and similarities to the analytical results of the Rashba two-dimensional electron gas in the weak disorder limit are described. Subsequently we study spin-orbit torques in two dimensional hexagonal crystals such as graphene, silicene, germanene and stanene. In the presence of staggered potential and exchange field, the valley degeneracy can be lifted and we obtain a valley-dependent Berry curvature, leading to a tunable antidamping torque by controlling the valley degree of freedom. This thesis then addresses the influence of the quantum spin Hall

  20. Spin-orbit interactions of light

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    Bliokh, K Y; Nori, F; Zayats, A V

    2015-01-01

    Light carries spin and orbital angular momentum. These dynamical properties are determined by the polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of light. Modern nano-optics, photonics, and plasmonics, tend to explore subwavelength scales and additional degrees of freedom of structured, i.e., spatially-inhomogeneous, optical fields. In such fields, spin and orbital properties become strongly coupled with each other. We overview the fundamental origins and important applications of the main spin-orbit interaction phenomena in optics. These include: spin-Hall effects in inhomogeneous media and at optical interfaces, spin-dependent effects in nonparaxial (focused or scattered) fields, spin-controlled shaping of light using anisotropic structured interfaces (metasurfaces), as well as robust spin-directional coupling via evanescent near fields. We show that spin-orbit interactions are inherent in all basic optical processes, and they play a crucial role at subwavelength scales and structures in modern optics.

  1. Mesoscopic rings with spin-orbit interactions

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    Berche, Bertrand; Chatelain, Christophe; Medina, Ernesto, E-mail: berche@lpm.u-nancy.f [Statistical Physics Group, Institut Jean Lamour, UMR CNRS No 7198, Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy 1, B.P. 70239, F-54506 Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France)

    2010-09-15

    A didactic description of charge and spin equilibrium currents on mesoscopic rings in the presence of spin-orbit interaction is presented. Emphasis is made on the non-trivial construction of the correct Hamiltonian in polar coordinates, the calculation of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions and the symmetries of the ground-state properties. Spin currents are derived following an intuitive definition, and then a more thorough derivation is built upon the canonical Lagrangian formulation that emphasizes the SU(2) gauge structure of the transport problem of spin-1/2 fermions in spin-orbit active media. The quantization conditions that follow from the constraint of single-valued Pauli spinors are also discussed. The targeted students are those of a graduate condensed matter physics course.

  2. Spin-orbit scattering in superconducting nanoparticles

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    Alhassid, Y. [Center for Theoretical Physics, Sloane Physics Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 06520 (United States); Nesterov, K.N. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706 (United States)

    2017-06-15

    We review interaction effects in chaotic metallic nanoparticles. Their single-particle Hamiltonian is described by the proper random-matrix ensemble while the dominant interaction terms are invariants under a change of the single-particle basis. In the absence of spin-orbit scattering, the nontrivial invariants consist of a pairing interaction, which leads to superconductivity in the bulk, and a ferromagnetic exchange interaction. Spin-orbit scattering breaks spin-rotation invariance and when it is sufficiently strong, the only dominant nontrivial interaction is the pairing interaction. We discuss how the magnetic response of discrete energy levels of the nanoparticle (which can be measured in single-electron tunneling spectroscopy experiments) is affected by such pairing correlations and how it can provide a signature of pairing correlations. We also consider the spin susceptibility of the nanoparticle and discuss how spin-orbit scattering changes the signatures of pairing correlations in this observable. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. The multi-state CASPT2 spin-orbit method

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    Barandiaran, Zoila

    2010-01-01

    We propose the multi-state complete-active-space second-order perturbation theory spin-orbit method (MS-CASPT2-SO) for electronic structure calculations. It is a two-step spin-orbit coupling method that does not make use of energy shifts and that intrinsically guarantees the correct characters of the small space wave functions that are used to calculate the spin-orbit couplings, in contrast with previous two-step methods.

  4. Spin-orbit evolution of Mercury revisited

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    Noyelles, Benoit; Makarov, Valeri; Efroimsky, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Mercury is a peculiar case, in that it is locked into the 3:2 spin-orbit resonance. Its rotation period, 58 days, is exactly two thirds of its orbital period. It is accepted that the eccentricity of Mercury (0.206) favours the trapping into this resonance. More controversial is how the capture took place. A recent study by Makarov has shown that entrapment into this resonance is certain if the eccentricity is larger than 0.2, provided that we use a realistic tidal model, based on the Darwin-Kaula expansion of the tidal torque, including both the elastic rebound and anelastic creep of solids. We here revisit the scenario of Mercury's capture into the supersynchronous spin-orbit resonances. The study is based on a realistic model of tidal friction in solids, that takes into account the rheology and the self-gravitation of the planet. Developed in Efroimsky, it was employed by Makarov et al. to determine the likely spin state of the planet GJ581d, with its eccentricity evolution taken into account. It was also u...

  5. Spin-Orbit Force from Lattice QCD

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    Murano, K; Aoki, S; Doi, T; Hatsuda, T; Ikeda, Y; Inoue, T; Nemura, H; Sasaki, K

    2013-01-01

    We present a first attempt to determine nucleon-nucleon potentials in the parity-odd sector, which appear in 1P1, 3P0, 3P1, 3P2-3F2 channels, in Nf=2 lattice QCD simulations. These potentials are constructed from the Nambu-Bethe-Salpeter wave functions for J^P=0^-, 1^- and 2^-, which correspond to A1^-, T1^- and T2^- + E^- representation of the cubic group, respectively. We have found a large and attractive spin-orbit potential VLS(r) in the isospin-triplet channel, which is qualitatively consistent with the phenomenological determination from the experimental scattering phase shifts. The potentials obtained from lattice QCD are used to calculate the scattering phase shifts in 1P1, 3P0, 3P1 and 3P2-3F2 channels. The strong attractive spin-orbit force and a weak repulsive central force in spin-triplet P-wave channels lead to an attraction in the 3P2 channel, which is related to the P-wave neutron paring in neutron stars.

  6. Origin of the Spin-Orbit Interaction

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    Spavieri, Gianfranco

    2015-01-01

    We consider a semi-classical model to describe the origin of the spin-orbit interaction in a simple system such as the hydrogen atom. The interaction energy U is calculated in the rest-frame of the nucleus, around which an electron, having linear velocity v and magnetic dipole-moment mu, travels in a circular orbit. The interaction energy U is due to the coupling of the induced electric dipole p=(v/c)x mu with the electric field En of the nucleus. Assuming the radius of the electron's orbit remains constant during a spin-flip transition, our model predicts that the energy of the system changes by Delta_E = U/2, the factor 1/2 emerging naturally as a consequence of equilibrium and the change of the kinetic energy of the electron. The correct 1/2 factor for the spin-orbit coupling energy is thus derived without the need to invoke the well-known Thomas precession in the rest-frame of the electron.

  7. Spin-orbit scattering visualized in quasiparticle interference

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    Kohsaka, Y.; Machida, T.; Iwaya, K.; Kanou, M.; Hanaguri, T.; Sasagawa, T.

    2017-03-01

    In the presence of spin-orbit coupling, electron scattering off impurities depends on both spin and orbital angular momentum of electrons—spin-orbit scattering. Although some transport properties are subject to spin-orbit scattering, experimental techniques directly accessible to this effect are limited. Here we show that a signature of spin-orbit scattering manifests itself in quasiparticle interference (QPI) imaged by spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy. The experimental data of a polar semiconductor BiTeI are well reproduced by numerical simulations with the T -matrix formalism that include not only scalar scattering normally adopted but also spin-orbit scattering stronger than scalar scattering. To accelerate the simulations, we extend the standard efficient method of QPI calculation for momentum-independent scattering to be applicable even for spin-orbit scattering. We further identify a selection rule that makes spin-orbit scattering visible in the QPI pattern. These results demonstrate that spin-orbit scattering can exert predominant influence on QPI patterns and thus suggest that QPI measurement is available to detect spin-orbit scattering.

  8. Tailoring spin-orbit torque in diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Li, Hang

    2013-05-16

    We study the spin orbit torque arising from an intrinsic linear Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling in a single layer III-V diluted magnetic semiconductor. We investigate the transport properties and spin torque using the linear response theory, and we report here: (1) a strong correlation exists between the angular dependence of the torque and the anisotropy of the Fermi surface; (2) the spin orbit torque depends nonlinearly on the exchange coupling. Our findings suggest the possibility to tailor the spin orbit torque magnitude and angular dependence by structural design.

  9. Rotation Axis Variation Due To Spin Orbit Resonance

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    Gallavotti, G

    1993-01-01

    Abstract: rotation axis variation due to spin orbit resonance: conference report; keywords: planetary precession, rigid body, chaos, KAM, Arnold diffusion, averaging, celestial mechanics, classical mechanics, large deviations

  10. Bodily tides near spin-orbit resonances

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    Efroimsky, Michael

    2012-03-01

    Spin-orbit coupling can be described in two approaches. The first method, known as the "MacDonald torque", is often combined with a convenient assumption that the quality factor Q is frequency-independent. This makes the method inconsistent, because derivation of the expression for the MacDonald torque tacitly fixes the rheology of the mantle by making Q scale as the inverse tidal frequency. Spin-orbit coupling can be treated also in an approach called "the Darwin torque". While this theory is general enough to accommodate an arbitrary frequency-dependence of Q, this advantage has not yet been fully exploited in the literature, where Q is often assumed constant or is set to scale as inverse tidal frequency, the latter assertion making the Darwin torque equivalent to a corrected version of the MacDonald torque. However neither a constant nor an inverse-frequency Q reflect the properties of realistic mantles and crusts, because the actual frequency-dependence is more complex. Hence it is necessary to enrich the theory of spin-orbit interaction with the right frequency-dependence. We accomplish this programme for the Darwin-torque-based model near resonances. We derive the frequency-dependence of the tidal torque from the first principles of solid-state mechanics, i.e., from the expression for the mantle's compliance in the time domain. We also explain that the tidal torque includes not only the customary, secular part, but also an oscillating part. We demonstrate that the lmpq term of the Darwin-Kaula expansion for the tidal torque smoothly passes zero, when the secondary traverses the lmpq resonance (e.g., the principal tidal torque smoothly goes through nil as the secondary crosses the synchronous orbit). Thus, we prepare a foundation for modeling entrapment of a despinning primary into a resonance with its secondary. The roles of the primary and secondary may be played, e.g., by Mercury and the Sun, correspondingly, or by an icy moon and a Jovian planet. We also

  11. Spin-orbit torques in two-dimensional Rashba ferromagnets

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    Qaiumzadeh, A.; Duine, R. A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304830127; Titov, M.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetization dynamics in single-domain ferromagnets can be triggered by a charge current if the spin-orbit coupling is sufficiently strong. We apply functional Keldysh theory to investigate spin-orbit torques in metallic two-dimensional Rashba ferromagnets in the presence of spin-dependent

  12. Hydrodynamics of Normal Atomic Gases with Spin-orbit Coupling.

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    Hou, Yan-Hua; Yu, Zhenhua

    2015-10-20

    Successful realization of spin-orbit coupling in atomic gases by the NIST scheme opens the prospect of studying the effects of spin-orbit coupling on many-body physics in an unprecedentedly controllable way. Here we derive the linearized hydrodynamic equations for the normal atomic gases of the spin-orbit coupling by the NIST scheme with zero detuning. We show that the hydrodynamics of the system crucially depends on the momentum susceptibilities which can be modified by the spin-orbit coupling. We reveal the effects of the spin-orbit coupling on the sound velocities and the dipole mode frequency of the gases by applying our formalism to the ideal Fermi gas. We also discuss the generalization of our results to other situations.

  13. Large spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes.

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    Steele, G A; Pei, F; Laird, E A; Jol, J M; Meerwaldt, H B; Kouwenhoven, L P

    2013-01-01

    It has recently been recognised that the strong spin-orbit interaction present in solids can lead to new phenomena, such as materials with non-trivial topological order. Although the atomic spin-orbit coupling in carbon is weak, the spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes can be significant due to their curved surface. Previous works have reported spin-orbit couplings in reasonable agreement with theory, and this coupling strength has formed the basis of a large number of theoretical proposals. Here we report a spin-orbit coupling in three carbon nanotube devices that is an order of magnitude larger than previously measured. We find a zero-field spin splitting of up to 3.4 meV, corresponding to a built-in effective magnetic field of 29 T aligned along the nanotube axis. Although the origin of the large spin-orbit coupling is not explained by existing theories, its strength is promising for applications of the spin-orbit interaction in carbon nanotubes devices.

  14. Large spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes

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    Steele, G. A.; Pei, F.; Laird, E. A.; Jol, J. M.; Meerwaldt, H. B.; Kouwenhoven, L. P.

    2013-03-01

    It has recently been recognised that the strong spin-orbit interaction present in solids can lead to new phenomena, such as materials with non-trivial topological order. Although the atomic spin-orbit coupling in carbon is weak, the spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes can be significant due to their curved surface. Previous works have reported spin-orbit couplings in reasonable agreement with theory, and this coupling strength has formed the basis of a large number of theoretical proposals. Here we report a spin-orbit coupling in three carbon nanotube devices that is an order of magnitude larger than previously measured. We find a zero-field spin splitting of up to 3.4 meV, corresponding to a built-in effective magnetic field of 29 T aligned along the nanotube axis. Although the origin of the large spin-orbit coupling is not explained by existing theories, its strength is promising for applications of the spin-orbit interaction in carbon nanotubes devices.

  15. Spin orbit torque based electronic neuron

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    Sengupta, Abhronil, E-mail: asengup@purdue.edu; Choday, Sri Harsha; Kim, Yusung; Roy, Kaushik [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2015-04-06

    A device based on current-induced spin-orbit torque (SOT) that functions as an electronic neuron is proposed in this work. The SOT device implements an artificial neuron's thresholding (transfer) function. In the first step of a two-step switching scheme, a charge current places the magnetization of a nano-magnet along the hard-axis, i.e., an unstable point for the magnet. In the second step, the SOT device (neuron) receives a current (from the synapses) which moves the magnetization from the unstable point to one of the two stable states. The polarity of the synaptic current encodes the excitatory and inhibitory nature of the neuron input and determines the final orientation of the magnetization. A resistive crossbar array, functioning as synapses, generates a bipolar current that is a weighted sum of the inputs. The simulation of a two layer feed-forward artificial neural network based on the SOT electronic neuron shows that it consumes ∼3× lower power than a 45 nm digital CMOS implementation, while reaching ∼80% accuracy in the classification of 100 images of handwritten digits from the MNIST dataset.

  16. Spin-orbit delays in photoemission

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    Jordan, I.; Huppert, M.; Pabst, S.; Kheifets, A. S.; Baykusheva, D.; Wörner, H. J.

    2017-01-01

    Attosecond delays between photoelectron wave packets emitted from different electronic shells are now well established. Is there any delay between electrons originating from the same electronic shell but leaving the cation in different fine-structure states? This question is relevant for all attosecond photoemission studies involving heavy elements, be it atoms, molecules or solids. We answer this fundamental question by measuring energy-dependent delays between photoelectron wave packets associated with the 3/2 2P and 1/2 2P components of the electronic ground states of Xe+ and Kr+. We observe delays reaching up to 33 ±6 as in the case of Xe. Our results are compared with two state-of-the-art theories. Whereas both theories quantitatively agree with the results obtained for Kr, neither of them fully reproduces the experimental results in Xe. Performing delay measurements very close to the ionization thresholds, we compare the agreement of several analytical formulas for the continuum-continuum delays with experimental data. Our results show an important influence of spin-orbit coupling on attosecond photoionization delays, highlight the requirement for additional theory development, and offer a precision benchmark for such work.

  17. Pure gauge spin-orbit couplings

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    Shikakhwa, M. S.

    2017-01-01

    Planar systems with a general linear spin-orbit interaction (SOI) that can be cast in the form of a non-Abelian pure gauge field are investigated using the language of non-Abelian gauge field theory. A special class of these fields that, though a 2×2 matrix, are Abelian are seen to emerge and their general form is given. It is shown that the unitary transformation that gauges away these fields induces at the same time a rotation on the wave function about a fixed axis but with a space-dependent angle, both of which being characteristics of the SOI involved. The experimentally important case of equal-strength Rashba and Dresselhaus SOI (R+D SOI) is shown to fall within this special class of Abelian gauge fields, and the phenomenon of persistent spin helix (PSH) that emerges in the presence of this latter SOI in a plane is shown to fit naturally within the general formalism developed. The general formalism is also extended to the case of a particle confined to a ring. It is shown that the Hamiltonian on a ring in the presence of equal-strength R+D SOI is unitarily equivalent to that of a particle subject to only a spin-independent but θ-dependent potential with the unitary transformation relating the two being again the space-dependent rotation operator characteristic of R+D SOI.

  18. Flexible spin-orbit torque devices

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    Lee, OukJae; You, Long; Jang, Jaewon; Subramanian, Vivek [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Salahuddin, Sayeef [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    2015-12-21

    We report on state-of-the-art spintronic devices synthesized and fabricated directly on a flexible organic substrate. Large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was achieved in ultrathin ferromagnetic heterostructures of Pt/Co/MgO sputtered on a non-rigid plastic substrate at room temperature. Subsequently, a full magnetic reversal of the Co was observed by exploiting the spin orbit coupling in Pt that leads to a spin accumulation at the Pt/Co interface when an in-plane current is applied. Quasi-static measurements show the potential for operating these devices at nano-second speeds. Importantly, the behavior of the devices remained unchanged under varying bending conditions (up to a bending radius of ≈ ±20–30 mm). Furthermore, the devices showed robust operation even after application of 10{sup 6} successive pulses, which is likely sufficient for many flexible applications. Thus, this work demonstrates the potential for integrating high performance spintronic devices on flexible substrates, which could lead to many applications ranging from flexible non-volatile magnetic memory to local magnetic resonance imaging.

  19. Manipulating Spin-Orbit Interaction in Semiconductors

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    Kohda, Makoto; Bergsten, Tobias; Nitta, Junsaku

    2008-03-01

    Spin-orbit interaction (SOI), where the orbital motion of electrons is coupled with the orientation of electron spins, originates from a relativistic effect. Generally, in nonrelativistic momentum, p = \\hbar k≪ m0c, the SOI is negligible. However, in a semiconductor heterostructure, the small energy-band gap (Eg ≪ m0c2) and the electron wave modulated by the atomic core potential markedly enhance the SOI. Since the SOI acts as an effective magnetic field, it may offer novel functionalities for controlling the spin degree of freedom such as the electrical spin generation and the electrical control of the spin precession in a semiconductor heterojunction. Here, we review recent experimental studies on the manipulation of the SOI in a semiconductor two-dimensional electron gas. We first present a theoretical overview of the Rashba SOI, which lifts the spin degeneracy due to structural inversion asymmetry. We then present experimental results on the quantum well (QW) thickness dependences of the Rashba SOI in InP/InGaAs/InAlAs asymmetric QWs by analyzing the weak antilocalization. Finally, we show quantum interference effects due to the spin precession in a small array of mesoscopic InGaAs rings, which is an experimental demonstration of the time-reversal Aharonov-Casher effect and the electromagnetic dual to the Al’tshuler-Aronov-Spivak effect.

  20. Antiferromagnetic domain wall motion driven by spin-orbit torques

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    Shiino, Takayuki; Oh, Se-Hyeok; Haney, Paul M.; Lee, Seo-Won; Go, Gyungchoon; Park, Byong-Guk; Lee, Kyung-Jin

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically investigate dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls driven by spin-orbit torques in antiferromagnet/heavy metal bilayers. We show that spin-orbit torques drive antiferromagnetic domain walls much faster than ferromagnetic domain walls. As the domain wall velocity approaches the maximum spin-wave group velocity, the domain wall undergoes Lorentz contraction and emits spin-waves in the terahertz frequency range. The interplay between spin-orbit torques and the relativistic dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls leads to the efficient manipulation of antiferromagnetic spin textures and paves the way for the generation of high frequency signals from antiferromagnets. PMID:27588878

  1. Spin-orbit mediated control of spin qubits

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    Flindt, Christian; Sørensen, A.S; Flensberg, Karsten

    2006-01-01

    We propose to use the spin-orbit interaction as a means to control electron spins in quantum dots, enabling both single-qubit and two-qubit operations. Very fast single-qubit operations may be achieved by temporarily displacing the electrons. For two-qubit operations the coupling mechanism is based...... on a combination of the spin-orbit coupling and the mutual long-ranged Coulomb interaction. Compared to existing schemes using the exchange coupling, the spin-orbit induced coupling is less sensitive to random electrical fluctuations in the electrodes defining the quantum dots....

  2. Interplay of Coulomb interaction and spin-orbit coupling

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    Bünemann, Jörg; Linneweber, Thorben; Löw, Ute; Anders, Frithjof B.; Gebhard, Florian

    2016-07-01

    We employ the Gutzwiller variational approach to investigate the interplay of Coulomb interaction and spin-orbit coupling in a three-orbital Hubbard model. Already in the paramagnetic phase we find a substantial renormalization of the spin-orbit coupling that enters the effective single-particle Hamiltonian for the quasiparticles. Only close to half band-filling and for sizable Coulomb interaction do we observe clear signatures of Hund's atomic rules for spin, orbital, and total angular momentum. For a finite local Hund's rule exchange interaction we find a ferromagnetically ordered state. The spin-orbit coupling considerably reduces the size of the ordered moment, it generates a small ordered orbital moment, and it induces a magnetic anisotropy. To investigate the magnetic anisotropy energy, we use an external magnetic field that tilts the magnetic moment away from the easy axis (1 ,1 ,1 ) .

  3. Vortex line in spin-orbit coupled atomic Fermi gases

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    2012-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW A 85, 013622 (2012) Vortex line in spin-orbit coupled atomic Fermi gases M. Iskin Department of Physics, Koc¸ University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, TR-34450 Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey (Received 1 December 2011; published 17 January 2012) It has recently been shown that the spin-orbit coupling gives rise to topologically nontrivial and thermodynamically stable gapless superfluid phases when the pseudospin populations of an atomic Fermi gas are imbalanced, with the ...

  4. Cooling Torsional Nanomechanical Vibration by Spin-Orbit Interactions

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    ZHAO Nan; ZHOU Duan-Lu; ZHU Jia-Lin

    2008-01-01

    We propose and study a spin-orbit interaction based mechanism to actively cool down the torsional vibration of a nanomechanical resonator made by semiconductor materials. We show that the spin-orbit interactions of electrons can induce a coherent coupling between the electron spins and the torsional modes of nanomechanical vibration. This coupling leads to an active cooling for the torsional modes through the dynamical thermalization of the resonator by the spin ensemble.

  5. Angular dependence of spin-orbit spin-transfer torques

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    Lee, Ki-Seung

    2015-04-06

    In ferromagnet/heavy-metal bilayers, an in-plane current gives rise to spin-orbit spin-transfer torque, which is usually decomposed into fieldlike and dampinglike torques. For two-dimensional free-electron and tight-binding models with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, the fieldlike torque acquires nontrivial dependence on the magnetization direction when the Rashba spin-orbit coupling becomes comparable to the exchange interaction. This nontrivial angular dependence of the fieldlike torque is related to the Fermi surface distortion, determined by the ratio of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling to the exchange interaction. On the other hand, the dampinglike torque acquires nontrivial angular dependence when the Rashba spin-orbit coupling is comparable to or stronger than the exchange interaction. It is related to the combined effects of the Fermi surface distortion and the Fermi sea contribution. The angular dependence is consistent with experimental observations and can be important to understand magnetization dynamics induced by spin-orbit spin-transfer torques.

  6. Tidal interactions in spin-orbit misaligned systems

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    Lin, Yufeng; Ogilvie, Gordon I.

    2017-06-01

    Spin-orbit misalignments have been detected in exoplanetary systems and binary star systems. Tidal interactions may have played an important role in the evolution of the spin-orbit angle. In this study, we investigate the tidal interactions in spin-orbit misaligned systems. In particular, we focus on the tidal response of a rotating fluid body to the obliquity tide, which may be important for the evolution of the spin-orbit angle but hardly affects the orbital evolution. The obliquity tide also provides a torque for the mutual precession of the spin and orbital axes around the total angular momentum vector, which has not yet been considered in previous studies on the tidal interactions. In this paper, we first formulate a set of linearized equations describing the tidal response in spin-orbit misaligned systems, taking into account the precessional motion. Numerical solutions in a homogeneous fluid and in a polytrope of index 1 show that dissipative inertial waves can be excited on top of precession by the obliquity tide in the presence of a rigid core. The tidal quality factor associated with the obliquity tide Q^' }_{210} can be several orders of magnitude smaller than those associated with other tidal components if their frequencies fall outside the frequency range of inertial waves. Therefore, it is possible that the spin-orbit misalignment undergoes much more rapid decay than the orbital decay in hot Jupiter systems owing to the enhanced dissipation of the obliquity tide.

  7. Dual nature of the 5f electrons in plutonium materials

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    Joyce, J.J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)]. E-mail: jjoyce@lanl.gov; Wills, J.M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Durakiewicz, T. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Butterfield, M.T. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States); Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Guziewicz, E. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland); Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Moore, D.P. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Sarrao, J.L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Morales, L.A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Arko, A.J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Eriksson, O. [Department of Physics, Uppsala University, Box 530 (Sweden); Delin, A. [Materialvetenskap, KTH, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden); Graham, K.S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2006-05-01

    The electronic structure of select Pu materials is examined by means of photoemission (PES) and model calculations. We present the first photoemission results and electronic structure calculations for the material PuIn{sub 3}. Results for Pu materials, including the cubic delta-phase metal and the superconductor PuCoGa{sub 5}, give indication of the 5f electrons exhibiting both localized and itinerant character. These new results for PuIn{sub 3} place this compounds also in the 5f dual nature category. The dual nature of the Pu 5f electrons demarks the boundary between localized and itinerant 5f character in the actinides.The photoemission data for {delta}-Pu, PuIn{sub 3} and PuCoGa{sub 5} are compared against model calculations. The calculations are a mixed level model (MLM) which is a multi-electron extension of the generalized gradient approximation. Using the MLM, one obtains good agreement for the volume and total energy minimum with 4 of 5 Pu 5f electrons localized. The calculations also agree well with the PES spectra. Other computational schemes and interpretations are also reviewed.

  8. Spin-orbit and tensor mean-field effects on spin-orbit splitting including self-consistent core polarizations

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    Zalewski, M; Satula, W; Werner, T R

    2008-01-01

    A new strategy of fitting the coupling constants of the nuclear energy density functional is proposed, which shifts attention from ground-state bulk to single-particle properties. The latter are analyzed in terms of the bare single-particle energies and mass, shape, and spin core-polarization effects. Fit of the isoscalar spin-orbit and both isoscalar and isovector tensor coupling constants directly to the f5/2-f7/2 spin-orbit splittings in 40Ca, 56Ni, and 48Ca is proposed as a practical realization of this new programme. It is shown that this fit requires drastic changes in the isoscalar spin-orbit strength and the tensor coupling constants as compared to the commonly accepted values but it considerably and systematically improves basic single-particle properties including spin-orbit splittings and magic-gap energies. Impact of these changes on nuclear binding energies is also discussed.

  9. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of PuMGa5 compounds within the LDA + U + SO method

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    Lukoyanov, A. V.; Shorikov, A. O.; Anisimov, V. I.; Dremov, V. V.

    2012-12-01

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of PuMGa5 compounds (M = Co, Fe, Ni, Rh, Ir) have been calculated within the LDA + U + SO method taking into account the strong electron-electron correlations and the spin-orbit coupling in the 5 f shell of the actinide metal. The features of the electronic structure, coupling type, electron configuration, and magnetic state of the plutonium ion have been considered depending on the type of transition metal in PuMGa5. The estimates of the effective magnetic moment of the plutonium ion agree well with the known experimental values. It has been shown that the occupancy of d states of the transition metal correlates with the appearance of superconductivity in the compounds of this class, providing the optimum doping regime in the electronic subsystem.

  10. Current-induced torques and interfacial spin-orbit coupling

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    Haney, Paul M.

    2013-12-19

    In bilayer systems consisting of an ultrathin ferromagnetic layer adjacent to a metal with strong spin-orbit coupling, an applied in-plane current induces torques on the magnetization. The torques that arise from spin-orbit coupling are of particular interest. Here we use first-principles methods to calculate the current-induced torque in a Pt-Co bilayer to help determine the underlying mechanism. We focus exclusively on the analog to the Rashba torque, and do not consider the spin Hall effect. The details of the torque depend strongly on the layer thicknesses and the interface structure, providing an explanation for the wide variation in results found by different groups. The torque depends on the magnetization direction in a way similar to that found for a simple Rashba model. Artificially turning off the exchange spin splitting and separately the spin-orbit coupling potential in the Pt shows that the primary source of the “fieldlike” torque is a proximate spin-orbit effect on the Co layer induced by the strong spin-orbit coupling in the Pt.

  11. Elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Soderlind, P; Landa, A; Klepeis, J E; Suzuki, Y; Migliori, A

    2010-01-05

    We present elastic properties, theoretical and experimental, of Pu metal and Pu-Ga ({delta}) alloys together with ab initio equilibrium equation-of-state for these systems. For the theoretical treatment we employ density-functional theory in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation for the alloys. Pu and Pu-Ga alloys are also investigated experimentally using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from {alpha} {yields} {beta} {yields} {gamma} plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f-electron correlation (localization). For the {delta}-Pu-Ga alloys we find a softening with larger Ga content, i.e., atomic volume, bulk modulus, and elastic constants, suggest a weakened chemical bonding with addition of Ga. Our measurements confirm qualitatively the theory but uncertainties remain when comparing the model with experiments.

  12. Elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Söderlind, Per; Landa, Alex; Klepeis, J. E.; Suzuki, Y.; Migliori, A.

    2010-06-01

    We present elastic properties, theoretical and experimental, of Pu metal and Pu-Ga (δ) alloys together with ab initio equilibrium equation of state for these systems. For the theoretical treatment we employ density-functional theory in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation for the alloys. Pu and Pu-Ga alloys are also investigated experimentally using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from α→β→γ plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f -electron correlation and a corresponding softening of the elastic moduli. For the δ-Pu-Ga alloys we find a softening with larger Ga content, i.e., atomic volume, bulk modulus, and elastic constants imply a weakened chemical bonding with addition of Ga. Our measurements confirm qualitatively the theory but uncertainties remain when comparing the model with experiments.

  13. Spin-Orbit Coupling and Spin Textures in Optical Superlattices

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    Li, Junru; Shteynas, Boris; Burchesky, Sean; Top, Furkan Cagri; Su, Edward; Lee, Jeongwon; Jamison, Alan O; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    We proposed and demonstrated a new approach for realizing spin orbit coupling with ultracold atoms. We use orbital levels in a double well potential as pseudospin states. Two-photon Raman transitions between left and right wells induce spin-orbit coupling. This scheme does not require near resonant light, features adjustable interactions by shaping the double well potential, and does not depend on special properties of the atoms. A pseudospinor Bose-Einstein condensate spontaneously acquires an antiferromagnetic pseudospin texture which breaks the lattice symmetry similar to a supersolid.

  14. Spin-sensitive atom mirror via spin-orbit interaction

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    Zhou, Lu; Zheng, Ren-Fei; Zhang, Weiping

    2016-11-01

    Based on the spin-orbit coupling recently implemented in a neutral cold-atom gas, we propose a scheme to realize spin-dependent scattering of cold atoms. In particular we consider a matter wave packet of cold-atom gas impinging upon a step potential created by the optical light field, inside of which the atoms are subject to spin-orbit interaction. We show that the proposed system can act as a spin polarizer or spin-selective atom mirror for the incident atomic beam. The principle and the operating parameter regime of the system are carefully discussed.

  15. Extensive ab initio study of the electronic states of BSe radical including spin-orbit coupling

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    Liu, Siyuan; Zhai, Hongsheng; Liu, Yufang

    2016-06-01

    The internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction method (MRCI) with Davidson modification and the Douglas-Kroll scalar relativistic correction has been used to calculate the BSe molecule at the level of aug-cc-pV5Z basis set. The calculated electronic states, including 9 doublet and 6 quartet Λ-S states, are correlated to the dissociation limit of B(2Pu) + Se(3Pg) and B(2Pu) + Se(1Dg). The Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) interaction is taken into account via the state interaction approach with the full Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian operator, which causes the entire 15 Λ-S states to split into 32 Ω states. This is the first time that the spin-orbit coupling calculation has been carried out on BSe. The potential energy curves of the Λ-S and Ω electronic states are depicted with the aid of the avoided crossing rule between electronic states of the same symmetry. The spectroscopic constants of the bound Λ-S and Ω states were determined, which are in good agreement with the experimental data. The transition dipole moments (TDMs) and the Franck-Condon factors (FCs) of the transitions from the low-lying bound Ω states A2Π(I)3/2, B2Π(I)1/2 and C2Δ(I)3/2 to the ground state X2Σ+1/2 have also been presented. Based on the previous calculations, the radiative lifetimes of the A2Π(I)3/2, B2Π(I)1/2 and C2Δ(I)3/2 were evaluated.

  16. Exchange cotunneling through quantum dots with spin-orbit coupling

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    Paaske, Jens; Andersen, Andreas; Flensberg, Karsten

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the effects of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) on the exchange cotunneling through a spinful Coulomb blockaded quantum dot. In the case of zero magnetic field, Kondo effect is shown to take place via a Kramers doublet and the SOI will merely affect the Kondo temperature. In contrast, we...

  17. Spin Caloritronic Phenomena Driven by Spin-orbit Coupling

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    Chen, Y.-T.

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, we report several effects in spintronics and spin caloritronics related to relativistic spin-orbit coupling. In Chapter 2, we discuss the relativistic spin caloritronicHall effects in terms of a semiclassical theory for anomalous thermoelectric effects in ferromagnetic metals due to

  18. Spin-orbit-enhanced Wigner localization in quantum dots

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    Cavalli, Andrea; Malet, F.; Cremon, J. C.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate quantum dots with Rashba spin-orbit coupling in the strongly-correlated regime. We show that the presence of the Rashba interaction enhances the Wigner localization in these systems, making it achievable for higher densities than those at which it is observed in Rashba-free quantum...

  19. Relativistic Symmetry Suppresses Quark Spin-Orbit Splitting

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    Page, P R; Ginocchio, J N; Page, Philip R.; Goldman, Terry; Ginocchio, Joseph. N.

    2001-01-01

    Experimental data indicate small spin-orbit splittings in hadrons. Forheavy-light mesons we identify a relativistic symmetry that suppresses thesesplittings. We suggest an experimental test in electron-positron annihilation.Furthermore, we argue that the dynamics necessary for this symmetry arepossible in QCD.

  20. Exchange cotunneling through quantum dots with spin-orbit coupling

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    Paaske, Jens; Andersen, Andreas; Flensberg, Karsten

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the effects of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) on the exchange cotunneling through a spinful Coulomb blockaded quantum dot. In the case of zero magnetic field, Kondo effect is shown to take place via a Kramers doublet and the SOI will merely affect the Kondo temperature. In contrast, ...

  1. Spin-Orbit Coupling and the Conservation of Angular Momentum

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    Hnizdo, V.

    2012-01-01

    In nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, the total (i.e. orbital plus spin) angular momentum of a charged particle with spin that moves in a Coulomb plus spin-orbit-coupling potential is conserved. In a classical nonrelativistic treatment of this problem, in which the Lagrange equations determine the orbital motion and the Thomas equation yields the…

  2. Suppression of spin-orbit effects in 1D system

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    Entin, M. V.; Magarill, L. I.

    2004-01-01

    We report the absence of spin effects such as spin-galvanic effect, spin polarization and spin current under static electric field and inter-spin-subband absorption in 1D system with spin-orbit interaction of arbitrary form. It was also shown that the accounting for the direct interaction of electron spin with magnetic field violates this statement.

  3. Introduction of Spin-Orbit Interaction into Graphene with Hydrogenation

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    Nakamura, Taketomo; Haruyama, Junji; Katsumoto, Shingo

    2016-10-01

    The introduction of the spin-orbit interaction (SOI) into graphene with weak hydrogenation (˜0.1%) by the dissociation of hydrogen silsesquioxane resist has been confirmed through the appearance of the inverse spin Hall effect. The spin current was produced by spin injection from permalloy electrodes excluding a non-spin-related experimental artifact.

  4. Mercury's spin-orbit model and its physical libration

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    Rambaux, N.

    2004-12-01

    The upcoming space missions, MESSENGER and BepiColombo with onboard instrumentation capable of measuring the rotational parameters stimulate the objective to reach an accurate theory of the rotational motion of Mercury. Our work deals with the physical and dynamical causes that induce librations of Mercury in order to evaluate accurately the rotational motion of this planet. In this aim, we have extended our BJV relativistic model of solar system integration including the spin-orbit coupled motion of the Moon to the spin-orbit coupling of terrestrial planets and particularly to Mercury (the BJV model was previously built by Bois, Journet and Vokrouhlicky in accordance with the requirements of the Lunar Laser Ranging observational accuracy). The model is at present called SONYR, acronym of Spin-Orbit N-BodY Relativistic model. Using the model, we can analyze the different families of rotational librations and identify their causes such as the planetary interactions or the impact of the parameters describing the dynamical figure of Mercury. In addition, the spin-orbit motion of Mercury is characterized by two proper frequencies (15.847 and 1066 years). Mercury presents also, between its angle of precession and the ascending node of the orbit, a second synchronism of 278898 years, which can be understood as a spin-orbit secular resonance. Besides, within the SONYR model, which integrates simultaneously the orbital and rotational motion of Mercury, we have been able to improve the Hermean's mean obliquity (1.665 arcminutes) and we identify the non-linear relationship between the dynamical figure and both the obliquity and the angle of libration in longitude. These determinations provide constraints on the internal structure of Mercury.

  5. Effect of spin-orbit and on-site Coulomb interactions on the electronic structure and lattice dynamics of uranium monocarbide

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    Wdowik, U. D.; Piekarz, P.; Legut, D.; Jagło, G.

    2016-08-01

    Uranium monocarbide, a potential fuel material for the generation IV reactors, is investigated within density functional theory. Its electronic, magnetic, elastic, and phonon properties are analyzed and discussed in terms of spin-orbit interaction and localized versus itinerant behavior of the 5 f electrons. The localization of the 5 f states is tuned by varying the local Coulomb repulsion interaction parameter. We demonstrate that the theoretical electronic structure, elastic constants, phonon dispersions, and their densities of states can reproduce accurately the results of x-ray photoemission and bremsstrahlung isochromat measurements as well as inelastic neutron scattering experiments only when the 5 f states experience the spin-orbit interaction and simultaneously remain partially localized. The partial localization of the 5 f electrons could be represented by a moderate value of the on-site Coulomb interaction parameter of about 2 eV. The results of the present studies indicate that both strong electron correlations and spin-orbit effects are crucial for realistic theoretical description of the ground-state properties of uranium carbide.

  6. Unconventional Bose-Einstein Condensations from Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    ZHOU Xiang-Fa; WU Cong-Jun; Ian Mondragon-Shem

    2011-01-01

    According to the "no-node" theorem, the many-body ground state wavefunctions of conventional Bose-Einstein condensations (BEC) are positive-definite, thus time-reversal symmetry cannot be spontaneously broken. We find that multi-component bosons with spin-orbit coupling provide an unconventional type of BECs beyond this paradigm. We focus on a subtle case ofisotropic Rashba spin-orbit coupling and the spin-independent interaction. In the limit of the weak confining potential, the condensate wavefunctions are frustrated at the Hartree-Fock level due to the degeneracy of the Rashba ring. Quantum zero-point energy selects the spin-spiral type condensate through the "order-from-disorder" mechanism. In a strong harmonic confining trap, the condensate spontaneously generates a half-quantum vortex combined with the skyrmion type of spin texture. In both cases, time-reversal symmetry is spontaneously broken. These phenomena can be realized in both cold atom systems with artificial spin-orbit couplings generated from atom-laser interactions and exciton condensates in semi-conductor systems.%@@ According to the"no-node"theorem,the many-body ground state wavefunctions of conventional Bose-Einstein condensations(BEC)are positive-definite,thus time-reversal symmetry cannot be spontaneously broken.We find that multi-component bosons with spin-orbit coupling provide an unconventional type of BECs beyond this paradigm.We focus on a subtle case of isotropic Rashba spin-orbit coupling and the spin-independent interaction.In the limit of the weak confining potential,the condensate wavefunctions are frustrated at the Hartree-Fork level due to the degeneracy of the Rashba ring.Quantum zero-point energy selects the spin-spiral type condensate through the"order-from-disorder"mechanism.In a strong harmonic confining trap,the condensate spontaneously generates a half-quantum vortex combined with the skyrmion type of spin texture.In both cases,time-reversal symmetry is spontaneously broken

  7. Intraband and interband spin-orbit torques in noncentrosymmetric ferromagnets

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    Li, Hang

    2015-04-01

    Intraband and interband contributions to the current-driven spin-orbit torque in magnetic materials lacking inversion symmetry are theoretically studied using the Kubo formula. In addition to the current-driven fieldlike torque TFL=τFLm×uso (uso being a unit vector determined by the symmetry of the spin-orbit coupling), we explore the intrinsic contribution arising from impurity-independent interband transitions and producing an anti-damping-like torque of the form TDL=τDLm×(uso×m). Analytical expressions are obtained in the model case of a magnetic Rashba two-dimensional electron gas, while numerical calculations have been performed on a dilute magnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As modeled by the Kohn-Luttinger Hamiltonian exchange coupled to the Mn moments. Parametric dependencies of the different torque components and similarities to the analytical results of the Rashba two-dimensional electron gas in the weak disorder limit are described.

  8. Spin-Orbit Twisted Spin Waves: Group Velocity Control

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    Perez, F.; Baboux, F.; Ullrich, C. A.; D'Amico, I.; Vignale, G.; Karczewski, G.; Wojtowicz, T.

    2016-09-01

    We present a theoretical and experimental study of the interplay between spin-orbit coupling (SOC), Coulomb interaction, and motion of conduction electrons in a magnetized two-dimensional electron gas. Via a transformation of the many-body Hamiltonian we introduce the concept of spin-orbit twisted spin waves, whose energy dispersions and damping rates are obtained by a simple wave-vector shift of the spin waves without SOC. These theoretical predictions are validated by Raman scattering measurements. With optical gating of the density, we vary the strength of the SOC to alter the group velocity of the spin wave. The findings presented here differ from that of spin systems subject to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Our results pave the way for novel applications in spin-wave routing devices and for the realization of lenses for spin waves.

  9. Simulation of Spin-orbit Dynamics in Storage Rings

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    Ivanov, A.; Andrianov, S.; Senichev, Yu.

    2016-09-01

    In the article a mapping approach based on nonlinear matrix integration for longterm spin-orbit dynamics simulation is briefly described. Using this technique the nonlinear effects of spin dynamics in an electrostatics storage ring are investigated. Namely, the fringe fields, the energy conservation law and the random field errors are considered. The necessity of examination of such effects arises, for example, in the storage ring design for search the Electrical Dipole Moment of proton and deuteron. The EDM ring is proposed to measure EDM using the spin transformation of polarized particle in the magneto-electrostatic elements of the ring. The article consists of short description of the spin-orbit simulation results based on the nonlinear model.

  10. Optical Nanoprobing via Spin-Orbit Interaction of Light

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    Rodríguez-Herrera, Oscar G.; Lara, David; Bliokh, Konstantin Y.; Ostrovskaya, Elena A.; Dainty, Chris

    2010-06-01

    We show, both theoretically and experimentally, that high-numerical-aperture (NA) optical microscopy is accompanied by strong spin-orbit interaction of light, which translates fine information about the specimen to the polarization degrees of freedom of light. An 80 nm gold nanoparticle scattering the light in the focus of a high-NA objective generates angular momentum conversion, which is seen as a nonuniform polarization distribution at the exit pupil. We demonstrate remarkable sensitivity of the effect to the position of the nanoparticle: Its subwavelength displacement produces the giant spin-Hall effect, i.e., macroseparation of spins in the outgoing light. This brings forth a far-field optical nanoprobing technique based on the spin-orbit interaction of light.

  11. Spin-orbital quantum liquid on the honeycomb lattice

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    Corboz, Philippe

    2013-03-01

    The symmetric Kugel-Khomskii can be seen as a minimal model describing the interactions between spin and orbital degrees of freedom in transition-metal oxides with orbital degeneracy, and it is equivalent to the SU(4) Heisenberg model of four-color fermionic atoms. We present simulation results for this model on various two-dimensional lattices obtained with infinite projected-entangled pair states (iPEPS), an efficient variational tensor-network ansatz for two dimensional wave functions in the thermodynamic limit. This approach can be seen as a two-dimensional generalization of matrix product states - the underlying ansatz of the density matrix renormalization group method. We find a rich variety of exotic phases: while on the square and checkerboard lattices the ground state exhibits dimer-Néel order and plaquette order, respectively, quantum fluctuations on the honeycomb lattice destroy any order, giving rise to a spin-orbital liquid. Our results are supported from flavor-wave theory and exact diagonalization. Furthermore, the properties of the spin-orbital liquid state on the honeycomb lattice are accurately accounted for by a projected variational wave-function based on the pi-flux state of fermions on the honeycomb lattice at 1/4-filling. In that state, correlations are algebraic because of the presence of a Dirac point at the Fermi level, suggesting that the ground state is an algebraic spin-orbital liquid. This model provides a good starting point to understand the recently discovered spin-orbital liquid behavior of Ba3CuSb2O9. The present results also suggest to choose optical lattices with honeycomb geometry in the search for quantum liquids in ultra-cold four-color fermionic atoms. We acknowledge the financial support from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

  12. Anisotropic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect by Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Espedal, Camilla; Yokoyama, Takehito; Linder, Jacob

    2016-03-01

    Conventional s -wave superconductors repel an external magnetic field. However, a recent experiment [A. Di Bernardo et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041021 (2015)] has tailored the electromagnetic response of superconducting correlations via adjacent magnetic materials. We consider another route of altering the Meissner effect where spin-orbit interactions induce an anisotropic Meissner response that changes sign depending on the field orientation. The tunable electromagnetic response opens new paths in the utilization of hybrid systems comprising magnets and superconductors.

  13. Spin-orbit coupling for tidally evolving super-Earths

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    Rodríguez, Adrián; Michtchenko, Tatiana A; Hussmann, Hauke

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the spin behavior of close-in rocky planets and the implications for their orbital evolution. Considering that the planet rotation evolves under simultaneous actions of the torque due to the equatorial deformation and the tidal torque, both raised by the central star, we analyze the possibility of temporary captures in spin-orbit resonances. The results of the numerical simulations of the exact equations of motions indicate that, whenever the planet rotation is trapped in a resonant motion, the orbital decay and the eccentricity damping are faster than the ones in which the rotation follows the so-called pseudo-synchronization. Analytical results obtained through the averaged equations of the spin-orbit problem show a good agreement with the numerical simulations. We apply the analysis to the cases of the recently discovered hot super-Earths Kepler-10 b, GJ 3634 b and 55 Cnc e. The simulated dynamical history of these systems indicates the possibility of capture in several spin-orbit resonances...

  14. Spin-orbit coupling in a hexagonal ring of pendula

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    Salerno, Grazia; Ozawa, Tomoki; Price, Hannah M; Taxis, Ludovic; Pugno, Nicola M; Carusotto, Iacopo

    2016-01-01

    We consider the mechanical motion of a system of six macroscopic pendula which are connected with springs and arranged in a hexagonal geometry. When the springs are pre-tensioned, the coupling between neighbouring pendula along the longitudinal (L) and the transverse (T) directions are different: identifying the motion along the L and T directions as a spin-like degree of freedom, we theoretically and experimentally verify that the pre-tensioned springs result in a tunable spin-orbit coupling. We elucidate the structure of such a spin-orbit coupling in the extended two-dimensional honeycomb lattice, making connections to physics of graphene. The experimental frequencies and the oscillation patterns of the eigenmodes for the hexagonal ring of pendula are extracted from a spectral analysis of the motion of the pendula in response to an external excitation and are found to be in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. We anticipate that extending this classical analogue of quantum mechanical spin-orbit ...

  15. Inertial effect on spin-orbit coupling and spin transport

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    Basu, B.; Chowdhury, Debashree

    2013-08-01

    We theoretically study the renormalization of inertial effects on the spin dependent transport of conduction electrons in a semiconductor by taking into account the interband mixing on the basis of k→ṡp→ perturbation theory. In our analysis, for the generation of spin current we have used the extended Drude model where the spin-orbit coupling plays an important role. We predict enhancement of the spin current resulting from the renormalized spin-orbit coupling effective in our model in cubic and non-cubic crystals. Attention has been paid to clarify the importance of gauge fields in the spin transport of this inertial system. A theoretical proposition of a perfect spin filter has been done through the Aharonov-Casher like phase corresponding to this inertial system. For a time dependent acceleration, effect of k→ ṡp→ perturbation on the spin current and spin polarization has also been addressed. Furthermore, achievement of a tunable source of polarized spin current through the non uniformity of the inertial spin-orbit coupling strength has also been discussed.

  16. DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL STUDY OF Zr-BASED ACTINIDE ALLOYS: 2. U-Pu-Zr SYSTEM

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    Landa, A; Soderlind, P; Turchi, P; Vitos, L; Ruban, A

    2009-02-09

    Density-functional theory, previously used to describe phase equilibria in the U-Zr alloys [1], is applied to study ground state properties of the bcc U-Pu-Zr solid solutions. Calculated heats of formation of the Pu-U and Pu-Zr alloys are in a good agreement with CALPHAD assessments. We found that account for spin-orbit coupling is important for successful description of Pu-containing alloys.

  17. Extensive spin-orbit multi-reference computations on the excited states of the phosphorus monochloride molecule

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    Zhang, Xiaomei; Yan, Peiyuan; Li, Rui; Gai, Zhiqiang; Liang, Guiying; Xu, Haifeng; Yan, Bing

    2016-09-01

    Total 34 Λ-S states of the PCl molecule have been studied by using the multi-reference configuration interaction plus the Davidson correction (MRCI+Q) method with the correlation consistent quadruple-zeta quality basis set. These states are correlated to three dissociation limits P(4Su)+Cl(2Pu), P(2Du)+Cl(2Pu), and P(2Pu)+Cl(2Pu), respectively. The potential energy curves (PECs) of the Λ-S states have been calculated, from which the spectroscopic constants of the bound states are determined. The calculated spectroscopic results well reproduce the available measurements. The spin-orbit matrix elements between the Λ-S states have been calculated, which indicate that the perturbations exist in the interacting system 11Π-23Π and 11Π-23Σ-. And the excited a1Δ, b1Σ+, 21Σ+ states could be predissociated induced by the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect. The SOC calculation on the PCl molecule has been performed with the state interaction method. This is the first time that the SOC effect of the PCl has been studied theoretically. The SOC effect leads to the 34 Λ-S states split into the 74 Ω states. The ground state X3Σ- splits into the X3 Σ0-+ (X10+) and X3Σ1- (X21) states. For the zero-field splitting of the X3Σ- state, the spin-orbit contribution of 6 cm-1 is much larger than spin-spin contribution of 0.32 cm-1. Under the influence of the SOC effect, the spectroscopic results of the a1Δ and b1Σ+ states have very small changes, but the dissociation energies strongly decrease. The transition properties of PCl are also predicted, including the E1, M1, and E2 transition moments, the Franck-Condon factors, the transition probabilities, and the radiative lifetimes. For the transitions from a1Δ-X3Σ- and b1Σ+-X3Σ-, the transition probabilities are in order of AE1 > AM1 ≫ AE2. The lifetimes for the b1Σ+(v'=0) state are 4.87ms (E1) and 4.57 ms (E1+M1), in good agreement with the available experimental result of 4.9±0.8 ms.

  18. Electron-phonon coupling of light-actinides. Effect of spin-orbit coupling

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    Gonzalez-Castelazo, Paola; Pena-Seaman, Omar de la [Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP), Institute of Physics (IFUAP) (Mexico); Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT), Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik (IFP) (Germany)

    2014-07-01

    The physics of actinide metals is quite complex and rich due to the behavior of 5f electrons in the valence region: it goes from itinerant on the early stages of the actinide series to highly localized for the elements with a higher number of 5f electrons involved. In addition, in this systems should be mandatory the inclusion of spin-orbit coupling (SOC). However, only in few cases on electronic and lattice dynamical properties the SOC has been taking into account, while for the electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling such analysis has not been performed so far. Thus, as a first approach we have systematically studied the SOC influence on the full-phonon dispersion and the e-ph coupling for the simplest light-actinide metals: Ac and Th. These elements have been studied within the framework of density functional perturbation theory, using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method. The full-phonon dispersion as well as the Eliashberg spectral function and the electron-phonon coupling parameter have been calculated with and without SOC. The observed effects of SOC in the full-phonon dispersion and Eliashberg function are discussed in detail, together with an analysis of the differences on the electronic properties due to the SOC inclusion in the calculations.

  19. Spin Orbit Interaction Engineering for beyond Spin Transfer Torque memory

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    Wang, Kang L.

    Spin transfer torque memory uses electron current to transfer the spin torque of electrons to switch a magnetic free layer. This talk will address an alternative approach to energy efficient non-volatile spintronics through engineering of spin orbit interaction (SOC) and the use of spin orbit torque (SOT) by the use of electric field to improve further the energy efficiency of switching. I will first discuss the engineering of interface SOC, which results in the electric field control of magnetic moment or magneto-electric (ME) effect. Magnetic memory bits based on this ME effect, referred to as magnetoelectric RAM (MeRAM), is shown to have orders of magnitude lower energy dissipation compared with spin transfer torque memory (STTRAM). Likewise, interests in spin Hall as a result of SOC have led to many advances. Recent demonstrations of magnetization switching induced by in-plane current in heavy metal/ferromagnetic heterostructures have been shown to arise from the large SOC. The large SOC is also shown to give rise to the large SOT. Due to the presence of an intrinsic extraordinarily strong SOC and spin-momentum lock, topological insulators (TIs) are expected to be promising candidates for exploring spin-orbit torque (SOT)-related physics. In particular, we will show the magnetization switching in a chromium-doped magnetic TI bilayer heterostructure by charge current. A giant SOT of more than three orders of magnitude larger than those reported in heavy metals is also obtained. This large SOT is shown to come from the spin-momentum locked surface states of TI, which may further lead to innovative low power applications. I will also describe other related physics of SOC at the interface of anti-ferromagnetism/ferromagnetic structure and show the control exchange bias by electric field for high speed memory switching. The work was in part supported by ERFC-SHINES, NSF, ARO, TANMS, and FAME.

  20. Raman-induced Spin-Orbit Coupling in Optical Superlattices

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    Li, Junru; Huang, Wujie; Shteynas, Boris; Burchesky, Sean; Top, Furkan; Jamison, Alan; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a new scheme for spin-orbit coupling (SOC) of ultracold atoms. Instead of internal (hyperfine) states, two lowest bands in an optical superlattice were used as pseudospins. A Raman process was implemented to provide coupling between pseudospin and momentum. With single internal state and far-detuned beams used, our new scheme will allow convenient generalisation to a wide range of atoms. Pseudospin interaction is tuneable by controlling the superlattice, allowing us to study many-body phenomena in SOC systems such as the stripe phase.

  1. Superconducting fluctuations in systems with Rashba-spin-orbit coupling

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    Beyl, Stefan [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany); Orth, Peter P.; Scheurer, Mathias; Schmalian, Joerg [Institut fuer Theorie der Kondensierten Materie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the BEC-BCS crossover in a two-dimensional system with Rashba-spin-orbit coupling. To include the effects of phase and amplitude fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter we perform a loop expansion of the effective field theory. We analyze in particular the probability of a low density superconducting quantum phase transition. The theory is relevant to LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces and two-dimensional cold atom systems with synthetic gauge fields.

  2. Spin-orbit hybrid entanglement of photons and quantum contextuality

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    Karimi, Ebrahim; Slussarenko, Sergei; Piccirillo, Bruno; Marrucci, Lorenzo; Chen, Lixiang; She, Weilong; Franke-Arnold, Sonja; Padgett, Miles J; Santamato, Enrico; 10.1103/PhysRevA.82.022115

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate electromagnetic quantum states of single photons and of correlated photon pairs exhibiting "hybrid" entanglement between spin and orbital angular momentum. These states are obtained from entangled photon pairs emitted by spontaneous parametric down conversion, by employing a $q$-plate for coupling the spin and orbital degrees of freedom of a photon. Entanglement and contextual quantum behavior (that is also non-local, in the case of photon pairs) is demonstrated by the reported violation of the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality. In addition a classical analog of the hybrid spin-orbit photonic entanglement is reported and discussed.

  3. Spin-orbit coupling a recursion method approach

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    Huda, A U; Mookerjee, A; Paudyal, D

    2003-01-01

    Relativistic effects play a significant role in alloys of the heavier elements. The majority of earlier works on alloys had included the scalar relativistic corrections. We present here a methodology to take into account the spin-orbit coupling using the recursion method. The basis used for the representation of the Hamiltonian is the TB-LMTO, since its sparseness is an essential requirement for recursion. The recursion technique can then be extended to augmented space to deal with disordered alloys or rough surfaces.

  4. Spin-Orbital Superstructure in Strained Ferrimagnetic Perovskite Cobalt Oxide

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    Fujioka, J.; Yamasaki, Y.; Nakao, H.; Kumai, R.; Murakami, Y.; Nakamura, M.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2013-07-01

    We have investigated the Co-3d spin-orbital state in a thin film of perovskite LaCoO3 to clarify the origin of strain induced spontaneous magnetization (TC=94K) by means of x-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy, and magnetization measurements. A lattice distortion with the propagation vector (1/4 -​​1/4 1/4) and an anomalous activation of optical phonons coupled to Co-3d orbital are observed below 126 K. Combined with the azimuthal angle analysis of superlattice reflection, we propose that the ordering of Co-3d orbital promoted by an epitaxial strain produces a unique ferrimagnetic structure.

  5. Cavity optomagnonics with spin-orbit coupled photons

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    Osada, A; Noguchi, A; Tabuchi, Y; Yamazaki, R; Usami, K; Sadgrove, M; Yalla, R; Nomura, M; Nakamura, Y

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally implement a system of cavity optomagnonics, where a sphere of ferromagnetic material supports whispering gallery modes (WGMs) for photons and the magnetostatic mode for magnons. We observe pronounced nonreciprocity and asymmetry in the sideband signals generated by the magnon-induced Brillouin scattering of light. The spin-orbit coupled nature of the WGM photons, their geometric birefringence and the time-reversal symmetry breaking in the magnon dynamics impose the angular-momentum selection rules in the scattering process and account for the observed phenomena. The unique features of the system may find interesting applications at the crossroad between quantum optics and spintronics.

  6. Spin Hall and spin Nernst effects in graphene with intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Zhu Guo-Bao

    2012-01-01

    The spin Hall and spin Nernst effects in graphene are studied based on Green's function formalism.We calculate intrinsic contributions to spin Hall and spin Nernst conductivities in the Kane-Mele model with various structures.When both intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions are present,their interplay leads to some characteristics of the dependence of spin Hall and spin Nernst conductivities on the Fermi level.When the Rashba spin-orbit interaction is smaller than intrinsic spin-orbit coupling,a weak kink in the conductance appears.The kink disappears and a divergence appears when the Rashba spin-orbit interaction enhances.When the Rashba spin-orbit interaction approaches and is stronger than intrinsic spin-orbit coupling,the divergence becomes more obvious.

  7. Spin-inversion in nanoscale graphene sheets with a Rashba spin-orbit barrier

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    Somaieh Ahmadi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Spin-inversion properties of an electron in nanoscale graphene sheets with a Rashba spin-orbit barrier is studied using transfer matrix method. It is found that for proper values of Rashba spin-orbit strength, perfect spin-inversion can occur in a wide range of electron incident angle near the normal incident. In this case, the graphene sheet with Rashba spin-orbit barrier can be considered as an electron spin-inverter. The efficiency of spin-inverter can increase up to a very high value by increasing the length of Rashba spin-orbit barrier. The effect of intrinsic spin-orbit interaction on electron spin inversion is then studied. It is shown that the efficiency of spin-inverter decreases slightly in the presence of intrinsic spin-orbit interaction. The present study can be used to design graphene-based spintronic devices.

  8. Spin Chern number and topological phase transition on the Lieb lattice with spin-orbit coupling

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    Chen, Rui; Zhou, Bin

    2017-03-01

    We propose that quantum anomalous Hall effect may occur in the Lieb lattice, when Rashba spin-orbit coupling, spin-independent and spin-dependent staggered potentials are introduced into the lattice. It is found that spin Chern numbers of two degenerate flat bands change from 0 to ±2 due to Rashba spin-orbit coupling effect. The inclusion of Rashba spin-orbit coupling and two kinds of staggered potentials opens a gap between the two flat bands. The topological property of the gap is determined by the amplitudes of Rashba spin-orbit coupling and staggered potentials, and thus the topological phase transition from quantum anomalous Hall effect to normal insulator can occur. Finally, the topological phase transition from quantum spin Hall state to normal insulator is discussed when Rashba spin-orbit coupling and intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coexist in the Lieb lattice.

  9. Magnonic Charge Pumping via Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Ciccarelli, Chiara; Hals, Kjetil; Irvine, Andrew; Novak, Vit; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Kurebayashi, Hidekazu; Brataas, Arne; Ferguson, Andrew

    2015-03-01

    The interplay between spin, charge and orbital degrees of freedom has led to the development of spintronic devices such as spin-torque oscillators and spin-transfer torque MRAM. In this development, spin pumping represents a convenient way to electrically detect magnetization dynamics. The effect originates from direct conversion of low-energy quantized spin waves in the magnet, known as magnons, into a flow of spins from the precessing magnet to adjacent leads. In this case, a secondary spin-charge conversion element, such as heavy metals with large spin Hall angle or multilayer layouts, is required to convert the spin current into a charge signal. Here, we report the observation of charge pumping in which a precessing ferromagnet pumps a charge current, demonstrating direct conversion of magnons into high-frequency currents via spin-orbit interaction. The generated electric current, unlike spin currents generated by spin-pumping, can be directly detected without the need of any additional spin-charge conversion mechanism. The charge-pumping phenomenon is generic and gives a deeper understanding of its reciprocal effect, the spin orbit torque, which is currently attracting interest for their potential in manipulating magnetic information.

  10. Are Tidal Effects Responsible for Exoplanetary Spin-Orbit Alignment?

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    Li, Gongjie

    2015-01-01

    The obliquities of planet-hosting stars are clues about the formation of planetary systems. Previous observations led to the hypothesis that for close-in giant planets, spin-orbit alignment is enforced by tidal interactions. Here, we examine two problems with this hypothesis. First, Mazeh and coworkers recently used a new technique -- based on the amplitude of starspot-induced photometric variability -- to conclude that spin-orbit alignment is common even for relatively long-period planets, which would not be expected if tides were responsible. We re-examine the data and find a statistically significant correlation between photometric variability and planetary orbital period that is qualitatively consistent with tidal interactions. However it is still difficult to explain quantitatively, as it would require tides to be effective for periods as long as tens of days. Second, Rogers and Lin argued against a particular theory for tidal re-alignment by showing that initially retrograde systems would fail to be re-...

  11. Spin transport at interfaces with spin-orbit coupling: Formalism

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    Amin, V. P.; Stiles, M. D.

    2016-09-01

    We generalize magnetoelectronic circuit theory to account for spin transfer to and from the atomic lattice via interfacial spin-orbit coupling. This enables a proper treatment of spin transport at interfaces between a ferromagnet and a heavy-metal nonmagnet. This generalized approach describes spin transport in terms of drops in spin and charge accumulations across the interface (as in the standard approach), but additionally includes the responses from in-plane electric fields and offsets in spin accumulations. A key finding is that in-plane electric fields give rise to spin accumulations and spin currents that can be polarized in any direction, generalizing the Rashba-Edelstein and spin Hall effects. The spin accumulations exert torques on the magnetization at the interface when they are misaligned from the magnetization. The additional out-of-plane spin currents exert torques via the spin-transfer mechanism on the ferromagnetic layer. To account for these phenomena we also describe spin torques within the generalized circuit theory. The additional effects included in this generalized circuit theory suggest modifications in the interpretations of experiments involving spin-orbit torques, spin pumping, spin memory loss, the Rashba-Edelstein effect, and the spin Hall magnetoresistance.

  12. Model spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonians for graphene systems

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    Kochan, Denis; Irmer, Susanne; Fabian, Jaroslav

    2017-04-01

    We present a detailed theoretical study of effective spin-orbit coupling (SOC) Hamiltonians for graphene-based systems, covering global effects such as proximity to substrates and local SOC effects resulting, for example, from dilute adsorbate functionalization. Our approach combines group theory and tight-binding descriptions. We consider structures with global point group symmetries D6 h, D3 d, D3 h, C6 v, and C3 v that represent, for example, pristine graphene, graphene miniripple, planar boron nitride, graphene on a substrate, and free standing graphone, respectively. The presence of certain spin-orbit coupling parameters is correlated with the absence of the specific point group symmetries. Especially in the case of C6 v—graphene on a substrate, or transverse electric field—we point out the presence of a third SOC parameter, besides the conventional intrinsic and Rashba contributions, thus far neglected in literature. For all global structures we provide effective SOC Hamiltonians both in the local atomic and Bloch forms. Dilute adsorbate coverage results in the local point group symmetries C6 v, C3 v, and C2 v, which represent the stable adsorption at hollow, top and bridge positions, respectively. For each configuration we provide effective SOC Hamiltonians in the atomic orbital basis that respect local symmetries. In addition to giving specific analytic expressions for model SOC Hamiltonians, we also present general (no-go) arguments about the absence of certain SOC terms.

  13. Controlling electron quantum dot qubits by spin-orbit interactions

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    Stano, P.

    2007-01-15

    Single electron confined in a quantum dot is studied. A special emphasis is laid on the spin properties and the influence of spin-orbit interactions on the system. The study is motivated by a perspective exploitation of the spin of the confined electron as a qubit, a basic building block of in a foreseen quantum computer. The electron is described using the single band effective mass approximation, with parameters typical for a lateral electrostatically defined quantum dot in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. The stemming data for the analysis are obtained by numerical methods of exact diagonalization, however, all important conclusions are explained analytically. The work focuses on three main areas -- electron spectrum, phonon induced relaxation and electrically and magnetically induced Rabi oscillations. It is shown, how spin-orbit interactions influence the energy spectrum, cause finite spin relaxation and allow for all-electrical manipulation of the spin qubit. Among the main results is the discovery of easy passages, where the spin relaxation is unusually slow and the qubit is protected against parasitic electrical fields connected with manipulation by resonant electromagnetic fields. The results provide direct guide for manufacturing quantum dots with much improved properties, suitable for realizing single electron spin qubits. (orig.)

  14. Spin-Orbit Splitting in Semiconductor Quantum Dots with a Two-Dimensional Ring Model

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    FENG Jun-Sheng; LIU Zheng

    2009-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of the energy levels with two-dimensional ring confining potential in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction.The features of some low-lying states in various strengths of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction are investigated.The Rashba spin-orbit splitting can also be influenced by the width of the potential barrier.The computed results show that the spin-polarized electronic states can be more easily achieved in a weakly confined dot when the confinement strength for the Rashba spin-orbit interaction is larger than a critical value.

  15. Engineering spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Huang, Kuo-Feng; Wang, Ding-Shuo; Lai, Chih-Huang, E-mail: chlai@mx.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Lin, Hsiu-Hau [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)

    2015-12-07

    To address thermal stability issues for spintronic devices with a reduced size, we investigate spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Note that the spin-orbit torque arises from the global imbalance of the spin currents from the top and bottom interfaces for each Co layer. By inserting Ta or Cu layers to strengthen the top-down asymmetry, the spin-orbit torque efficiency can be greatly modified without compromised perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Above all, the efficiency builds up as the number of layers increases, realizing robust thermal stability and high spin-orbit-torque efficiency simultaneously in the multilayers structure.

  16. Engineering spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Huang, Kuo-Feng; Wang, Ding-Shuo; Lin, Hsiu-Hau; Lai, Chih-Huang

    2015-12-01

    To address thermal stability issues for spintronic devices with a reduced size, we investigate spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Note that the spin-orbit torque arises from the global imbalance of the spin currents from the top and bottom interfaces for each Co layer. By inserting Ta or Cu layers to strengthen the top-down asymmetry, the spin-orbit torque efficiency can be greatly modified without compromised perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Above all, the efficiency builds up as the number of layers increases, realizing robust thermal stability and high spin-orbit-torque efficiency simultaneously in the multilayers structure.

  17. Stellar Spin-Orbit Misalignment in a Multiplanet System

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    Huber, Daniel; Barbieri, Mauro; Miglio, Andrea; Deck, Katherine M; Fabrycky, Daniel C; Montet, Benjamin T; Buchhave, Lars A; Chaplin, William J; Hekker, Saskia; Montalbán, Josefina; Sanchis-Ojeda, Roberto; Basu, Sarbani; Bedding, Timothy R; Campante, Tiago L; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J\\orgen; Elsworth, Yvonne P; Stello, Dennis; Arentoft, Torben; Ford, Eric B; Gilliland, Ronald L; Handberg, Rasmus; Howard, Andrew W; Isaacson, Howard; Johnson, John Asher; Karoff, Christoffer; Kawaler, Steven D; Kjeldsen, Hans; Latham, David W; Lund, Mikkel N; Lundkvist, Mia; Marcy, Geoffrey W; Metcalfe, Travis S; Winn, Joshua N

    2013-01-01

    Stars hosting hot Jupiters are often observed to have high obliquities, whereas stars with multiple co-planar planets have been seen to have low obliquities. This has been interpreted as evidence that hot-Jupiter formation is linked to dynamical disruption, as opposed to planet migration through a protoplanetary disk. We used asteroseismology to measure a large obliquity for Kepler-56, a red giant star hosting two transiting co-planar planets. These observations show that spin-orbit misalignments are not confined to hot-Jupiter systems. Misalignments in a broader class of systems had been predicted as a consequence of torques from wide-orbiting companions, and indeed radial-velocity measurements revealed a third companion in a wide orbit in the Kepler-56 system.

  18. Electromagnetic confinement via spin-orbit interaction in anisotropic dielectrics

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    Alberucci, Alessandro; Marrucci, Lorenzo; Assanto, Gaetano

    2016-01-01

    We investigate electromagnetic propagation in uniaxial dielectrics with a transversely varying orientation of the optic axis, the latter staying orthogonal everywhere to the propagation direction. In such a geometry, the field experiences no refractive index gradients, yet it acquires a transversely-modulated Pancharatnam-Berry phase, that is, a geometric phase originating from a spin-orbit interaction. We show that the periodic modulation of the geometric phase in propagation generates a longitudinally-invariant effective potential. Going beyond the recent report on periodically modulated systems [Nat. Photon. 10.1038/NPHOTON.2016.138 (2016)], we show that, in certain configurations, this geometric phase can provide transverse confinement and waveguiding. The theoretical findings are tested and validated against numerical simulations of the complete Maxwell's equations. Our results introduce and illustrate the role of geometric phases on electromagnetic propagation over distances well exceeding the diffracti...

  19. Spin-orbit coupled fermions in an optical lattice clock

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    Kolkowitz, S; Bothwell, T; Wall, M L; Marti, G E; Koller, A P; Zhang, X; Rey, A M; Ye, J

    2016-01-01

    Engineered spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in cold atom systems can aid in the study of novel synthetic materials and complex condensed matter phenomena. Despite great advances, alkali atom SOC systems are hindered by heating from spontaneous emission, which limits the observation of many-body effects. Here we demonstrate the use of optical lattice clocks (OLCs) to engineer and study SOC with metrological precision and negligible heating. We show that clock spectroscopy of the ultra-narrow transition in fermionic 87Sr represents a momentum- and spin-resolved in situ probe of the SOC band structure and eigenstates, providing direct access to the SOC dynamics and control over lattice band populations, internal electronic states, and quasimomenta. We utilize these capabilities to study Bloch oscillations, spin-momentum locking, and van Hove singularities in the transition density of states. Our results lay the groundwork for the use of OLCs to probe novel SOC phases including magnetic crystals, helical liquids, and to...

  20. Hierarchical spin-orbital polarization of a giant Rashba system.

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    Bawden, Lewis; Riley, Jonathan M; Kim, Choong H; Sankar, Raman; Monkman, Eric J; Shai, Daniel E; Wei, Haofei I; Lochocki, Edward B; Wells, Justin W; Meevasana, Worawat; Kim, Timur K; Hoesch, Moritz; Ohtsubo, Yoshiyuki; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Fennie, Craig J; Shen, Kyle M; Chou, Fangcheng; King, Phil D C

    2015-09-01

    The Rashba effect is one of the most striking manifestations of spin-orbit coupling in solids and provides a cornerstone for the burgeoning field of semiconductor spintronics. It is typically assumed to manifest as a momentum-dependent splitting of a single initially spin-degenerate band into two branches with opposite spin polarization. Combining polarization-dependent and resonant angle-resolved photoemission measurements with density functional theory calculations, we show that the two "spin-split" branches of the model giant Rashba system BiTeI additionally develop disparate orbital textures, each of which is coupled to a distinct spin configuration. This necessitates a reinterpretation of spin splitting in Rashba-like systems and opens new possibilities for controlling spin polarization through the orbital sector.

  1. Superfluid density of a spin-orbit-coupled Bose gas

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    Zhang, Yi-Cai; Yu, Zeng-Qiang; Ng, Tai Kai; Zhang, Shizhong; Pitaevskii, Lev; Stringari, Sandro

    2016-09-01

    We discuss the superfluid properties of a uniform, weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensed gas with spin-orbit coupling, realized recently in experiments. We find a finite normal fluid density ρn at zero temperature which turns out to be a function of the Raman coupling. In particular, the entire fluid becomes normal at the transition point from the zero momentum to the plane wave phase, even though the condensate fraction remains finite. We emphasize the crucial role played by the breaking of Galilean invariance and by the gapped branch of the elementary excitations whose contribution to various sum rules is discussed explicitly. Our predictions for the superfluid density are successfully compared with the available experimental results based on the measurement of the sound velocities.

  2. Spin-orbit torque induced spike-timing dependent plasticity

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    Sengupta, Abhronil, E-mail: asengup@purdue.edu; Al Azim, Zubair; Fong, Xuanyao; Roy, Kaushik [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2015-03-02

    Nanoelectronic devices that mimic the functionality of synapses are a crucial requirement for performing cortical simulations of the brain. In this work, we propose a ferromagnet-heavy metal heterostructure that employs spin-orbit torque to implement spike-timing dependent plasticity. The proposed device offers the advantage of decoupled spike transmission and programming current paths, thereby leading to reliable operation during online learning. Possible arrangement of such devices in a crosspoint architecture can pave the way for ultra-dense neural networks. Simulation studies indicate that the device has the potential of achieving pico-Joule level energy consumption (maximum 2 pJ per synaptic event) which is comparable to the energy consumption for synaptic events in biological synapses.

  3. Quantum transport in Rashba spin-orbit materials: a review.

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    Bercioux, Dario; Lucignano, Procolo

    2015-10-01

    In this review article we describe spin-dependent transport in materials with spin-orbit interaction of Rashba type. We mainly focus on semiconductor heterostructures, however we consider topological insulators, graphene and hybrid structures involving superconductors as well. We start from the Rashba Hamiltonian in a two dimensional electron gas and then describe transport properties of two- and quasi-one-dimensional systems. The problem of spin current generation and interference effects in mesoscopic devices is described in detail. We address also the role of Rashba interaction on localisation effects in lattices with nontrivial topology, as well as on the Ahronov-Casher effect in ring structures. A brief section, in the end, describes also some related topics including the spin-Hall effect, the transition from weak localisation to weak anti localisation and the physics of Majorana fermions in hybrid heterostructures involving Rashba materials in the presence of superconductivity.

  4. Interplay of spin-orbit and entropic effects in cerium

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    Lanata, Nicola [Rutgers University; Yao, Yong-Xin [Ames Laboratory; Wang, Cai-Zhuang [Ames Laboratory; Ho, Kai-Ming [Ames Laboratory; Kotliar, Gabriel [Rutgers University

    2014-10-01

    We perform first-principles calculations of elemental cerium and compute its pressure-temperature phase diagram, finding good quantitative agreement with the experiments. Our calculations indicate that, while a signature of the volume-collapse transition appears in the free energy already at low temperatures, at higher temperatures this signature is enhanced because of the entropic effects, and originates an actual thermodynamical instability. Furthermore, we find that the catalyst determining this feature is—in all temperature regimes—a pressure-induced effective reduction of the f-level degeneracy due to the spin-orbit coupling. Our analysis suggests also that the lattice vibrations might be crucial in order to capture the behavior of the pressure-temperature transition line at large temperatures.

  5. Semiclassical spin transport in spin-orbit-coupled bands.

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    Culcer, Dimitrie; Sinova, Jairo; Sinitsyn, N A; Jungwirth, T; MacDonald, A H; Niu, Q

    2004-07-23

    Motivated by recent interest in novel spintronics effects, we develop a semiclassical theory of spin transport that is valid for spin-orbit coupled bands. Aside from the obvious convective term in which the average spin is transported at the wave packet group velocity, the spin current has additional contributions from the wave packet's spin and torque dipole moments. Electric field corrections to the group velocity and carrier spin contribute to the convective term. Summing all terms we obtain an expression for the intrinsic spin-Hall conductivity of a hole-doped semiconductor, which agrees with the Kubo formula prediction for the same quantity. We discuss the calculation of spin accumulation, which illustrates the importance of the torque dipole near the boundary of the system.

  6. Nonlinear localized flatband modes with spin-orbit coupling

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    Gligorić, G; Hadžievski, Lj; Flach, S; Malomed, B

    2016-01-01

    We report the coexistence and properties of stable compact localized states (CLSs) and discrete solitons (DSs) for nonlinear spinor waves on a flatband network with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The system can be implemented by means of a binary Bose-Einstein condensate loaded in the corresponding optical lattice. In the linear limit, the SOC opens a minigap between flat and dispersive bands in the system's bandgap structure, and preserves the existence of CLSs at the flatband frequency, simultaneously lowering their symmetry. Adding onsite cubic nonlinearity, the CLSs persist and remain available in an exact analytical form, with frequencies which are smoothly tuned into the minigap. Inside of the minigap, the CLS and DS families are stable in narrow areas adjacent to the FB. Deep inside the semi-infinite gap, both the CLSs and DSs are stable too.

  7. Spin-orbit controlled capacitance of a polar heterostructure

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    Steffen, Kevin; Kopp, Thilo [Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, EP VI, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, 86135 Augsburg (Germany); Loder, Florian [Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, EP VI and TP III, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, 86135 Augsburg (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Oxide heterostructures with polar films display special electronic properties, such as the electronic reconstruction at their internal interfaces with the formation of two-dimensional metallic states. Moreover, the electrical field from the polar layers is inversion-symmetry breaking and may generate a strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC) in the interfacial electronic system. We investigate the capacitance of a heterostructure in which a strong RSOC at a metallic interface is controlled by the electric field of a surface electrode. Such a structure is for example given by a LaAlO{sub 3} film on a SrTiO{sub 3} substrate which is gated by a top electrode. We find that due to a strong RSOC the capacitance can be larger than the classical geometric value.

  8. Synthetic Spin-Orbit Coupling in an Optical Lattice Clock

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    Wall, Michael L.; Koller, Andrew P.; Li, Shuming; Zhang, Xibo; Cooper, Nigel R.; Ye, Jun; Rey, Ana Maria

    2016-01-01

    We propose the use of optical lattice clocks operated with fermionic alkaline-earth atoms to study spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in interacting many-body systems. The SOC emerges naturally during the clock interrogation, when atoms are allowed to tunnel and accumulate a phase set by the ratio of the "magic" lattice wavelength to the clock transition wavelength. We demonstrate how standard protocols such as Rabi and Ramsey spectroscopy that take advantage of the sub-Hertz resolution of state-of-the-art clock lasers can perform momentum-resolved band tomography and determine SOC-induced s -wave collisions in nuclear-spin-polarized fermions. With the use of a second counterpropagating clock beam, we propose a method for engineering controlled atomic transport and study how it is modified by p - and s -wave interactions. The proposed spectroscopic probes provide clean and well-resolved signatures at current clock operating temperatures.

  9. Spin-Orbit Torques in Co/Pd Multilayer Nanowires

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    Jamali, Mahdi

    2013-12-09

    Current induced spin-orbit torques have been studied in ferromagnetic nanowires made of 20 nm thick Co/Pd multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Using Hall voltage and lock-in measurements, it is found that upon injection of an electric current both in-plane (Slonczewski-like) and perpendicular (fieldlike) torques build up in the nanowire. The torque efficiencies are found to be as large as 1.17 and 5 kOe at 108  A/cm2 for the in-plane and perpendicular components, respectively, which is surprisingly comparable to previous studies in ultrathin (∼1  nm) magnetic bilayers. We show that this result cannot be explained solely by spin Hall effect induced torque at the outer interfaces, indicating a probable contribution of the bulk of the Co/Pd multilayer.

  10. Spin-orbit splittings in heavy-light mesons and Dirac equation

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    Riazuddin, [Quaid-i-Azam University Campus, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad (Pakistan); Shafiq, Sidra [National University of Science and Technology, Centre for Advance Mathematics and Physics, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2012-03-15

    The spin-orbit splitting in heavy-light mesons is seen to be suppressed experimentally, which may be due to a relativistic dynamical symmetry for the Dirac Hamiltonian. An alternative derivation of such a symmetry is given. Furthermore, the dynamics necessary for a qualitative understanding of the spin-orbit splitting seen experimentally is discussed. (orig.)

  11. Probing Spin-Orbit Misalignment Processes Around Early-Type Stars

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    Ahlers, Johnathon; Barnes, Jason W.

    2016-10-01

    Planets in early-type systems seem to frequently misalign from their host star's spin axis. These spin-orbit misaligned systems challenge conventional planet-formation theories because planets probably do not form with initially misaligned orbits -- their angular momenta must be conserved with the stellar nursery in which they formed. In such a case, planets must migrate to their misaligned positions. However, very few transiting exoplanets have had their spin-orbit alignment angles measured. Our model constrains spin-orbit alignment angles via photometry and asteroseismology while accounting for the brightness effects of stellar variability and rapid rotation that commonly occur in early-type stars, making the analysis of hundreds of Kepler transit light curves possible for the first time. We will employ these techniques to probe spin-orbit misalignment theories by empirically testing the spin-orbit state of exoplanets orbiting early-type stars.

  12. Effects of spin-orbit coupling on actinium under pressure

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Rivera, J. [Departamento de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco, Mexico (Mexico); Olguin, D. [Departamento de Fi sica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico (Mexico)

    2015-04-15

    Actinium (Ac) is a radioactive metal and the first element of the actinide series. At ambient conditions Ac crystallizes in the fcc lattice, however, up to date its phase diagram is unknown. In the present work, we have studied the structural and electronic properties of Ac under hydrostatic pressure assuming the fcc structure as well as three hypothetical structures, namely the hcp, bcc, and sc, and for pressures up to 100 GPa. From our calculations, we found only one structural transition allowed, from the fcc to hcp, our calculated pressure was 39.85 GPa. The calculations were performed by means of the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation energy, where we have included in our study the spin-orbit coupling which is important for heavy elements. The total energy results were fitted to the third order Birch-Murnaghan's equation of state. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Tuning the effective spin-orbit coupling in molecular semiconductors

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    Schott, Sam

    2017-05-11

    The control of spins and spin to charge conversion in organics requires understanding the molecular spin-orbit coupling (SOC), and a means to tune its strength. However, quantifying SOC strengths indirectly through spin relaxation effects has proven difficult due to competing relaxation mechanisms. Here we present a systematic study of the g-tensor shift in molecular semiconductors and link it directly to the SOC strength in a series of high-mobility molecular semiconductors with strong potential for future devices. The results demonstrate a rich variability of the molecular g-shifts with the effective SOC, depending on subtle aspects of molecular composition and structure. We correlate the above g-shifts to spin-lattice relaxation times over four orders of magnitude, from 200 to 0.15 μs, for isolated molecules in solution and relate our findings for isolated molecules in solution to the spin relaxation mechanisms that are likely to be relevant in solid state systems.

  14. Bell-like inequality for spin-orbit separability of a classical laser beam

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    Borges, C V S; Huguenin, J A O; Khoury, A Z

    2009-01-01

    In analogy with Bell's inequality for two-qubit quantum states we propose an inequality criterion for the non-separability of the spin-orbit degrees of freedom of a classical laser beam. A definition of separable and non-separable spin-orbit modes is used in consonance with the one presented in Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 160401 (2007). As the usual Bell's inequality can be violated for entangled two-qubit quantum states, we show both theoretically and experimentally that the proposed spin-orbit inequality criterion can be violated for non-separable modes. A discussion on the classical-quantum transition is also presented.

  15. Spin torque on the surface of graphene in the presence of spin orbit splitting

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    Ji Chen

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available We study theoretically the spin transfer torque of a ferromagnetic layer coupled to (deposited onto a graphene surface in the presence of the Rashba spin orbit coupling (RSOC. We show that the RSOC induces an effective magnetic field, which will result in the spin precession of conduction electrons. We derive correspondingly the generalized Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG equation, which describes the precessional motion of local magnetization under the influence of the spin orbit effect. Our theoretical estimate indicates that the spin orbit spin torque may have significant effect on the magnetization dynamics of the ferromagnetic layer coupled to the graphene surface.

  16. Thermoelectric transport and spin density of graphene nanoribbons with Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Cheng, Xinjun; Sun, Guo-Ya

    2017-03-01

    In the present paper, we have theoretically investigated thermoelectric transport properties of armchair and zigzag graphene nanoribbons with Rashba spin-orbit interaction, as well as dephasing scattering processes by applying the nonequilibrium Green function method. Behaviors of electronic and thermal currents, as well as thermoelectric coefficients are studied. It is found that both electronic and thermal currents decrease, and thermoelectric properties been suppressed, with increasing strength of Rashba spin-orbit interaction. We have also studied spin split and spin density induced by Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the graphene nanoribbons.

  17. Intrinsic Spin-Orbit Coupling in Superconducting Delta-Doped SrTiO3 Heterostructures

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    Bell, Christopher

    2011-08-19

    We report the violation of the Pauli limit due to intrinsic spin-orbit coupling in SrTiO{sub 3} heterostructures. Via selective doping down to a few nanometers, a two-dimensional superconductor is formed, geometrically suppressing orbital pair-breaking. The spin-orbit scattering is exposed by the robust in-plane superconducting upper critical field, exceeding the Pauli limit by a factor of 4. Transport scattering times several orders of magnitude higher than for conventional thin film superconductors enables a new regime to be entered, where spin-orbit coupling effects arise non-perturbatively.

  18. Thermopower in parallel double quantum dots with Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Xue Hui-Jie; Lü Tian-Quan; Zhang Hong-Chen; Yin Hai-Tao; Cui Lian; He Ze-Long

    2011-01-01

    Based on the Green's function technique and the equation of motion approach, this paper theoretically studies the thermoelectric effect in parallel coupled double quantum dots (DQDs), in which Rashba spin-orbit interaction is taken into account. Rashba spin-orbit interaction contributions, even in a magnetic field, are exhibited obviously in the double quantum dots system for the thermoelectric effect. The periodic oscillation of thermopower can be controlled by tunning the Rashba spin-orbit interaction induced phase. The interesting spin-dependent thermoelectric effects will arise which has important influence on thermoelectric properties of the studied system.

  19. Experimental investigation of spin-orbit coupling in n-type PbTe quantum wells

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    Peres, M. L.; Monteiro, H. S.; Castro, S. de [Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Federal University of Itajubá, PB 50, 37500-903 Itajubá, MG (Brazil); Chitta, V. A.; Oliveira, N. F. [Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, PB 66318, 05315-970 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Mengui, U. A.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E. [Laboratório Associado de Sensores e Materiais, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, PB 515, 12201-970 São José dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Maude, D. K. [Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2014-03-07

    The spin-orbit coupling is studied experimentally in two PbTe quantum wells by means of weak antilocalization effect. Using the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka model through a computational global optimization procedure, we extracted the spin-orbit and inelastic scattering times and estimated the strength of the zero field spin-splitting energy Δ{sub so}. The values of Δ{sub so} are linearly dependent on the Fermi wave vector (k{sub F}) confirming theoretical predictions of the existence of large spin-orbit coupling in IV-VI quantum wells originated from pure Rashba effect.

  20. Spin-Orbit Coupling Controlled J =3 /2 Electronic Ground State in 5 d3 Oxides

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    Taylor, A. E.; Calder, S.; Morrow, R.; Feng, H. L.; Upton, M. H.; Lumsden, M. D.; Yamaura, K.; Woodward, P. M.; Christianson, A. D.

    2017-05-01

    Entanglement of spin and orbital degrees of freedom drives the formation of novel quantum and topological physical states. Here we report resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements of the transition metal oxides Ca3 LiOsO6 and Ba2 YOsO6 , which reveals a dramatic spitting of the t2 g manifold. We invoke an intermediate coupling approach that incorporates both spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron interactions on an even footing and reveal that the ground state of 5 d3-based compounds, which has remained elusive in previously applied models, is a novel spin-orbit entangled J =3 /2 electronic ground state. This work reveals the hidden diversity of spin-orbit controlled ground states in 5 d systems and introduces a new arena in the search for spin-orbit controlled phases of matter.

  1. Spin-orbit coupling in a graphene bilayer and in graphite

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    Guinea, F, E-mail: paco.guinea@icmm.csic.e [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, E28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-08-15

    The intrinsic spin-orbit interactions in bilayer graphene and in graphite are studied, using a tight binding model and an intra-atomic LS coupling. The spin-orbit interactions in bilayer graphene and graphite are larger, by about one order of magnitude, than the interactions in single-layer graphene, due to the mixing of {pi} and {sigma} bands by interlayer hopping. Their values are in the range 0.1-1 K. The spin-orbit coupling opens a gap in bilayer graphene, and also gives rise to two edge modes. The spin-orbit couplings are largest, {approx}1-4 K, in orthorhombic graphite, which does not have a center of inversion.

  2. Limits on dynamically generated spin-orbit coupling: Absence of l =1 Pomeranchuk instabilities in metals

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    Kiselev, Egor I.; Scheurer, Mathias S.; Wölfle, Peter; Schmalian, Jörg

    2017-03-01

    An ordered state in the spin sector that breaks parity without breaking time-reversal symmetry, i.e., that can be considered dynamically generated spin-orbit coupling, was proposed to explain puzzling observations in a range of different systems. Here, we derive severe restrictions for such a state that follow from a Ward identity related to spin conservation. It is shown that l =1 spin-Pomeranchuk instabilities are not possible in nonrelativistic systems since the response of spin-current fluctuations is entirely incoherent and nonsingular. This rules out relativistic spin-orbit coupling as an emergent low-energy phenomenon. We illustrate the exotic physical properties of the remaining higher-angular-momentum analogs of spin-orbit coupling and derive a geometric constraint for spin-orbit vectors in lattice systems.

  3. A Quantum Dot with Spin-Orbit Interaction--Analytical Solution

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    Basu, B.; Roy, B.

    2009-01-01

    The practical applicability of a semiconductor quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction gives an impetus to study analytical solutions to one- and two-electron quantum dots with or without a magnetic field.

  4. Emergent phases in the spin orbit coupled spin-1 Bose Hubbard model

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    Natu, Stefan; Pixley, Jedediah

    2015-05-01

    Motivated by recent experiments on spin orbit coupled, ultra-cold Bose gases, we theoretically study the spin-1 Bose Hubbard model in the presence and absence of spin orbit coupling (SOC). In the absence of SOC, using a spatially homogenous Gutzwiller mean field theory, we determine the phase diagram and excitation spectrum of the spin-1 Bose Hubbard model on a hyper-cubic lattice in both the polar and ferromagnetic phases. We focus on the evolution of various density, spin, and nematic order parameters across the phase diagram as a function of chemical potential and nearest neighbor hopping. We then generalize the Gutzwiller mean-field theory to incorporate spin-orbit coupling by allowing the mean-fields to be spatially inhomogeneous, which enable us to study spontaneous translational symmetry broken phases. To connect with ongoing experiments, we focus on the lattice generalization of the experimentally realized 1D spin-orbit coupling.

  5. Thermal conductivity of magnetic insulators with strong spin-orbit coupling

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    Stamokostas, Georgios; Lapas, Panteleimon; Fiete, Gregory A.

    We study the influence of spin-orbit coupling on the thermal conductivity of various types of magnetic insulators. In the absence of spin-orbit coupling and orbital-degeneracy, the strong-coupling limit of Hubbard interactions at half filling can often be adequately described in terms of a pure spin Hamiltonian of the Heisenberg form. However, in the presence of spin-orbit coupling the resulting exchange interaction can become highly anisotropic. The effect of the atomic spin-orbit coupling, taken into account through the effect of magnon-phonon interactions and the magnetic order and excitations, on the lattice thermal conductivity of various insulating magnetic systems is studied. We focus on the regime of low temperatures where the dominant source of scattering is two-magnon scattering to one-phonon processes. The thermal current is calculated within the Boltzmann transport theory. We are grateful for financial support from NSF Grant DMR-0955778.

  6. A Quantum Dot with Spin-Orbit Interaction--Analytical Solution

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    Basu, B.; Roy, B.

    2009-01-01

    The practical applicability of a semiconductor quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction gives an impetus to study analytical solutions to one- and two-electron quantum dots with or without a magnetic field.

  7. Spin-polarized spin-orbit-split quantum-well states in a metal film

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    Varykhalov, Andrei; Sanchez-Barriga, Jaime; Gudat, Wolfgang; Eberhardt, Wolfgang; Rader, Oliver [BESSY Berlin (Germany); Shikin, Alexander M. [St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation)

    2008-07-01

    Elements with high atomic number Z lead to a large spin-orbit coupling. Such materials can be used to create spin-polarized electronic states without the presence of a ferromagnet or an external magnetic field if the solid exhibits an inversion asymmetry. We create large spin-orbit splittings using a tungsten crystal as substrate and break the structural inversion symmetry through deposition of a gold quantum film. Using spin- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, it is demonstrated that quantum-well states forming in the gold film are spin-orbit split and spin polarized up to a thickness of at least 10 atomic layers. This is a considerable progress as compared to the current literature which reports spin-orbit split states at metal surfaces which are either pure or covered by at most a monoatomic layer of adsorbates.

  8. Spin-Orbit Coupling and Novel Electronic States at the Interfaces of Heavy Fermion Materials

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    2016-02-22

    spin-orbit coupling (SOC) may induce new electronic phases that are difficult to realize in bulk materials . With the support of this STIR grant, we have...Report: Spin-Orbit Coupling and Novel Electronic States at the Interfaces of Heavy Fermion Materials Report Title This report summarizes the progress...regime in the correlated- electron “global” phase diagram of heavy fermion materials and, in addition, paving the way for interactions between the

  9. The role of spin-orbit coupling in topologically protected interface states in Dirac materials

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    Abergel, D. S. L.; Edge, Jonathan M.; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2014-01-01

    We highlight the fact that two-dimensional materials with Dirac-like low energy band structures and spin-orbit coupling will produce linearly dispersing topologically protected Jackiw-Rebbi modes at interfaces where the Dirac mass changes sign. These modes may support persistent spin or valley currents parallel to the interface, and the exact arrangement of such topologically protected currents depends crucially on the details of the spin-orbit coupling in the material. As examples, we discus...

  10. Electric control of superconducting transition through a spin-orbit coupled interface

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    Ouassou, Jabir Ali; di Bernardo, Angelo; Robinson, Jason W. A.; Linder, Jacob

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate theoretically all-electric control of the superconducting transition temperature using a device comprised of a conventional superconductor, a ferromagnetic insulator, and semiconducting layers with intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. By using analytical calculations and numerical simulations, we show that the transition temperature of such a device can be controlled by electric gating which alters the ratio of Rashba to Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling. The results offer a new pathway to control superconductivity in spintronic devices.

  11. Spin-Orbit Coupling, Antilocalization, and Parallel Magnetic Fields in Quantum Dots

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    Zumbuhl, D.; Miller, Jessica; M. Marcus, C.;

    2002-01-01

    We investigate antilocalization due to spin-orbit coupling in ballistic GaAs quantum dots. Antilocalization that is prominent in large dots is suppressed in small dots, as anticipated theoretically. Parallel magnetic fields suppress both antilocalization and also, at larger fields, weak...... localization, consistent with random matrix theory results once orbital coupling of the parallel field is included. In situ control of spin-orbit coupling in dots is demonstrated as a gate-controlled crossover from weak localization to antilocalization....

  12. Electric control of superconducting transition through a spin-orbit coupled interface

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    Ouassou, Jabir Ali; Di Bernardo, Angelo; Robinson, Jason W. A.; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate theoretically all-electric control of the superconducting transition temperature using a device comprised of a conventional superconductor, a ferromagnetic insulator, and semiconducting layers with intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. By using analytical calculations and numerical simulations, we show that the transition temperature of such a device can be controlled by electric gating which alters the ratio of Rashba to Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling. The results offer a new pathway to control superconductivity in spintronic devices. PMID:27426887

  13. The role of Rashba spin-orbit coupling in valley-dependent transport of Dirac fermions

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    Hasanirok, Kobra; Mohammadpour, Hakimeh

    2017-01-01

    At this work, spin- and valley-dependent electron transport through graphene and silicene layers are studied in the presence of Rashba spin- orbit coupling. We find that the transport properties of the related ferromagnetic/normal/ferromagnetic structure depend on the relevant parameters. A fully valley- and spin- polarized current is obtained. As another result, Rashba spin-orbit interaction plays important role in controlling the transmission characteristics.

  14. Adiabatic momentum space treatment of a spin-orbit coupled BEC

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    Wang, Su-Ju; Greene, Chris

    2013-05-01

    By dressing the atomic spin states with Raman laser fields, experimentalists can create spin-orbit coupled Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) by tuning controllable parameters in an ultracold atomic system. In the presence of spin-orbit coupling, we study the spin dynamics of a harmonically-trapped spinor BEC that can be driven by non-adiabatic Landau-Zener transitions occurring at avoided crossings between the bands.

  15. Interaction induced staggered spin-orbit order in two-dimensional electron gas

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    Das, Tanmoy [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-05

    Decoupling spin and charge transports in solids is among the many prerequisites for realizing spin electronics, spin caloritronics, and spin-Hall effect. Beyond the conventional method of generating and manipulating spin current via magnetic knob, recent advances have expanded the possibility to optical and electrical method which are controllable both internally and externally. Yet, due to the inevitable presence of charge excitations and electrical polarizibility in these methods, the separation between spin and charge degrees of freedom of electrons remains a challenge. Here we propose and formulate an interaction induced staggered spin-orbit order as a new emergent phase of matter. We show that when some form of inherent spin-splitting via Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling renders two helical Fermi surfaces to become significantly nested, a Fermi surface instability arises. To lift this degeneracy, a spontaneous symmetry breaking spin-orbit density wave develops, causing a surprisingly large quasiparticle gapping with chiral electronic states, with no active charge excitations. Since the staggered spin-orbit order is associated with a condensation energy, quantified by the gap value, destroying such spin-orbit interaction costs sufficiently large perturbation field or temperature or de-phasing time. BiAg2 surface state is shown to be a representative system for realizing such novel spin-orbit interaction with tunable and large strength, and the spin-splitting is decoupled from charge excitations.

  16. Electron correlation and relativity of the 5f electrons in the U-Zr alloy system

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    Söderlind, P.; Sadigh, B.; Lordi, V.; Landa, A.; Turchi, P. E. A.

    2014-01-01

    up with an APW + lo basis for the expansion of the wave functions within the muffin-tin spheres (with radius RMT = 2.5 a.u.) in partial waves with angular momenta up to l = 3, and an LAPW basis for all higher angular momenta up to l = 10. The plane-wave cutoff (Kmax) for the expansion of the wave functions in the interstitial region is chosen such that RMT × Kmax = 10. We apply the LSDA + U scheme proposed by Anisimov et al. [5] (Wien2K) and Dudarev et al. [6] (VASP) to the uranium f orbitals, which approximately corrects for their electron self interaction. An effective Ueff = U - J is chosen to be 2 eV (J = 0), which appears to be realistic for uranium systems [7]. The spin-orbit interaction is included using the second-variation method with scalar-relativistic orbitals as basis. This basis includes all Eigen states with energy less than 70 eV. For reason to improve the description of the relativistic orbitals, the p1/2 local orbitals are added to the basis set. For actinide metals, this technique for the spin-orbit coupling equals, with good approximation, that of the complete four-spinor Dirac formalism [8-10]. All calculations use a 12 × 12 × 12 Monkhorst-Pack k-point grid and a plane-wave cutoff of 23 Ry.In Table 1 we show our calculated equilibrium volumes (V) and bulk moduli (B) obtained with and without spin-orbit coupling (SOC) for bcc (γ) uranium metal using the Wien2K (VASP) codes. (The other component, Zr, is a light metal where relativistic effects are not important). The changes in V and B due to SOC are indeed quite small, consistent with results from previous studies [9,11], and within the scatter of the experimental data. The reason why the volume expands slightly is that the separation of the 5f5/2 and 5f7/2 states, due to spin-orbit coupling, weakens the cohesion of the bonding electrons. The separation is very small, as seen in Fig. 1[11] where we plot the total electronic density-of-states (DOS) for α-U with and without SOC. Most of the

  17. Electronic structure of delta-Pu and PuCoGa[sub 3] from photoemission and the mixed level model

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    Joyce, J. J. (John Joseph); Wills, J. M. (John M.); Durakiewicz, T. (Tomasz); Butterfield, M. T. (Martin T.); Guziewicz, E. (Elzbieta); Sarrao, John L.,; Arko, A. J. (Aloysius J.); Moore, D. P. (David P.); Morales, L. A. (Luis A.); Eriksson, O. (Olle)

    2004-01-01

    The electronic structure of {delta}-phase Pu metal and the Pu-based superconductor PuCoGa{sub 5} is explored using photoelectron spectroscopy and a novel theoretical scheme. Excellent agreement between calculation and experiment defines a path forward for understanding electronic structure aspects of Pu-based materials. The photoemission results show two separate regions of 5f electron spectral intensity, one at the Fermi energy and another centered 1.2 eV below the Fermi level. A comparison is made between the photoemission data and five computational schemes for {delta}-Pu. The results for {delta}-Pu and PuCoGa{sub 5} indicate 5f electron behavior on the threshold between localized and itinerant and a broader framework for understanding the fundamental electronic properties of the Pu 5f levels in general within two configurations, one localized and one itinerant.

  18. The effective valence shell Hamiltonian calculations of spin-orbit splittings in small diatomic hydrides.

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    Chang, Ye Won; Sun, Hosung

    2008-12-18

    Recently, the size extensive, ab initio effective valence shell Hamiltonian method for spin-orbit coupling has been suggested. In essence, this effective Hamiltonian method is equivalent to the quasidegenerate perturbation theory. But the difference lies in transforming the original Hamiltonian into an effective Hamiltonian acting within a relatively small valence in the effective valence shell Hamiltonian method. One advantage of the method is that the spin-orbit coupling energies of all valence states for both the neutral species and its ions are simultaneously determined with a similar accuracy from a single computation of the effective spin-orbit coupling operator. Thus, fine structure splittings are predicted for a number of states of each system for which neither experiment nor theory is available. To assess the accuracy of the effective Hamiltonian method more extensively, test calculations are performed for the spin-orbit splittings in the valence states of small diatomic hydrides and their ions. The calculated spin-orbit splittings are generally in good agreement with experiments and with other ab initio computations.

  19. High-order moments of spin-orbit energy in a multielectron configuration

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    Na, Xieyu; Poirier, M.

    2016-07-01

    In order to analyze the energy-level distribution in complex ions such as those found in warm dense plasmas, this paper provides values for high-order moments of the spin-orbit energy in a multielectron configuration. Using second-quantization results and standard angular algebra or fully analytical expressions, explicit values are given for moments up to 10th order for the spin-orbit energy. Two analytical methods are proposed, using the uncoupled or coupled orbital and spin angular momenta. The case of multiple open subshells is considered with the help of cumulants. The proposed expressions for spin-orbit energy moments are compared to numerical computations from Cowan's code and agree with them. The convergence of the Gram-Charlier expansion involving these spin-orbit moments is analyzed. While a spectrum with infinitely thin components cannot be adequately represented by such an expansion, a suitable convolution procedure ensures the convergence of the Gram-Charlier series provided high-order terms are accounted for. A corrected analytical formula for the third-order moment involving both spin-orbit and electron-electron interactions turns out to be in fair agreement with Cowan's numerical computations.

  20. Spin-orbit-coupling-induced backaction cooling in cavity optomechanics with a Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Yasir, Kashif Ammar; Zhuang, Lin; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2017-01-01

    We report a spin-orbit-coupling-induced backaction cooling in an optomechanical system, composed of a spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in an optical cavity with one movable end mirror, by suppressing heating effects of quantum noises. The collective density excitations of the spin-orbit-coupling-mediated hyperfine states—serving as atomic oscillators equally coupled to the cavity field—trigger strongly driven atomic backaction. We find that the backaction not only revamps low-temperature dynamics of its own but also provides an opportunity to cool the mechanical mirror to its quantum-mechanical ground state. Further, we demonstrate that the strength of spin-orbit coupling also superintends dynamic structure factor and squeezes nonlinear quantum noises, like thermomechanical and photon shot noise, which enhances optomechanical features of the hybrid cavity beyond previous investigations. Our findings are testable in a realistic setup and enhance the functionality of cavity optomechanics with spin-orbit-coupled hyperfine states in the field of quantum optics and quantum computation.

  1. Spin-orbit-coupled two-electron Fermi gases of ytterbium atoms

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    Song, Bo; He, Chengdong; Zhang, Shanchao; Hajiyev, Elnur; Huang, Wei; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Jo, Gyu-Boong

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate all-optical implementation of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in a two-electron Fermi gas of 173Yb atoms by coupling two hyperfine ground states with a narrow optical transition. Due to the SU (N ) symmetry of the S10 ground-state manifold which is insensitive to external magnetic fields, an optical ac Stark effect is applied to split the ground spin states, which exhibits a high stability compared with experiments on alkali-metal and lanthanide atoms, and separate out an effective spin-1/2 subspace from other hyperfine levels for the realization of SOC. The dephasing spin dynamics when a momentum-dependent spin-orbit gap is suddenly opened and the asymmetric momentum distribution of the spin-orbit-coupled Fermi gas are observed as a hallmark of SOC. The realization of all-optical SOC for ytterbium fermions should offer a route to a long-lived spin-orbit-coupled Fermi gas and greatly expand our capability of studying spin-orbit physics with alkaline-earth-metal-like atoms.

  2. Specular Andreev reflection in graphene-based superconducting junction with substate-induced spin orbit interaction

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    Bai, Chunxu, E-mail: chunxu_bai@semi.ac.cn [School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China); Yang, Yanling [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China)

    2016-08-26

    Based on the Dirac–Bogoliubov–de Gennes equation, the chirality-resolved transport properties through a ballistic graphene-based superconducting heterojunction with both the Rashba and the Dresselhaus spin orbit interaction have been investigated. Our results show that, in contrast to the retro-Andreev reflection suppressed by the spin orbit interaction (SOI), the specular Andreev reflection (SAR) can be enhanced largely by the SOI. Moreover, the Fabry–Perot interferences in the barrier region lead to the oscillating feature of the tunneling conductance. It is anticipated to apply the qualitative different results to diagnose the SAR in single layer graphene in the presence of both kinds of the SOI. - Highlights: • The retro-Andreev reflection in graphene is suppressed by the spin orbit interaction. • The specular Andreev reflection in graphene can be enhanced largely by the spin orbit interaction. • The Fabry–Perot interferences in the graphene-based barrier lead to the oscillating feature of the tunneling conductance. • The spin orbit interaction is also vital in diagnosing the specular Andreev reflection in graphene.

  3. Analytical Determination of the Confinement Potential and Coupling Constant of Spin--Orbit Interactions of Electrons in Nanostructures

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    Dineykhan, M; Zhaugasheva, S A; Al Farabi Kazakh State National University. Almaty

    2005-01-01

    Multilayer nanocrystalline structure is represented by the electrostatic field inducted by total image charge, and the confinement potential for electrons is determined. Assuming that at a given distance the confinement potential is equal to the Coulomb repulsion and an interaction between electrons becomes spin-orbit, the constant of the spin-orbit interaction of electrons in nanostructures is determined. The dependence of the constant of the spin-orbit interaction on environment parameters and the distance between electrons is studied.

  4. Determining the spin-orbit coupling via spin-polarized spectroscopy of magnetic impurities

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    Kaladzhyan, V.; Simon, P.; Bena, C.

    2016-10-01

    We study the spin-resolved spectral properties of the impurity states associated to the presence of magnetic impurities in two-dimensional as well as one-dimensional systems with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We focus on Shiba bound states in superconducting materials, as well as on impurity states in metallic systems. Using a combination of a numerical T -matrix approximation and a direct analytical calculation of the bound-state wave function, we compute the local density of states (LDOS) together with its Fourier transform (FT). We find that the FT of the spin-polarized LDOS, a quantity accessible via spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, allows to accurately extract the strength of the spin-orbit coupling. Also, we confirm that the presence of magnetic impurities is strictly necessary for such measurement, and that non-spin-polarized experiments cannot have access to the value of the spin-orbit coupling.

  5. Nonreciprocal Transverse Photonic Spin and Magnetization-Induced Electromagnetic Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Levy, Miguel; Karki, Dolendra

    2017-01-01

    We present a formulation of electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling in magneto-optic media, and propose an alternative source of spin-orbit coupling to non-paraxial optics vortices. Our treatment puts forth a formulation of nonreciprocal transverse-spin angular-momentum-density shifts for evanescent waves in magneto-optic waveguide media. It shows that magnetization-induced electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling is possible, and that it leads to unequal spin to orbital angular momentum conversion in magneto-optic media evanescent waves in opposite propagation-directions. Generation of free-space helicoidal beams based on this conversion is shown to be spin-helicity- and magnetization-dependent. We show that transverse-spin to orbital angular momentum coupling into magneto-optic waveguide media engenders spin-helicity-dependent unidirectional propagation. This unidirectional effect produces different orbital angular momenta in opposite directions upon excitation-spin-helicity reversals. PMID:28059120

  6. Planets in Spin-Orbit Misalignment and the Search for Stellar Companions

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    Addison, Brett C; Wright, Duncan J; Salter, Graeme; Bayliss, Daniel; Zhou, George

    2014-01-01

    The discovery of giant planets orbiting close to their host stars was one of the most unexpected results of early exoplanetary science. Astronomers have since found that a significant fraction of these 'Hot Jupiters' move on orbits substantially misaligned with the rotation axis of their host star. We recently reported the measurement of the spin-orbit misalignment for WASP-79b by using data from the 3.9 m Anglo-Australian Telescope. Contemporary models of planetary formation produce planets on nearly coplanar orbits with respect to their host star's equator. We discuss the mechanisms which could drive planets into spin-orbit misalignment. The most commonly proposed being the Kozai mechanism, which requires the presence of a distant, massive companion to the star-planet system. We therefore describe a volume-limited direct-imaging survey of Hot Jupiter systems with measured spin-orbit angles, to search for the presence of stellar companions and test the Kozai hypothesis.

  7. Controlling spin-orbit interaction in a ferromagnetic Fe/Au double layer

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    Samarin, Sergey N.; Artamonov, Oleg M.; Baraban, Alexander P.; Kostylev, Mikhail; Guagliardo, Paul; Williams, James F.

    2015-01-01

    Using spin-polarized single- and two-electron spectroscopy, we probe exchange and spin-orbit interaction in a double layer of Fe and Au on W(110) and measure the spin asymmetry of the Bloch spectral density function of the sample. In a 5 ML iron film, the spin-orbit contribution to the measured asymmetry of the (e,2e) spectra was not detectable, whereas a deposition of about 1 ML of gold introduced a substantial spin-orbit component in the measured asymmetry. At the same time, this double layer still exhibits ferromagnetic properties: (i) the spectral density function asymmetry demonstrate imbalance of spin-up and spin-down electron densities in the valence band and (ii) the Stoner excitation asymmetry has almost the same value as in a pure Fe film.

  8. Search for Efimov trimers in ultracold atomic mixtures in the presence of spin-orbit coupling

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    Wang, Su-Ju; Han, Huili; Perez-Rios, Jesus; Greene, Chris

    2015-05-01

    Realization of synthetic gauge fields in ultracold atomic systems has attracted much attention in both few-body and many-body physics. Especially, there are extensive works on the two-body aspects of spin-orbit coupled quantum gases, which have already shown intriguing new features due to the change in the energy dispersion relation. However, there are few studies on the three-body physics in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. In this work, we apply the hyperspherical coordinate approach in the adiabatic approximation to solve the three-body system in zero total angular momentum subspace, where two of them are spin-orbit coupled, and the third one of a different species is not. Examination of the computed hyperspherical potential curves should provide the information needed to explore the possible existence of universal three-body bound states.

  9. Spin-orbit-coupled transport and spin torque in a ferromagnetic heterostructure

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    Wang, Xuhui

    2014-02-07

    Ferromagnetic heterostructures provide an ideal platform to explore the nature of spin-orbit torques arising from the interplay mediated by itinerant electrons between a Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling and a ferromagnetic exchange interaction. For such a prototypic system, we develop a set of coupled diffusion equations to describe the diffusive spin dynamics and spin-orbit torques. We characterize the spin torque and its two prominent—out-of-plane and in-plane—components for a wide range of relative strength between the Rashba coupling and ferromagnetic exchange. The symmetry and angular dependence of the spin torque emerging from our simple Rashba model is in an agreement with experiments. The spin diffusion equation can be generalized to incorporate dynamic effects such as spin pumping and magnetic damping.

  10. Unified dynamics of electrons and photons via Zitterbewegung and spin-orbit interaction

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    Leary, C. C.; Smith, Karl H.

    2014-02-01

    We show that when an electron or photon propagates in a cylindrically symmetric waveguide, it experiences both a Zitterbewegung effect and a spin-orbit interaction leading to identical propagation dynamics for both particles. Applying a unified perturbative approach to both particles simultaneously, we find that to first order in perturbation theory, their Hamiltonians each contain identical Darwin (Zitterbewegung) and spin-orbit terms, resulting in the unification of their dynamics. The presence of the Zitterbewegung effect may be interpreted physically as the delocalization of the electron on the scale of its Compton wavelength, or the delocalization of the photon on the scale of its wavelength in the waveguide. The presence of the spin-orbit interaction leads to the prediction of several rotational effects: the spatial or time evolution of either particle's spin or polarization vector is controlled by the sign of its orbital angular momentum quantum number or, conversely, its spatial wave function is controlled by its spin angular momentum.

  11. Brillouin-Wigner theory for Floquet topological phase transitions in spin-orbit-coupled materials

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    Mohan, Priyanka; Saxena, Ruchi; Kundu, Arijit; Rao, Sumathi

    2016-12-01

    We develop the high-frequency expansion based on the Brillouin-Wigner (B-W) perturbation theory for driven systems with spin-orbit coupling which is applicable to the cases of silicene, germanene, and stanene. We compute the effective Hamiltonian in the zero-photon subspace not only to order O (ω-1) but by keeping all the important terms to order O (ω-2) and obtain the photoassisted correction terms to both the hopping and the spin-orbit terms, as well as longer-ranged hopping terms. We then use the effective static Hamiltonian to compute the phase diagram in the high-frequency limit and compare it with the results of direct numerical computation of the Chern numbers of the Floquet bands and show that at sufficiently large frequencies, the B-W theory high-frequency expansion works well even in the presence of spin-orbit-coupling terms.

  12. Strong spin-orbit interaction of light on the surface of atomically thin crystals

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    Liu, Mengxia; Cai, Liang; Chen, Shizhen; Liu, Yachao; Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun

    2017-06-01

    The photonic spin Hall effect (SHE) can be regarded as a direct optical analogy of the SHE in electronic systems where a refractive index gradient plays the role of an electric potential. However, it has been demonstrated that the effective refractive index fails to adequately explain the light-matter interaction in atomically thin crystals. In this paper, we examine the spin-orbit interaction on the surface of the freestanding atomically thin crystals. We find that it is not necessary to involve the effective refractive index to describe the spin-orbit interaction and the photonic SHE in the atomically thin crystals. The strong spin-orbit interaction and giant photonic SHE are predicted, which can be explained as the large polarization rotation of plane-wave components in order to satisfy the transversality of photon polarization.

  13. Nonreciprocal Transverse Photonic Spin and Magnetization-Induced Electromagnetic Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Levy, Miguel; Karki, Dolendra

    2017-01-01

    We present a formulation of electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling in magneto-optic media, and propose an alternative source of spin-orbit coupling to non-paraxial optics vortices. Our treatment puts forth a formulation of nonreciprocal transverse-spin angular-momentum-density shifts for evanescent waves in magneto-optic waveguide media. It shows that magnetization-induced electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling is possible, and that it leads to unequal spin to orbital angular momentum conversion in magneto-optic media evanescent waves in opposite propagation-directions. Generation of free-space helicoidal beams based on this conversion is shown to be spin-helicity- and magnetization-dependent. We show that transverse-spin to orbital angular momentum coupling into magneto-optic waveguide media engenders spin-helicity-dependent unidirectional propagation. This unidirectional effect produces different orbital angular momenta in opposite directions upon excitation-spin-helicity reversals.

  14. Strong Linear Dichroism in Spin-Polarized Photoemission from Spin-Orbit-Coupled Surface States

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    Bentmann, H.; Maaß, H.; Krasovskii, E. E.; Peixoto, T. R. F.; Seibel, C.; Leandersson, M.; Balasubramanian, T.; Reinert, F.

    2017-09-01

    A comprehensive understanding of spin-polarized photoemission is crucial for accessing the electronic structure of spin-orbit coupled materials. Yet, the impact of the final state in the photoemission process on the photoelectron spin has been difficult to assess in these systems. We present experiments for the spin-orbit split states in a Bi-Ag surface alloy showing that the alteration of the final state with energy may cause a complete reversal of the photoelectron spin polarization. We explain the effect on the basis of ab initio one-step photoemission theory and describe how it originates from linear dichroism in the angular distribution of photoelectrons. Our analysis shows that the modulated photoelectron spin polarization reflects the intrinsic spin density of the surface state being sampled differently depending on the final state, and it indicates linear dichroism as a natural probe of spin-orbit coupling at surfaces.

  15. Spectral gaps of spin-orbit coupled particles in deformed traps

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    Marchukov, O. V.; Volosniev, A. G.; Fedorov, D. V.; Jensen, A. S.; Zinner, N. T.

    2013-07-01

    We consider a spin-orbit coupled system of particles in an external trap that is represented by a deformed harmonic oscillator potential. The spin-orbit interaction is a Rashba interaction that does not commute with the trapping potential and requires a full numerical treatment in order to obtain the spectrum. The effect of a Zeeman term is also considered. Our results demonstrate that variable spectral gaps occur as a function of strength of the Rashba interaction and deformation of the harmonic trapping potential. The single-particle density of states and the critical strength for superfluidity vary tremendously with the interaction parameter. The strong variations with Rashba coupling and deformation imply that the few- and many-body physics of spin-orbit coupled systems can be manipulated by variation of these parameters.

  16. Giant Spin-Orbit Splitting in Inverted InAs /GaSb Double Quantum Wells

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    Nichele, Fabrizio; Kjaergaard, Morten; Suominen, Henri J.; Skolasinski, Rafal; Wimmer, Michael; Nguyen, Binh-Minh; Kiselev, Andrey A.; Yi, Wei; Sokolich, Marko; Manfra, Michael J.; Qu, Fanming; Beukman, Arjan J. A.; Kouwenhoven, Leo P.; Marcus, Charles M.

    2017-01-01

    Transport measurements in inverted InAs /GaSb quantum wells reveal a giant spin-orbit splitting of the energy bands close to the hybridization gap. The splitting results from the interplay of electron-hole mixing and spin-orbit coupling, and can exceed the hybridization gap. We experimentally investigate the band splitting as a function of top gate voltage for both electronlike and holelike states. Unlike conventional, noninverted two-dimensional electron gases, the Fermi energy in InAs /GaSb can cross a single spin-resolved band, resulting in full spin-orbit polarization. In the fully polarized regime we observe exotic transport phenomena such as quantum Hall plateaus evolving in e2/h steps and a nontrivial Berry phase.

  17. Spectral Gaps of Spin-orbit Coupled Particles in Deformed Traps

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    V. Marchukov, O.; G. Volosniev, A.; V. Fedorov, D.;

    2013-01-01

    We consider a spin-orbit coupled system of particles in an external trap that is represented by a deformed harmonic oscillator potential. The spin-orbit interaction is a Rashba interaction that does not commute with the trapping potential and requires a full numerical treatment in order to obtain...... the spectrum. The effect of a Zeeman term is also considered. Our results demonstrate that variable spectral gaps occur as a function of strength of the Rashba interaction and deformation of the harmonic trapping potential. The single-particle density of states and the critical strength for superfluidity vary...... tremendously with the interaction parameter. The strong variations with Rashba coupling and deformation implies that the few- and many-body physics of spin-orbit coupled systems can be manipulated by variation of these parameters....

  18. Specular Andreev reflection in graphene-based superconducting junction with substate-induced spin orbit interaction

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling

    2016-08-01

    Based on the Dirac-Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, the chirality-resolved transport properties through a ballistic graphene-based superconducting heterojunction with both the Rashba and the Dresselhaus spin orbit interaction have been investigated. Our results show that, in contrast to the retro-Andreev reflection suppressed by the spin orbit interaction (SOI), the specular Andreev reflection (SAR) can be enhanced largely by the SOI. Moreover, the Fabry-Perot interferences in the barrier region lead to the oscillating feature of the tunneling conductance. It is anticipated to apply the qualitative different results to diagnose the SAR in single layer graphene in the presence of both kinds of the SOI.

  19. Bose-Einstein condensates in the presence of Weyl spin-orbit coupling

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    Wu, Ting; Liao, Renyuan

    2017-01-01

    We consider two-component Bose-Einstein condensates subject to Weyl spin-orbit coupling. We obtain mean-field ground state phase diagram by variational method. In the regime where interspecies coupling is larger than intraspecies coupling, the system is found to be fully polarized and condensed at a finite momentum lying along the quantization axis. We characterize this phase by studying the excitation spectrum, the sound velocity, the quantum depletion of condensates, the shift of ground state energy, and the static structure factor. We find that spin-orbit coupling and interspecies coupling generally leads to competing effects.

  20. Numerical simulation study on spin resonant depolarization due to spin-orbit coupling

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    Lan Jie-Qin; Xu Hong-Liang

    2012-01-01

    The spin polarization phenomenon in lepton circular accelerators had been known for many years.It provides a new approach for physicists to study the spin feature of fundamental particles and the dynamics of spin-orbit coupling,such as spin resonances.We use numerical simulation to study the features of spin under the modulation of orbital motion in an electron storage ring.The various cases of depolarization due to spin-orbit coupling through an emitting photon and misalignment of magnets in the ring are discussed.

  1. Persistent Spin Current in a Quantum Wire with Weak Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    WANG Yi; SHENG Wei; ZHOU Guang-Hui

    2006-01-01

    @@ We theoretically investigate the spin current for a parabolically confined semiconductor heterojunction quantum wire with weak Rashba spin-orbit coupling by means of the perturbation method. By analytical calculation, it is found that only two components off spin current density is non-zero in the equilibrium case. Numerical examples have demonstrated that the spin current of electron transverse motion is 10-3 times that off electron longitudinal motion. However, the former one is much more sensitive to the strength of Rashba spin-orbit coupling. These results may suggest an approach to the spin storage device and to the measurement of spin current through its induced electric field.

  2. Interfacial spin Hall current in a Josephson junction with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Yang Zhi-Hong; Yang Yong-Hong; Wang Jun

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the spin transport properties of the Cooper pairs in a conventional Josephson junction with Rashba spin orbit coupling considered in one of the superconducting leads.It is found that an angle-resolved spin supercurrent flows through the junction and a nonzero interfacial spin Hall current driven by the superconducting phase difference also appears at the interface.The physical origin of this is that the Rashba spin-orbit coupling can indnce a triplet order parameter in the s-wave superconductor.The interfacial spin Hall current dependences on the system parameters are also discussed.

  3. The conductance and polarization in quantum wires with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    WANG Da-zhi; CHEN Yu-guang

    2008-01-01

    The conductance and polarization are studied in one-dimensional ballistic quantum wire with both Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions.Two kinds of structures are considered in the present work,one with mixture of two interactions and the other with sequence structure of them.We find that the conductance and polarization are strongly affected by these two interactions.With both interactions we obtain a multi-peak contour of spin polarization and a dramatic oscillation pattern of spin conductance,which are due to the different combination of the two spin-orbit interactions.

  4. Spin-Orbit Effects in CoFeB/MgO Heterostructures with Heavy Metal Underlayers

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    Torrejon, Jacob; Kim, Junyeon; Sinha, Jaivardhan; Hayashi, Masamitsu

    2016-10-01

    We study effects originating from the strong spin-orbit coupling in CoFeB/MgO heterostructures with heavy metal (HM) underlayers. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at the CoFeB/MgO interface, the spin Hall angle of the heavy metal layer, current induced torques and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction at the HM/CoFeB interfaces are studied for films in which the early 5d transition metals are used as the HM underlayer. We show how the choice of the HM layer influences these intricate spin-orbit effects that emerge within the bulk and at interfaces of the heterostructures.

  5. Spin-orbit mechanism of predissociation in the Wulf band of ozone

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    Grebenshchikov, S. Yu.; Qu, Z.-W.; Zhu, H.; Schinke, R.

    2006-07-01

    Previously calculated resonance widths of the ground vibrational levels in the electronic states 1A″3 (A23) and 1A'3 (B23), which belong to the Wulf band system of ozone, are significantly smaller than observed experimentally. We demonstrate that predissociation is drastically enhanced by spin-orbit coupling between 1A″3/XA'1 and 1A'3/1A″3. Multistate quantum mechanical calculations using ab initio spin-orbit coupling matrix elements give linewidths of optically bright components of the right order of magnitude.

  6. Engineering an atom-interferometer with modulated light-induced $3 \\pi$ spin-orbit coupling

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    Olson, Abraham J; Blasing, David B; Niffenegger, Robert J; Chen, Yong P

    2015-01-01

    We have developed an experimental method to modify the single-particle dispersion using periodic modulation of Raman beams which couple two spin-states of an ultracold atomic gas. The modulation introduces a new coupling between Raman-induced spin-orbit-coupled dressed bands, creating a second generation of dressed-state eigenlevels that feature both a novel 3{\\pi} spin-orbit coupling and a pair of avoided crossings, which is used to realize an atomic interferometer. The spin polarization and energies of these eigenlevels are characterized by studying the transport of a Bose-Einstein condensate in this system, including observing a Stueckelberg interference.

  7. Temperature dependence of spin-orbit torques in Cu-Au alloys

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    Wen, Yan

    2017-03-07

    We investigated current driven spin-orbit torques in Cu40Au60/Ni80Fe20/Ti layered structures with in-plane magnetization. We have demonstrated a reliable and convenient method to separate dampinglike torque and fieldlike torque by using the second harmonic technique. It is found that the dampinglike torque and fieldlike torque depend on temperature very differently. Dampinglike torque increases with temperature, while fieldlike torque decreases with temperature, which are different from results obtained previously in other material systems. We observed a nearly linear dependence between the spin Hall angle and longitudinal resistivity, suggesting that skew scattering may be the dominant mechanism of spin-orbit torques.

  8. Mapping trapped atomic gas with spin-orbit coupling to quantum Rabi-like model

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    Hu, Haiping; Chen, Shu

    2013-01-01

    We construct a connection of the ultracold atomic system in a harmonic trap with Raman-induced spin-orbit coupling to the quantum Rabi-like model. By mapping the trapped atomic system to a Rabi-like model, we can get the exact solution of the Rabi-like model following the methods to solve the quantum Rabi model. The existence of such a mapping implies that we can study the basic model in quantum optics by using trapped atomic gases with spin-orbit coupling.

  9. Spin current and polarization in impure two-dimensional electron systems with spin-orbit coupling.

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    Mishchenko, E G; Shytov, A V; Halperin, B I

    2004-11-26

    We derive the transport equations for two-dimensional electron systems with Rashba spin-orbit interaction and short-range spin-independent disorder. In the limit of slow spatial variations, we obtain coupled diffusion equations for the electron density and spin. Using these equations we calculate electric-field induced spin accumulation and spin current in a finite-size sample for an arbitrary ratio between spin-orbit energy splitting Delta and elastic scattering rate tau(-1). We demonstrate that the spin-Hall conductivity vanishes in an infinite system independent of this ratio.

  10. Noncollinear Spin-Orbit Magnetic Fields in a Carbon Nanotube Double Quantum Dot

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    Hels, M. C.; Braunecker, B.; Grove-Rasmussen, K.; Nygârd, J.

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate experimentally that noncollinear intrinsic spin-orbit magnetic fields can be realized in a curved carbon nanotube two-segment device. Each segment, analyzed in the quantum dot regime, shows near fourfold degenerate shell structure allowing for identification of the spin-orbit coupling and the angle between the two segments. Furthermore, we determine the four unique spin directions of the quantum states for specific shells and magnetic fields. This class of quantum dot systems is particularly interesting when combined with induced superconducting correlations as it may facilitate unconventional superconductivity and detection of Cooper pair entanglement. Our device comprises the necessary elements.

  11. Thermodynamic properties of noninteracting quantum gases with spin-orbit coupling

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    He Li [Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, 215600 (China); Yu Zengqiang [Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China)

    2011-08-15

    In this brief report we study thermodynamic properties of noninteracting quantum gases with isotropic spin-orbit coupling. At high temperature, coefficients of virial expansion depend on both temperature T and spin-orbit coupling strength {kappa}. For strong coupling, virial expansion is applicable to the temperature region below the conventional degenerate temperature T{sub F}. At low temperature, specific heat is proportional to {radical}(T) in Bose gases and T in Fermi gases. Temperature dependence of the chemical potential of fermions shows a different behavior when the Fermi surface is above and below the Dirac point.

  12. Analogue spin-orbit torque device for artificial-neural-network-based associative memory operation

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    Borders, William A.; Akima, Hisanao; Fukami, Shunsuke; Moriya, Satoshi; Kurihara, Shouta; Horio, Yoshihiko; Sato, Shigeo; Ohno, Hideo

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate associative memory operations reminiscent of the brain using nonvolatile spintronics devices. Antiferromagnet-ferromagnet bilayer-based Hall devices, which show analogue-like spin-orbit torque switching under zero magnetic fields and behave as artificial synapses, are used. An artificial neural network is used to associate memorized patterns from their noisy versions. We develop a network consisting of a field-programmable gate array and 36 spin-orbit torque devices. An effect of learning on associative memory operations is successfully confirmed for several 3 × 3-block patterns. A discussion on the present approach for realizing spintronics-based artificial intelligence is given.

  13. Spin-Orbit Coupling, Antilocalization, and Parallel Magnetic Fields in Quantum Dots

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    Zumbuhl, D.; Miller, Jessica; M. Marcus, C.

    2002-01-01

    We investigate antilocalization due to spin-orbit coupling in ballistic GaAs quantum dots. Antilocalization that is prominent in large dots is suppressed in small dots, as anticipated theoretically. Parallel magnetic fields suppress both antilocalization and also, at larger fields, weak localizat......We investigate antilocalization due to spin-orbit coupling in ballistic GaAs quantum dots. Antilocalization that is prominent in large dots is suppressed in small dots, as anticipated theoretically. Parallel magnetic fields suppress both antilocalization and also, at larger fields, weak...

  14. Synthetic dimensions and spin-orbit coupling with an optical clock transition

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    Livi, L F; Diem, M; Franchi, L; Clivati, C; Frittelli, M; Levi, F; Calonico, D; Catani, J; Inguscio, M; Fallani, L

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a novel way of synthesizing spin-orbit interactions in ultracold quantum gases, based on a single-photon optical clock transition coupling two long-lived electronic states of two-electron $^{173}$Yb atoms. By mapping the electronic states onto effective sites along a synthetic "electronic" dimension, we have engineered synthetic fermionic ladders with tunable magnetic fluxes. We have detected the spin-orbit coupling with fiber-link-enhanced clock spectroscopy and directly measured the emergence of chiral edge currents, probing them as a function of the magnetic field flux. These results open new directions for the investigation of topological states of matter with ultracold atomic gases.

  15. Accurate potential energy functions, non-adiabatic and spin-orbit couplings in the ZnH+ system

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    Liang, Guiying; Liu, Xiaoting; Zhang, Xiaomei; Xu, Haifeng; Yan, Bing

    2016-03-01

    A high-level ab initio calculation on the ZnH+ cation has been carried out with the multi-reference configuration interaction method plus Davison correction (MRCI + Q). The scalar relativistic effect is included by using the Douglas-Kroll-Hess (DKH) method. The calculated potential energy curves (PECs) of the 7 Λ-S states are associated with the dissociation limits of Zn+(2Sg) + H(2Sg), Zn(1Sg) + H+(1Sg), and Zn+(2Pu) + H(2Sg), respectively (The Λ-S state is labeled as 2S + 1Λ, in which Λ is the quantum number for the projection along the internuclear axis of the total electronic orbital angular momentum and S is the total electron spin). The spectroscopic constants of the bound states are determined and in good agreement with the available theoretical and experimental results. The permanent dipole moments (PDMs) of Λ-S states and the spin-orbit (SO) matrix elements between Λ-S states are also computed. The results show that the abrupt changes of the PDMs and SO matrix elements come into being for the reason of the avoided crossing between the states with the same symmetry. In addition, the non-adiabatic couplings matrix elements between Λ-S states are also evaluated. Finally, the spin-orbit couplings (SOCs) for the low-lying states are considered with Breit-Pauli operator. The SOC effect makes the 7 Λ-S states of the ZnH+ cation split into 12 Ω states (Ω = Λ + Sz, in which Sz is projection of the total electron spin S along the internuclear Z-axis). For the (3)0+ state, the two energy minima exhibit in the potential, which could be attributed to the formation of the new avoided crossing point. The transition dipole moments (TDMs), Franck-Condon factors, and the radiative lifetimes of the selected transitions (2)0+-X0+, (3)0+-X0+, (2)1-X0+ and (3)1-X0+ have been reported.

  16. Accurate potential energy functions, non-adiabatic and spin-orbit couplings in the ZnH(+) system.

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    Liang, Guiying; Liu, Xiaoting; Zhang, Xiaomei; Xu, Haifeng; Yan, Bing

    2016-03-05

    A high-level ab initio calculation on the ZnH(+) cation has been carried out with the multi-reference configuration interaction method plus Davison correction (MRCI+Q). The scalar relativistic effect is included by using the Douglas-Kroll-Hess (DKH) method. The calculated potential energy curves (PECs) of the 7 Λ-S states are associated with the dissociation limits of Zn(+)((2)Sg)+H((2)Sg), Zn((1)Sg)+H(+)((1)Sg), and Zn(+)((2)Pu)+H((2)Sg), respectively (The Λ-S state is labeled as (2S+1)Λ, in which Λ is the quantum number for the projection along the internuclear axis of the total electronic orbital angular momentum and S is the total electron spin). The spectroscopic constants of the bound states are determined and in good agreement with the available theoretical and experimental results. The permanent dipole moments (PDMs) of Λ-S states and the spin-orbit (SO) matrix elements between Λ-S states are also computed. The results show that the abrupt changes of the PDMs and SO matrix elements come into being for the reason of the avoided crossing between the states with the same symmetry. In addition, the non-adiabatic couplings matrix elements between Λ-S states are also evaluated. Finally, the spin-orbit couplings (SOCs) for the low-lying states are considered with Breit-Pauli operator. The SOC effect makes the 7 Λ-S states of the ZnH(+) cation split into 12 Ω states (Ω=Λ+Sz, in which Sz is projection of the total electron spin S along the internuclear Z-axis). For the (3)0(+) state, the two energy minima exhibit in the potential, which could be attributed to the formation of the new avoided crossing point. The transition dipole moments (TDMs), Franck-Condon factors, and the radiative lifetimes of the selected transitions (2)0(+)-X0(+), (3)0(+)-X0(+), (2)1-X0(+) and (3)1-X0(+) have been reported.

  17. A theoretical study of the ground state and lowest excited states of PuO0/+/+2 and PuO20/+/+2

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    Gibson, John K.; La Macchia, Giovanni; Infante, Ivan; Gagliardi, Laura; Raab, Juraj

    2008-12-08

    The ground and excited states of neutral and cationic PuO and PuO2 have been studied with multiconfigurational quantum chemical methods followed by second order perturbation theory, the CASSCF/CASPT2 method. Scalar relativistic effects and spin-orbit coupling have been included in the treatment. As literature values for the ionization energy of PuO2 are in the wide range of ~;;6.6 eV to ~;;10.1 eV, a central goal of the computations was to resolve these discrepancies; the theoretical results indicate that the ionization energy is near the lower end of this range. The calculated ionization energies for PuO, PuO+ and PuO2+ are in good agreement with the experimental values.

  18. Spin-orbit and electron correlation effects on the structure of EF3 (E = I, At, and element 117).

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    Kim, Hyoseok; Choi, Yoon Jeong; Lee, Yoon Sup

    2008-12-18

    Structures and vibrational frequencies of group 17 fluorides EF3 (E = I, At, and element 117) are calculated at the density functional theory (DFT) level of theory using relativistic effective core potentials (RECPs) with and without spin-orbit terms in order to investigate the effects of spin-orbit interactions and electron correlations on the structures and vibrational frequencies of EF3. Various tests imply that spin-orbit and electron correlation effects estimated presently from Hartree-Fock (HF) and DFT calculations with RECPs with and without spin-orbit terms are quite reasonable. Spin-orbit and electron correlation effects generally increase bond lengths and/or angles in both C2v and D3h structures. For IF3, the C2v structure is a global minimum, and the D3h structure is a second-order saddle point in both HF and DFT calculations with and without spin-orbit interactions. Spin-orbit effects for IF3 are negligible in comparison to electron correlation effects. The D3h global minimum is the only minimum structure for (117)F3 in all RECP calculations, and the C2v structure is neither a local minimum nor a saddle point. In the case of AtF3, the C2v structure is found to be a local minimum in all RECP calculations without spin-orbit terms, and the D3h structure becomes a local minimum at the DFT level of theory with and without spin-orbit interactions. In the HF calculation with spin-orbit terms, the D3h structure of AtF3 is a second-order saddle point. AtF3 is a borderline case between the valence-shell-electron-pair-repulsion (VSEPR) structure of IF3 and the non-VSEPR structure of (117)F3. Relativistic effects, including scalar relativistic and spin-orbit effects, and electron correlation effects together or separately stabilize the D3h structures more than the C2v structures. As a result, one may suggest that the VSEPR predictions agree very well with the structures optimized by the nonrelativistic HF level of theory even for heavy-atom molecules but not so

  19. Experimental study of the two-body spin-orbit force

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    Burgunder, G; Nowacki, F; Giron, S; Hammache, F; Moukaddam, M; eville, N De S er; Beaumel, D; aceres, L C; ément, E Cl; Duchêne, G; Ebran, J P; Fernandez-Dominguez, B; Flavigny, F; Franchoo, S; Gibelin, J; Gillibert, A; évy, S Gr; Guillot, J; Lapoux, V; Lepailleur, A; Matea, I; Matta, A; Nalpas, L; Obertelli, A; Otsuka, T; Pancin, J; Poves, A; Raabe, R; Scarpaci, J A; Stefan, I; Stodel, C; Suzuki, T; Thomas, J C

    2014-01-01

    Energies and spectroscopic factors of the first $7/2^-$, $3/2^-$, $1/2^-$ and $5/2^-$ states in the $^{35}$Si$_{21}$ nucleus were determined by means of the (d,p) transfer reaction in inverse kinematics at GANIL using the MUST2 and EXOGAM detectors. By comparing the spectroscopic information on the $^{35}$Si and $^{37}$S isotones, a reduction of the $p_{3/2} - p_{1/2}$ spin-orbit splitting by about 25% is proposed, while the $f_{7/2} -f_{5/2}$ spin-orbit splitting seems to remain constant. These features, derived after having unfolded nuclear correlations using shell model calculations, have been attributed to the properties of the 2-body spin-orbit interaction, the amplitude of which is derived for the first time in an atomic nucleus. The present results, remarkably well reproduced by using several realistic nucleon-nucleon forces, provide a unique touchstone for the modeling of the spin-orbit interaction in atomic nuclei.

  20. Statistical properties of spectra in harmonically trapped spin-orbit coupled systems

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    V. Marchukov, O.; G. Volosniev, A.; V. Fedorov, D.;

    2014-01-01

    distributions. The Brody and Wigner distributions characterize irregular motion and help identify quantum chaotic systems. We present a special choices of deformation and spin-orbit strengths without the Zeeman term which provide a fair reproduction of the fourth-power repelling Wigner distribution. By adding...

  1. Spin-orbit interaction and asymmetry effects on Kondo ridges at finite magnetic field

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    Grap, Stephan; Andergassen, Sabine; Paaske, Jens;

    2011-01-01

    We study electron transport through a serial double quantum dot with Rashba spin-orbit interaction (SOI) and Zeeman field of amplitude B in the presence of local Coulomb repulsion. The linear conductance as a function of a gate voltage Vg equally shifting the levels on both dots shows two B=0 Kon...

  2. Spin-orbit effects in carbon-nanotube double quantum dots

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    Weiss, S; Rashba, E I; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand;

    2010-01-01

    We study the energy spectrum of symmetric double quantum dots in narrow-gap carbon nanotubes with one and two electrostatically confined electrons in the presence of spin-orbit and Coulomb interactions. Compared to GaAs quantum dots, the spectrum exhibits a much richer structure because of the sp...

  3. Spin-orbit coupled two-electron Fermi gases of ytterbium atoms

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    Song, Bo; Zhang, Shanchao; Zou, Yueyang; Haciyev, Elnur; Huang, Wei; Liu, Xiong-Jun; Jo, Gyu-Boong

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in a two-electron Fermi gas of $^{173}$Yb atoms by coupling two hyperfine ground states via the two-photon Raman transition. Due to the SU($N$) symmetry of the $^1$S$_0$ ground-state manifold which is insensitive to external magnetic field, an optical AC Stark effect is applied to split the ground spin states and separate an effective spin-1/2 subspace out from other hyperfine levels for the realization of SOC. With a momentum-dependent spin-orbit gap being suddenly opened by switching on the Raman transition, the dephasing of spin dynamics is observed, as a consequence of the momentum-dependent Rabi oscillations. Moreover, the momentum asymmetry of the spin-orbit coupled Fermi gas is also examined after projection onto the bare spin state and the corresponding momentum distribution is measured for different two-photon detuning. The realization of SOC for Yb fermions may open a new avenue to the study of novel spin-orbit physics with alkaline-earth-like atoms.

  4. Spin Filtering in a Nanowire Superlattice by Dresselhause Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Samad Javidan

    2011-01-01

    @@ An InAs/GaSb nanowire Superlattice using GaAs for the impure layers is proposed.Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling eliminates spin degeneracy, induces one miniband in the superlattices to split into two minibands and leads to complete spin polarization and excellent filtering by optimizing the well and barrier widths and GaAs layer distances.

  5. Spin-orbit torques in locally and globally noncentrosymmetric crystals: Antiferromagnets and ferromagnets

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    Železný, J.; Gao, H.; Manchon, Aurélien; Freimuth, Frank; Mokrousov, Yuriy; Zemen, J.; Mašek, J.; Sinova, Jairo; Jungwirth, T.

    2017-01-01

    One of the main obstacles that prevents practical applications of antiferromagnets is the difficulty of manipulating the magnetic order parameter. Recently, following the theoretical prediction [J. Železný et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 157201 (2014)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.157201, the electrical switching of magnetic moments in an antiferromagnet was demonstrated [P. Wadley et al., Science 351, 587 (2016)], 10.1126/science.aab1031. The switching is due to the so-called spin-orbit torque, which has been extensively studied in ferromagnets. In this phenomena a nonequilibrium spin-polarization exchange coupled to the ordered local moments is induced by current, hence exerting a torque on the order parameter. Here we give a general systematic analysis of the symmetry of the spin-orbit torque in locally and globally noncentrosymmetric crystals. We study when the symmetry allows for a nonzero torque, when is the torque effective, and its dependence on the applied current direction and orientation of magnetic moments. For comparison, we consider both antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orders. In two representative model crystals we perform microscopic calculations of the spin-orbit torque to illustrate its symmetry properties and to highlight conditions under which the spin-orbit torque can be efficient for manipulating antiferromagnetic moments.

  6. Self-current induced spin-orbit torque in FeMn/Pt multilayers

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    Xu, Yanjun; Yang, Yumeng; Yao, Kui; Xu, Baoxi; Wu, Yihong

    2016-05-01

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of spin-orbit torque in ferromagnetic metal/heavy metal bilayers and exploitation of it for magnetization switching using an in-plane current. As the spin-orbit torque is inversely proportional to the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer, sizable effect has only been realized in bilayers with an ultrathin ferromagnetic layer. Here we demonstrate that, by stacking ultrathin Pt and FeMn alternately, both ferromagnetic properties and current induced spin-orbit torque can be achieved in FeMn/Pt multilayers without any constraint on its total thickness. The critical behavior of these multilayers follows closely three-dimensional Heisenberg model with a finite Curie temperature distribution. The spin torque effective field is about 4 times larger than that of NiFe/Pt bilayer with a same equivalent NiFe thickness. The self-current generated spin torque is able to switch the magnetization reversibly without the need for an external field or a thick heavy metal layer. The removal of both thickness constraint and necessity of using an adjacent heavy metal layer opens new possibilities for exploiting spin-orbit torque for practical applications.

  7. Dirac-fermions in graphene d-wave superconducting heterojunction with the spin orbit interaction

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    Wang, Juntao; Wang, Andong; Zhang, Rui; Sun, Deng; Yang, Yanling

    2017-09-01

    In this study, based on the Dirac-Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, we theoretically investigate the interaction effect between the anisotropic d-wave pairing symmetry and the spin orbit interaction (the Rashba spin orbit interaction (RSOI) and the Dresselhaus spin orbit interaction (DSOI)) in a graphene superconducting heterojunction. We find that the spin orbit interaction (SOI) plays a critical role on the tunneling conductance in the pristine case, but minimally affecting the tunneling conductance in the heavily doped case. As for the zero bias state, in contrast to the keep intact feature in the heavily doped case, it exhibits a distinct dependence on the RSOI and the DSOI in the pristine case. In particular, the damage of the zero bias state with a slight DSOI results in the disappearance of the zero bias conductance peak. Moreover, the tunneling conductances also show a qualitative difference with respect to the RSOI when both the RSOI and the DSOI are finite. These remarkable results suggest that the SOI and the anisotropic superconducting gap can be regarded as a key tool for diagnosing the specular Andreev reflection.

  8. Electric-field-induced interferometric resonance of a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled electron

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    Fan, Jingtao; Chen, Yuansen; Chen, Gang; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang; Nori, Franco

    2016-01-01

    The efficient control of electron spins is of crucial importance for spintronics, quantum metrology, and quantum information processing. We theoretically formulate an electric mechanism to probe the electron spin dynamics, by focusing on a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled nanowire quantum dot. Owing to the existence of spin-orbit coupling and a pulsed electric field, different spin-orbit states are shown to interfere with each other, generating intriguing interference-resonant patterns. We also reveal that an in-plane magnetic field does not affect the interval of any neighboring resonant peaks, but contributes a weak shift of each peak, which is sensitive to the direction of the magnetic field. We find that this proposed external-field-controlled scheme should be regarded as a new type of quantum-dot-based interferometry. This interferometry has potential applications in precise measurements of relevant experimental parameters, such as the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit-coupling strengths, as well as the Landé factor. PMID:27966598

  9. (DARPA) Topologically Protected Quantum Information Processing In Spin-Orbit Compled Semiconductors

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    2013-12-17

    8) “ aj rana ferm ns and t p l gical quantum computing using semiconductor- superc nduct r heter structures”, - Tata Institute of Fundamental...Graphene, Nano Letters, 12, 2032 (2012), 36) Ming Gong, Gang Chen, Suotang Jia, Chuanwei Zhang, Searching for Majorana Fermions in 2D Spin-orbit

  10. Spin-orbit-induced strong coupling of a single spin to a nanomechanical resonator

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    Pályi, András; Struck, P R; Rudner, Mark

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the deflection-induced coupling of an electron spin to vibrational motion due to spin-orbit coupling in suspended carbon nanotube quantum dots. Our estimates indicate that, with current capabilities, a quantum dot with an odd number of electrons can serve as a realiza...

  11. Magnetic and orbital ordering in the iron-based superconductors. Role of spin-orbit coupling

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    Ahn, Felix; Eremin, Ilya [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik III, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany); Knolle, Johannes [Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (Germany); Fernandes, Rafael [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    2015-07-01

    We analyze the magnetic ordering in the iron-based superconductors in presence of spin-orbit coupling. Based on several tight-binding parametrizations of the 3d electron states we show how the spin-orbit coupling introduces the anisotropy of the magnetization of the striped antiferromagnetic state by lifting the degeneracy of all three components of the magnetization m{sub x}, m{sub y} and m{sub z}. The orientation of the magnetic moment is determined by the contribution of the xy, xz, and yz orbitals to the electronic states near the Fermi level of the electron and hole bands and is determined by the electron filling. We find that within an itinerant approach the magnetic ordering is most favorable along the wavevector of the striped AF state. This appears to be a natural consequence of the spin-orbit coupling in the striped AF state where the ferro-orbital order of the xz and yz orbitals is only a consequence of the striped AF order. We further analyze the role of spin-orbit coupling for the C{sub 4} magnetic structure where SDW order parameters with both wavevectors, Q{sub x} = (π,0) and Q{sub y} = (0,π), coexist.

  12. Anomalous Josephson effect induced by spin-orbit interaction and Zeeman effect in semiconductor nanowires

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    Yokoyama, T.; Eto, M.; Nazarov, Y.V.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate theoretically the Josephson junction of semiconductor nanowire with strong spin-orbit (SO) interaction in the presence of magnetic field. By using a tight-binding model, the energy levels En of Andreev bound states are numerically calculated as a function of phase difference φ between

  13. Electric-field-induced interferometric resonance of a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled electron

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    Fan, Jingtao; Chen, Yuansen; Chen, Gang; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang; Nori, Franco

    2016-12-01

    The efficient control of electron spins is of crucial importance for spintronics, quantum metrology, and quantum information processing. We theoretically formulate an electric mechanism to probe the electron spin dynamics, by focusing on a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled nanowire quantum dot. Owing to the existence of spin-orbit coupling and a pulsed electric field, different spin-orbit states are shown to interfere with each other, generating intriguing interference-resonant patterns. We also reveal that an in-plane magnetic field does not affect the interval of any neighboring resonant peaks, but contributes a weak shift of each peak, which is sensitive to the direction of the magnetic field. We find that this proposed external-field-controlled scheme should be regarded as a new type of quantum-dot-based interferometry. This interferometry has potential applications in precise measurements of relevant experimental parameters, such as the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit-coupling strengths, as well as the Landé factor.

  14. Spin-orbit torques in locally and globally noncentrosymmetric crystals: Antiferromagnets and ferromagnets

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    Železný, J.

    2017-01-10

    One of the main obstacles that prevents practical applications of antiferromagnets is the difficulty of manipulating the magnetic order parameter. Recently, following the theoretical prediction [J. Železný, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 157201 (2014)]PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.113.157201, the electrical switching of magnetic moments in an antiferromagnet was demonstrated [P. Wadley, Science 351, 587 (2016)]SCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.aab1031. The switching is due to the so-called spin-orbit torque, which has been extensively studied in ferromagnets. In this phenomena a nonequilibrium spin-polarization exchange coupled to the ordered local moments is induced by current, hence exerting a torque on the order parameter. Here we give a general systematic analysis of the symmetry of the spin-orbit torque in locally and globally noncentrosymmetric crystals. We study when the symmetry allows for a nonzero torque, when is the torque effective, and its dependence on the applied current direction and orientation of magnetic moments. For comparison, we consider both antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orders. In two representative model crystals we perform microscopic calculations of the spin-orbit torque to illustrate its symmetry properties and to highlight conditions under which the spin-orbit torque can be efficient for manipulating antiferromagnetic moments.

  15. Deterministic Spin-Orbit Torque Switching of a Perpendicularly Polarized Magnet Using Wedge Shape of the Magnet

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    Bhowmik, Debanjan; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2016-10-01

    Spin-orbit torque provides an efficient way to switch magnets for low power memory applications by reducing the current density needed to switch the magnetization. Perpendicularly polarized magnets are preferred for high density data storage applications because of their high thermal stability in scaled dimensions. However, spin-orbit torque cannot switch a perpendicularly polarized magnet deterministically from up to down and down to up in the absence of an external magnetic field because spin-orbit torque alone cannot break the symmetry of the system. This poses a severe challenge to the applicability of spin-orbit torque for memory devices. In this paper, we show through micromagnetic simulations that when spin-orbit torque is applied on a magnet with a wedge shape, the moments of the magnet are aligned in-plane. On removal of the spin-orbit torque the moments deterministically evolve to vertically upward or downward direction because the anisotropy axis of the magnet is tilted away from the vertical direction owing to the wedge shape of the magnet. Thus, spin-orbit torque driven deterministic switching of the magnet in the absence of an external magnetic field is possible.

  16. Spin-orbit interaction induced current dip in a single quantum dot coupled to a spin

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    Giavaras, G.

    2017-03-01

    Experiments on semiconductor quantum dot systems have demonstrated the coupling between electron spins in quantum dots and spins localized in the neighboring area of the dots. Here we show that in a magnetic field the electrical current flowing through a single quantum dot tunnel-coupled to a spin displays a dip at the singlet-triplet anticrossing point which appears due to the spin-orbit interaction. We specify the requirements for which the current dip is formed and examine the properties of the dip for various system parameters, such as energy detuning, spin-orbit interaction strength, and coupling to leads. We suggest a parameter range in which the dip could be probed.

  17. Phase transition in IrTe2 induced by spin-orbit coupling

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    Koley, S.

    2016-12-01

    IrTe2 has been renewed as an interesting system showing competing phenomenon between a questionable density-wave transition near 270 K followed by superconductivity with doping of high atomic number materials. Higher atomic numbers of Te and Ir supports strong spin-orbital coupling in this system. Using dynamical mean field theory with LDA band structure I have introduced Rashba spin orbit coupling in this system to get the interpretation for anomalous resistivity and related transition in this system. While no considerable changes are observed in DMFT results of Ir-5d band other than orbital selective pseudogap 'pinned' to Fermi level, Te-p band shows a van Hove singularity at the Fermi level except low temperature. Finally I discuss the implications of these results in theoretical understanding of ordering in IrTe2.

  18. Spin-Orbit Interaction in Optics: Coriolis Effect and Unified Geometric Phase

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    Bliokh, Konstantin; Kleiner, Vladimir; Hasman, Erez

    2008-01-01

    We examine the spin-orbit coupling effects that appear when a wave carrying intrinsic angular momentum interacts with a medium. The Berry phase is shown to be a manifestation of the Coriolis effect in a non-inertial reference frame attached to the wave. In the most general case, when both the direction of propagation and the state of the wave are varied, the phase is given by a simple expression that unifies the spin redirection Berry phase and the Pancharatnam--Berry phase. The theory is supported by the experiment demonstrating the spin-orbit coupling of electromagnetic waves via a surface plasmon nano-structure. The measurements verify the unified geometric phase, demonstrated by the observed polarization-dependent shift (spin-Hall effect) of the waves.

  19. Controllable spin-orbit couplings of trapped electrons for distant quantum manipulations

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    Zhang, Miao

    2012-01-01

    Spin-orbit interactions of carriers yield various many-body quantum effects in the semiconducting physics. Here, we propose an approach to coherently manipulate spin-orbit interactions of electrons trapped on the liquid Helium at a single quantum level. The configuration consists of single electrons, confined individually on the liquid Helium by the micro-electrodes, moving along the surface as the harmonic oscillators. The spin of an electron could be coupled to its orbit (i.e., the vibrational motion) by properly applying a magnetic field. Interestingly, a Jaynes-Cummings (JC) type interaction between the spin of an electron and the vibrational motion of another distant electron is induced by virtually exciting the vibrational motion of the electron. With the present JC model, the quantum information processing between the spin qubits of the distant electrons could be effectively realized without moving the electrons. The proposal could be generlizedly applied to the other Fermi-Bosonic systems.

  20. Universal trimers emerging from a spin-orbit-coupled Fermi sea

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    Qiu, Xingze; Cui, Xiaoling; Yi, Wei

    2016-11-01

    We report the existence of a universal trimer state induced by an impurity interacting with a two-component spin-orbit-coupled Fermi gas in two dimensions. In the zero-density limit with a vanishing Fermi sea, the trimer is stabilized by the symmetry of the single-particle spectrum under spin-orbit coupling, and is therefore universal against the short-range details of the interaction potential. When the Fermi energy increases, we show that the trimer is further stabilized by particle-hole fluctuations over a considerable parameter region. We map out the phase diagram consisting of trimers, dimers, and polarons, and discuss the detection of these states using radio-frequency spectroscopy. The universal trimer revealed in our work is a direct manifestation of intriguing three-body correlations emerging from a many-body environment, which, in our case, is cooperatively supported by the single-particle spectral symmetry and the collective particle-hole excitations.

  1. Tuning Electron Spin States in Quantum Dots by Spin-Orbit Interactions

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    LIU Yu; CHENG Fang

    2011-01-01

    @@ We theoretically investigate the influence of both Rashba spin-orbit interaction (RSOI) and Dresselhaus spin- orbit interaction (DSOI) on electron spin states, electron distribution and the optical absorption of a quantum dot.Our theoretical results show that the interplay between RSOI and DSOI results in an effective periodic potential, which consequently breaks the rotational symmetry and makes the quantum dot behave like two laterally coupled quantum dots.In the presence of RSOI and/or DSOI the spin is no longer a conserved quantity and its magnitude can be tuned by changing the strength of RSOI and/or DSOI.By reversing the direction of the perpendicular electric field, we can rotate the spatial distribution.This property provides us with a new way to control quantum states in a quantum dot by electrical means.

  2. Spin Torques in Systems with Spin Filtering and Spin Orbit Interaction

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    Ortiz Pauyac, Christian

    2016-06-19

    In the present thesis we introduce the reader to the field of spintronics and explore new phenomena, such as spin transfer torques, spin filtering, and three types of spin-orbit torques, Rashba, spin Hall, and spin swapping, which have emerged very recently and are promising candidates for a new generation of memory devices in computer technology. A general overview of these phenomena is presented in Chap. 1. In Chap. 2 we study spin transfer torques in tunnel junctions in the presence of spin filtering. In Chap. 3 we discuss the Rashba torque in ferromagnetic films, and in Chap. 4 we study spin Hall effect and spin swapping in ferromagnetic films, exploring the nature of spin-orbit torques based on these mechanisms. Conclusions and perspectives are summarized in Chap. 5.

  3. Spin-orbit effects in carbon-nanotube double quantum dots

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    Weiss, S; Rashba, E I; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand;

    2010-01-01

    We study the energy spectrum of symmetric double quantum dots in narrow-gap carbon nanotubes with one and two electrostatically confined electrons in the presence of spin-orbit and Coulomb interactions. Compared to GaAs quantum dots, the spectrum exhibits a much richer structure because of the spin...... between the dots. For the two-electron regime, the detailed structure of the spin-orbit split energy spectrum is investigated as a function of detuning between the quantum dots in a 22-dimensional Hilbert space within the framework of a single-longitudinal-mode model. We find a competing effect......-orbit interaction that couples the electron's isospin to its real spin through two independent coupling constants. In a single dot, both constants combine to split the spectrum into two Kramers doublets while the antisymmetric constant solely controls the difference in the tunneling rates of the Kramers doublets...

  4. Spin-orbit coupled molecular quantum magnetism realized in inorganic solid.

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    Park, Sang-Youn; Do, S-H; Choi, K-Y; Kang, J-H; Jang, Dongjin; Schmidt, B; Brando, Manuel; Kim, B-H; Kim, D-H; Butch, N P; Lee, Seongsu; Park, J-H; Ji, Sungdae

    2016-09-21

    Molecular quantum magnetism involving an isolated spin state is of particular interest due to the characteristic quantum phenomena underlying spin qubits or molecular spintronics for quantum information devices, as demonstrated in magnetic metal-organic molecular systems, the so-called molecular magnets. Here we report the molecular quantum magnetism realized in an inorganic solid Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 with spin-orbit coupled pseudospin-½ Yb(3+) ions. The magnetization represents the magnetic quantum values of an isolated Yb4 tetrahedron with a total (pseudo)spin 0, 1 and 2. Inelastic neutron scattering results reveal that a large Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction originating from strong spin-orbit coupling of Yb 4f is a key ingredient to explain magnetic excitations of the molecular magnet states. The Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction allows a non-adiabatic quantum transition between avoided crossing energy levels, and also results in unexpected magnetic behaviours in conventional molecular magnets.

  5. Spin-orbit-induced spin splittings in polar transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    Cheng, Yingchun

    2013-06-01

    The Rashba effect in quasi two-dimensional materials, such as noble metal surfaces and semiconductor heterostructures, has been investigated extensively, while interest in real two-dimensional systems has just emerged with the discovery of graphene. We present ab initio electronic structure, phonon, and molecular-dynamics calculations to study the structural stability and spin-orbit-induced spin splitting in the transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers MXY (M = Mo, W and X, Y = S, Se, Te). In contrast to the non-polar systems with X = Y, in the polar systems with X ≠ Y the Rashba splitting at the Γ-point for the uppermost valence band is caused by the broken mirror symmetry. An enhancement of the splitting can be achieved by increasing the spin-orbit coupling and/or the potential gradient. © Copyright EPLA, 2013.

  6. Radical-pair model of magnetoreception with spin-orbit coupling

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    Lambert, Neill; Emary, Clive; Nori, Franco

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism used by migratory birds to orientate themselves using the geomagnetic field is still a mystery in many species. The radical pair mechanism, in which very weak magnetic fields can influence certain types of spin-dependent chemical reactions, leading to biologically observable signals, has recently imposed itself as one of the most promising candidates for certain species. This is thanks both to its extreme sensitivity and its capacity to reproduce results from behavioral studies. Still, in order to gain a directional sensitivity, an anisotropic mechanism is needed. Recent proposals have explored the possibility that such an anisotropy is due to the electron-nucleus hyperfine interaction. In this work we explore a different possibility, in which the anisotropy is due to spin-orbit coupling between the electron spin and its angular momentum. We will show how a spin-orbit-coupling-based magnetic compass can have performances comparable with the usually-studied nuclear-hyperfine based mechanism. Our ...

  7. Persistent Spin and Charge Currents in Open Conducting Ring Subjected to Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    ZHANG Xi-Sua; XIONG Shi-Jie

    2008-01-01

    We investigate persistent charge and spin currents of a one-dimensional ring with Rashba spin-orbit coupling and connected asymmetrically to two external leads spanned with angle (φ)0.Because of the asymmetry of the structure and the spin-reflection,the persistent charge and spin currents can be induced.The magnification of persistent currents can be obtained when tuning the energy of incident electron to the sharp zero and sharp resonance of transmission depending on the Aharonov-Casher (AC) phase due to the spin-orbit coupling and the angle spanned by two leads (φ)0.The general dependence of the charge and spin persistent currents on these parameters is obtained.This suggests a possible method of controlling the magnitude and direction of persistent currents by tuning the AC phase and (φ)0,without the electromagnetic flux though the ring.

  8. Zitterbewegung with spin-orbit coupled ultracold atoms in a fluctuating optical lattice

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    Argonov, V. Yu; Makarov, D. V.

    2016-09-01

    The dynamics of non-interacting ultracold atoms with artificial spin-orbit coupling is considered. Spin-orbit coupling is created using two moving optical lattices with orthogonal polarizations. Our main goal is to study influence of lattice noise on Rabi oscillations. Special attention is paid to the phenomenon of the Zitterbewegung being trembling motion caused by Rabi transitions between states with different velocities. Phase and amplitude fluctuations of lattices are modelled by means of the two-dimensional stochastic Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process, also known as harmonic noise. In the the noiseless case the problem is solved analytically in terms of the momentum representation. It is shown that lattice noise significantly extends duration of the Zitterbewegung as compared to the noiseless case. This effect originates from noise-induced decoherence of Rabi oscillations.

  9. Role of the electromagnetic momentum in the spin-orbit interaction

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    Spavieri, Gianfranco

    2016-12-01

    The role played by the linear and angular momentum of the electromagnetic fields in the understanding of several aspects of quantum mechanics is discussed. A non-relativistic semi-classical model of the spin-orbit interaction, where the electromagnetic interaction energy U is calculated in the frame of the nucleus, is presented. Taking into account the electron hidden momentum P h = c -1 μ × E, the spin-orbit energy splitting turns out to be Δℰ so = (1 / 2) U, the factor 1 / 2 emerging directly by requiring that the energy variation be a minimum. After quantization, the radius of the orbit is found to be spin-dependent, anticipating a feature of the Dirac equation. Finally, a test of the hidden momentum P h , which may corroborate the approaches based on the hidden momentum and related interpretations of electrodynamics, is proposed and shown to be viable with present technology.

  10. Electric Control of Dirac Quasiparticles by Spin-Orbit Torque in an Antiferromagnet

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    Šmejkal, L.; Železný, J.; Sinova, J.; Jungwirth, T.

    2017-03-01

    Spin orbitronics and Dirac quasiparticles are two fields of condensed matter physics initiated independently about a decade ago. Here we predict that Dirac quasiparticles can be controlled by the spin-orbit torque reorientation of the Néel vector in an antiferromagnet. Using CuMnAs as an example, we formulate symmetry criteria allowing for the coexistence of topological Dirac quasiparticles and Néel spin-orbit torques. We identify the nonsymmorphic crystal symmetry protection of Dirac band crossings whose on and off switching is mediated by the Néel vector reorientation. We predict that this concept verified by minimal model and density functional calculations in the CuMnAs semimetal antiferromagnet can lead to a topological metal-insulator transition driven by the Néel vector and to the topological anisotropic magnetoresistance.

  11. Effects of Rashba spin-orbit coupling on the conductance of graphene-based nanoribbons

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    Rashidian, Zeinab; Bayati, Parvin; Lorestaniwiess, Zeinab

    2017-03-01

    The transmission properties of armchair- and zigzag-edged graphene nanoribbon junctions between graphene electrodes are examined by means of the standard nonequilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) technique. The quantum transport of electrons is studied through a monolayer graphene strip in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling that acts as a barrier between the two normal leads. The present work compares the conductances of nanoribbons with zigzag and armchair edges. Since the nature of induced gap for zigzag edge is different from armchair, it is expected to give rise to different types of conductance for each edge. Findings indicate that the Rashba strength has more pronounced influence on armchair ribbons than on zigzag ribbons, and the minimum conductance of 2G0 for nanoribbon remains intact even in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling. It is predicted that controllability of spin transport in the monolayer graphene may contribute to the development of well-known spintronics.

  12. Current induced torques and interfacial spin-orbit coupling: Semiclassical modeling

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    Haney, Paul M.

    2013-05-07

    In bilayer nanowires consisting of a ferromagnetic layer and a nonmagnetic layer with strong spin-orbit coupling, currents create torques on the magnetization beyond those found in simple ferromagnetic nanowires. The resulting magnetic dynamics appear to require torques that can be separated into two terms, dampinglike and fieldlike. The dampinglike torque is typically derived from models describing the bulk spin Hall effect and the spin transfer torque, and the fieldlike torque is typically derived from a Rashba model describing interfacial spin-orbit coupling. We derive a model based on the Boltzmann equation that unifies these approaches. We also consider an approximation to the Boltzmann equation, the drift-diffusion model, that qualitatively reproduces the behavior, but quantitatively differs in some regimes. We show that the Boltzmann equation with physically reasonable parameters can match the torques for any particular sample, but in some cases, it fails to describe the experimentally observed thickness dependencies.

  13. Anisotropic tunneling between spin-polarized tips and substrate with strong spin-orbit coupling

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    Xie, Yonglong; Jeon, Sangjun; Drozdov, Ilya; Li, Jian; Bernevig, Andrei; Yazdani, Ali

    2015-03-01

    The ability to measure spin structure on the nanometer scale has attracted substantial interest for a long time. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM) is an excellent tool for studying fundamental aspect of magnetism at atomic scale. We combine a low temperature STM equipped with a vector magnet and a spin-polarizable tip, to probe superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling such as Pb, which is emerging as a platform for engineering topological superconductivity. We observe anisotropic tunneling conductance between tip and substrate as a function of the angle of applied in-plane magnetic field. This finding suggests that SP-STM may provide a tool to locally measure spin-orbit coupling, even in non-magnetic substrates.

  14. Probing evolution of binaries influenced by the spin-orbit resonances

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    Gupta, Anuradha

    2013-01-01

    We evolve isolated comparable mass spinning compact binaries experiencing Schnittman's post-Newtonian spin-orbit resonances in an inertial frame associated with $\\vek j_0$, the initial direction of the total angular momentum. We show that accurate gravitational wave (GW) measurements of the initial orientations of the two spins and orbital angular momentum from $\\vek j_0$ should allow us to distinguish between the two possible families of spin-orbit resonances. Therefore, these measurements have the potential to provide direct observational evidence of possible binary formation scenarios. The above statements should also apply for binaries that do not remain in a resonant plane when they become detectable by GW interferometers. The resonant plane, characterized by the vanishing scalar triple product involving the two spins and the orbital angular momentum, naturally appears in the one parameter family of equilibrium solutions, discovered by Schnittman. It turns out that inspiral templates for binaries residin...

  15. Traveling Majorana Solitons in a Low-Dimensional Spin-Orbit-Coupled Fermi Superfluid

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    Zou, Peng; Brand, Joachim; Liu, Xia-Ji; Hu, Hui

    2016-11-01

    We investigate traveling solitons of a one- or two-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled Fermi superfluid in both topologically trivial and nontrivial regimes by solving the static and time-dependent Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. We find a critical velocity vh for traveling solitons that is much smaller than the value predicted using the Landau criterion due to spin-orbit coupling. Above vh, our time-dependent simulations in harmonic traps indicate that traveling solitons decay by radiating sound waves. In the topological phase, we predict the existence of peculiar Majorana solitons, which host two Majorana fermions and feature a phase jump of π across the soliton, irrespective of the velocity of travel. These unusual properties of Majorana solitons may open an alternative way to manipulate Majorana fermions for fault-tolerant topological quantum computations.

  16. Magnetotransport signatures of the proximity exchange and spin-orbit couplings in graphene

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    Lee, Jeongsu; Fabian, Jaroslav

    2016-11-01

    Graphene on an insulating ferromagnetic substrate—ferromagnetic insulator or ferromagnetic metal with a tunnel barrier—is expected to exhibit large exchange and spin-orbit couplings due to proximity effects. We use a realistic transport model of charge-disorder scattering and solve the linearized Boltzmann equation numerically exactly for the anisotropic Fermi contours of modified Dirac electrons to find magnetotransport signatures of these proximity effects: proximity anisotropic magnetoresistance, inverse spin-galvanic effect, and the planar Hall resistivity. We establish the corresponding anisotropies due to the exchange and spin-orbit couplings, with respect to the magnetization orientation. We also present parameter maps guiding towards optimal regimes for observing transport magnetoanisotropies in proximity graphene.

  17. Quasi-one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled correlated insulator in a multinuclear coordinated organometallic crystal

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    Merino, J.; Jacko, A. C.; Khosla, A. L.; Powell, B. J.

    2016-11-01

    We show how quasi-one-dimensional correlated insulating states arise at two-thirds filling in organometallic multinuclear coordination complexes described by layered decorated honeycomb lattices. The interplay of spin-orbit coupling and electronic correlations leads to pseudospin-one moments arranged in weakly coupled chains with highly anisotropic exchange and a large trigonal splitting. We show that the in-plane exchange coupling is very different from the interlayer coupling; in particular the latter is much larger, despite the underlying hopping integrals being close to isotropic. Surprisingly, the effective dimensionality of the pseudospin model is strongly dependent on the strength of the electronic correlations: With increasing Hubbard U the pseudospin-one model becomes increasingly one dimensional, even though the crystal is almost isotropic. We predict that the trigonal splitting leads to a quantum phase transition from a Haldane phase to a topologically trivial phase as the relative strength of the spin-orbit coupling increases.

  18. Dirac spin-orbit torques and charge pumping at the surface of topological insulators

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    Ndiaye, Papa B.

    2017-07-07

    We address the nature of spin-orbit torques at the magnetic surfaces of topological insulators using the linear-response theory. We find that the so-called Dirac torques in such systems possess a different symmetry compared to their Rashba counterpart, as well as a high anisotropy as a function of the magnetization direction. In particular, the damping torque vanishes when the magnetization lies in the plane of the topological-insulator surface. We also show that the Onsager reciprocal of the spin-orbit torque, the charge pumping, induces an enhanced anisotropic damping. Via a macrospin model, we numerically demonstrate that these features have important consequences in terms of magnetization switching.

  19. Two-dimensional lattice solitons in polariton condensates with spin-orbit coupling

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    Kartashov, Yaroslav V

    2016-01-01

    We study two-dimensional fundamental and vortex solitons in polariton condensates with spin-orbit coupling and Zeeman splitting evolving in square arrays of microcavity pillars. Due to repulsive excitonic nonlinearity such states are encountered in finite gaps in the spectrum of the periodic array. Spin-orbit coupling between two polarization components stemming from TE-TM energy splitting of the cavity photons acting together with Zeeman splitting lifts the degeneracy between vortex solitons with opposite topological charges and makes their density profiles different for a fixed energy. This results in formation of four distinct families of vortex solitons with topological charges m=+-1, all of which can be stable. At the same time, only two stable families of fundamental gap solitons characterized by domination of different polarization components are encountered.

  20. Chiral Magnetic Effect and Anomalous Hall Effect in Antiferromagnetic Insulators with Spin-Orbit Coupling.

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    Sekine, Akihiko; Nomura, Kentaro

    2016-03-04

    We search for dynamical magnetoelectric phenomena in three-dimensional correlated systems with spin-orbit coupling. We focus on the antiferromagnetic insulator phases where the dynamical axion field is realized by the fluctuation of the antiferromagnetic order parameter. It is shown that the dynamical chiral magnetic effect, an alternating current generation by magnetic fields, emerges due to such time dependences of the order parameter as antiferromagnetic resonance. It is also shown that the anomalous Hall effect arises due to such spatial variations of the order parameter as antiferromagnetic domain walls. Our study indicates that spin excitations in antiferromagnetic insulators with spin-orbit coupling can result in nontrivial charge responses. Moreover, observing the chiral magnetic effect and anomalous Hall effect in our system is equivalent to detecting the dynamical axion field in condensed matter.

  1. Controlled spatial separation of spins and coherent dynamics in spin-orbit-coupled nanostructures

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    Lo, Shun-Tsung; Chen, Chin-Hung; Fan, Ju-Chun; Smith, L. W.; Creeth, G. L.; Chang, Che-Wei; Pepper, M.; Griffiths, J. P.; Farrer, I.; Beere, H. E.; Jones, G. A. C.; Ritchie, D. A.; Chen, Tse-Ming

    2017-07-01

    The spatial separation of electron spins followed by the control of their individual spin dynamics has recently emerged as an essential ingredient in many proposals for spin-based technologies because it would enable both of the two spin species to be simultaneously utilized, distinct from most of the current spintronic studies and technologies wherein only one spin species could be handled at a time. Here we demonstrate that the spatial spin splitting of a coherent beam of electrons can be achieved and controlled using the interplay between an external magnetic field and Rashba spin-orbit interaction in semiconductor nanostructures. The technique of transverse magnetic focusing is used to detect this spin separation. More notably, our ability to engineer the spin-orbit interactions enables us to simultaneously manipulate and probe the coherent spin dynamics of both spin species and hence their correlation, which could open a route towards spintronics and spin-based quantum information processing.

  2. Magnetic properties of parabolic quantum dots in the presence of the spin-orbit interaction

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    Voskoboynikov, O.; Bauga, O.; Lee, C. P.; Tretyak, O.

    2003-11-01

    We present a theoretical study of the effect of the spin-orbit interaction on the electron magnetization and magnetic susceptibility of small semiconductor quantum dots. Those characteristics demonstrate quite interesting behavior at low temperature. The abrupt changes of the magnetization and susceptibility at low magnetic fields are attributed to the alternative crossing between the spin-split electron levels in the energy spectrum, essentially due to the spin-orbit interaction (an analog of the general Paschen-Back effect). Detailed calculation using parameters of InAs semiconductor quantum dot demonstrates an enhancement of paramagnetism of the dots. There is an additional possibility to control the effect by external electric fields or the dot design.

  3. Strongly anisotropic spin-orbit splitting in a two-dimensional electron gas

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    Michiardi, Matteo; Bianchi, Marco; Dendzik, Maciej

    2015-01-01

    Near-surface two-dimensional electron gases on the topological insulator Bi$_2$Te$_2$Se are induced by electron doping and studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. A pronounced spin-orbit splitting is observed for these states. The $k$-dependent splitting is strongly anisotropic...... Rashba Hamiltonian. However, a $\\mathbf{k} \\cdot \\mathbf{p}$ model that includes the possibility of band structure anisotropy as well as both isotropic and anisotropic third order Rashba splitting can explain the results. The isotropic third order contribution to the Rashba Hamiltonian is found...... to be negative, reducing the energy splitting at high $k$. The interplay of band structure, higher order Rashba effect and tuneable doping offers the opportunity to engineer not only the size of the spin-orbit splitting but also its direction....

  4. Hidden long-range order in a two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled Bose gas

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    Su, Shih-Wei; Gou, Shih-Chuan; Liao, Renyuan; Fialko, Oleksandr; Brand, Joachim

    2016-01-01

    A two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled Bose gas is shown to simultaneously possess quasi and true long-range orders in the total and relative phases, respectively. The total phase undergoes a conventional Berenzinskii- Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, where an quasi long-range order is expected. Additionally, the relative phase undergoes an Ising-type transition building up true long-range order, which is induced by the anisotropic spin- orbit coupling. Based on the Bogoliubov approach, expressions for the total- and relative-phase fluctuations are derived analytically for the low temperature regime. Numerical simulations of the stochastic projected Gross- Pitaevskii equation give a good agreement with the analytical predictions.

  5. Effects of Spin-Orbit Coupling on Jaynes-Cummings and Tavis-Cummings Models

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    Zhu, Chuanzhou; Pu, Han

    2016-01-01

    We consider ultracold atoms inside a ring optical cavity that supports a single plane-wave mode. The cavity field, together with an external coherent laser field, drives a two-photon Raman transition between two internal pseudo-spin states of the atom. This gives rise to an effective coupling between atom's pseudo-spin and external center-of-mass (COM) motion. For the case of a single atom inside the cavity, We show how the spin-orbit coupling modifies the static and dynamic properties of the Jaynes-Cummings (JC) model. In the case of many atoms in thermodynamic limit, we show that the spin-orbit coupling modifies the Dicke superradiance phase transition boundary and the non-superradiant normal phase may become reentrant in some regimes.

  6. Valley-dependent spin-orbit torques in two-dimensional hexagonal crystals

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    Li, Hang

    2016-01-11

    We study spin-orbit torques in two-dimensional hexagonal crystals such as graphene, silicene, germanene, and stanene. The torque possesses two components, a fieldlike term due to inverse spin galvanic effect and an antidamping torque originating from Berry curvature in mixed spin-k space. In the presence of staggered potential and exchange field, the valley degeneracy can be lifted and we obtain a valley-dependent Berry curvature, leading to a tunable antidamping torque by controlling the valley degree of freedom. The valley imbalance can be as high as 100% by tuning the bias voltage or magnetization angle. These findings open new venues for the development of current-driven spin-orbit torques by structural design.

  7. Spin-orbit qubits of rare-earth-metal ions in axially symmetric crystal fields.

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    Bertaina, S; Shim, J H; Gambarelli, S; Malkin, B Z; Barbara, B

    2009-11-27

    Contrary to the well-known spin qubits, rare-earth-metal qubits are characterized by a strong influence of crystal field due to large spin-orbit coupling. At low temperature and in the presence of resonance microwaves, it is the magnetic moment of the crystal-field ground state which nutates (for several micros) and the Rabi frequency Omega(R) is anisotropic. Here, we present a study of the variations of Omega(R)(H(0)) with the magnitude and direction of the static magnetic field H(0) for the odd 167Er isotope in a single crystal CaWO(4):Er(3+). The hyperfine interactions split the Omega(R)(H(0)) curve into eight different curves which are fitted numerically and described analytically. These "spin-orbit qubits" should allow detailed studies of decoherence mechanisms which become relevant at high temperature and open new ways for qubit addressing using properly oriented magnetic fields.

  8. Derivation of spin-orbit couplings in collinear linear-response TDDFT: A rigorous formulation

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    Franco de Carvalho, Felipe; Curchod, Basile F. E.; Penfold, Thomas J.; Tavernelli, Ivano

    2014-04-01

    Using an approach based upon a set of auxiliary many-electron wavefunctions we present a rigorous derivation of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) within the framework of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (LR-TDDFT). Our method is based on a perturbative correction of the non-relativistic collinear TDDFT equations using a Breit-Pauli spin-orbit Hamiltonian. The derivation, which is performed within both the Casida and Sternheimer formulations of LR-TDDFT, is valid for any basis set. The requirement of spin noncollinearity for the treatment of spin-flip transitions is also discussed and a possible alternative solution for the description of these transitions in the collinear case is also proposed. Our results are validated by computing the SOC matrix elements between singlet and triplet states of two molecules, formaldehyde and acetone. In both cases, we find excellent agreement with benchmark calculations performed with a high level correlated wavefunction method.

  9. Derivation of spin-orbit couplings in collinear linear-response TDDFT: A rigorous formulation

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    Franco de Carvalho, Felipe; Curchod, Basile F. E.; Tavernelli, Ivano, E-mail: ivano.tavernelli@epfl.ch [Laboratory of Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 (Switzerland); Penfold, Thomas J. [SwissFEL, Paul Scherrer Inst, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland)

    2014-04-14

    Using an approach based upon a set of auxiliary many-electron wavefunctions we present a rigorous derivation of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) within the framework of linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (LR-TDDFT). Our method is based on a perturbative correction of the non-relativistic collinear TDDFT equations using a Breit-Pauli spin-orbit Hamiltonian. The derivation, which is performed within both the Casida and Sternheimer formulations of LR-TDDFT, is valid for any basis set. The requirement of spin noncollinearity for the treatment of spin-flip transitions is also discussed and a possible alternative solution for the description of these transitions in the collinear case is also proposed. Our results are validated by computing the SOC matrix elements between singlet and triplet states of two molecules, formaldehyde and acetone. In both cases, we find excellent agreement with benchmark calculations performed with a high level correlated wavefunction method.

  10. Characteristics of persistent spin current components in a quasi-periodic Fibonacci ring with spin-orbit interactions: Prediction of spin-orbit coupling and on-site energy

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    Patra, Moumita; Maiti, Santanu K.

    2016-12-01

    In the present work we investigate the behavior of all three components of persistent spin current in a quasi-periodic Fibonacci ring subjected to Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions. Analogous to persistent charge current in a conducting ring where electrons gain a Berry phase in presence of magnetic flux, spin Berry phase is associated during the motion of electrons in presence of a spin-orbit field which is responsible for the generation of spin current. The interplay between two spin-orbit fields along with quasi-periodic Fibonacci sequence on persistent spin current is described elaborately, and from our analysis, we can estimate the strength of any one of two spin-orbit couplings together with on-site energy, provided the other is known.

  11. Spin Interference in Rectangle Loop Based on Rashba and Dresselhaus Spin-Orbit Interactions

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    NI Jia-Ting; LIANG Xiao-Wan; CHEN Bin; T.Koga

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the amplitude and spin polarization of AAS oscillation changing with Rashba spin-orbit interaction(SOI)and Dresselhaus SOI.The amplitude and spin polarization of AB oscillation changing with Rashba SOI and Dresselhaus SOI are demonstrated as well.The ideal quasi-one-dimensional square loop does not exist in reality,therefore to match the experiment better we should consider the shape of the rectangle loop in theory.

  12. Conditions of Passage and Entrapment of Terrestrial Planets in Spin-Orbit Resonances

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    2012-06-10

    May 25 ABSTRACT The dynamical evolution of terrestrial planets resembling Mercury in the vicinity of spin-orbit resonances is investigated using... planet and assuming a zero obliquity. We find that a Mercury -like planet with a current value of orbital eccentricity (0.2056) is always captured in... Mercury rarely fails to align itself into this state of unstable equilibrium before it traverses 2:1 resonance. Key words: celestial mechanics – planets

  13. Repulsively interacting fermions in a two-dimensional deformed trap with spin-orbit coupling

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    Marchukov, O. V.; Fedorov, D. V.; Jensen, A. S.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate a two-dimensional system of fermions with two internal (spin) degrees of freedom. It is confined by a deformed harmonic trap and subject to a Zeeman field, Rashba or Dresselhaus one-body spin-orbit couplings and two-body short range repulsion. We obtain self-consistent mean-field $...... that cold atoms may be used to study quantum chaos both in the presence and absence of interactions....

  14. Transport in four-terminal semiconductor nanostructures with Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Thorgilsson, Gunnar [Science Institute, University of Iceland, Dunhagi 3, IS-107 Reykjavik (Iceland); Erlingsson, Sigurdur I, E-mail: gth50@hi.i [School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University, Kringlan 1, IS-103 Reykjavik (Iceland)

    2010-11-01

    We studied spin transport in a four-terminal system with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. Using discretization, we convert the non-equilibrium Green's function equations into matrix equations, which are then solved using the recursive Green's function method. The calculations show that having round edges in the scattering region leads to a more regular spin polarization, indicating that the shape of the scattering region can be used as an additional control for spintronics applications.

  15. Spin-Orbit Interaction of a Photon in AN Inhomogeneous Medium

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    Liberman, V. S.; Zel'Dovich, B. Ya.

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * Transverse Shift of the Circularly Polarized Beam (CPB) due to Refraction * Differential Equations for a Trajectory and Polarization of the Ray. Hamilton's Form of the Equations * Optical Magnus Effect in a Graded-Index Waveguide * Optical Ping-Pong Effect in a Step-Like Index Waveguide * Paraxial Approximation for Maxwell's Equations * Spin-Orbit Corrections to the Paraxial Approximation: Hermitian Interaction Hamiltonian * The Wave Description of the Optical Magnus Effect * Conclusion * Acknowledgement * References

  16. Negative tunnelling magnetoresistance in spin filtering magnetic junctions with spin-orbit coupling

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    Li Yun

    2011-01-01

    We present theoretical calculations of spin transport in spin filtering magnetic tunnelling junctions based on the Landauer-Büttiker formalism and taking into account the spin-orbit coupling (SOC). It is shown that spin-flip scattering induced by SOC is stronger in parallel alignment of magnetization of the ferromegnet barrier (FB) and the ferromagnetic electrode than that in antiparallel case. The increase of negative tunnelling magnetoresistance with bias is in agreement with recent experimental observation.

  17. Nonreciprocal Transverse Photonic Spin and Magnetization-Induced Electromagnetic Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Levy, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    A study of nonreciprocal transverse-spin angular-momentum-density shifts for evanescent waves in magneto-optic waveguide media is presented. Their functional relation to electromagnetic spin- and orbital-momenta is presented and analyzed. It is shown that the magneto-optic gyrotropy can be re-interpreted as the nonreciprocal electromagnetic spin-density shift per unit energy flux, thus providing an interesting alternative physical picture for the magneto-optic gyrotropy. The transverse spin-density shift is found to be thickness-dependent in slab optical waveguides. This dependence is traceable to the admixture of minority helicity components in the transverse spin angular momentum. It is also shown that the transverse spin is magnetically tunable. A formulation of electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling in magneto-optic media is presented, and an alternative source of spin-orbit coupling to non-paraxial optics vortices is proposed. It is shown that magnetization-induced electromagnetic spin-orbit coupling is pos...

  18. Spin-orbital order in the undoped manganite LaMnO3 at finite temperature

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    Snamina, Mateusz; Oleś, Andrzej M.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the evolution of spin and orbital order in undoped LaMnO3 under increasing temperature with a model including both superexchange and Jahn-Teller interactions. We used several cluster mean field calculation schemes and find coexisting A -type antiferromagnetic and C -type alternating orbital order at low temperature. The value of the Jahn-Teller coupling between strongly correlated eg orbitals is estimated from the orbital transition temperature at TOO≃780 K. By a careful analysis of onsite and on-bond correlations, we demonstrate that spin-orbital entanglement is rather weak. We have verified that the magnetic transition temperature is influenced by entangled spin-orbital operators as well as by entangled orbital operators on the bonds, but the errors introduced by decoupling such operators partly compensate each other. Altogether, these results justify why the commonly used disentangled spin-orbital model is so successful in describing the magnetic properties and the temperature dependence of the optical spectral weights for LaMnO3.

  19. A spin-orbit alignment for the hot Jupiter HATS-3b

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    Addison, B. C.; Tinney, C. G.; Wright, D. J. [Exoplanetary Science Group, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Bayliss, D., E-mail: b.addison@unsw.edu.au [Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2611 (Australia)

    2014-09-10

    We have measured the alignment between the orbit of HATS-3b (a recently discovered, slightly inflated Hot Jupiter) and the spin axis of its host star. Data were obtained using the CYCLOPS2 optical-fiber bundle and its simultaneous calibration system feeding the UCLES spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The sky-projected spin-orbit angle of λ = 3° ± 25° was determined from spectroscopic measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. This is the first exoplanet discovered through the HATSouth transit survey to have its spin-orbit angle measured. Our results indicate that the orbital plane of HATS-3b is consistent with being aligned to the spin axis of its host star. The low obliquity of the HATS-3 system, which has a relatively hot mid F-type host star, agrees with the general trend observed for Hot Jupiter host stars with effective temperatures >6250 K to have randomly distributed spin-orbit angles.

  20. Thermal conductivity of local moment models with strong spin-orbit coupling

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    Stamokostas, Georgios L.; Lapas, Panteleimon E.; Fiete, Gregory A.

    2017-02-01

    We study the magnetic and lattice contributions to the thermal conductivity of electrically insulating strongly spin-orbit coupled magnetically ordered phases on a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice using the Kitaev-Heisenberg model. Depending on model parameters, such as the relative strength of the spin-orbit induced anisotropic coupling, a number of magnetically ordered phases are possible. In this work, we study two distinct regimes of thermal transport depending on whether the characteristic energy of the phonons or the magnons dominates, and focus on two different relaxation mechanisms, boundary scattering and magnon-phonon scattering. For spatially anisotropic magnetic phases, the thermal conductivity tensor can be highly anisotropic when the magnetic energy scale dominates, since the magnetic degrees of freedom dominate the thermal transport for temperatures well below the magnetic transition temperature. In the opposite limit in which the phonon energy scale dominates, the thermal conductivity will be nearly isotropic, reflecting the isotropic (at low temperatures) phonon dispersion assumed for the honeycomb lattice. We further discuss the extent to which thermal transport properties are influenced by strong spin-orbit induced anisotropic coupling in the local moment regime of insulating magnetic phases. The developed methodology can be applied to any 2D magnon-phonon system, and more importantly to systems where an analytical Bogoliubov transformation cannot be found and magnon bands are not necessarily isotropic.

  1. Interplay of spin-orbit coupling and superconducting correlations in germanium telluride thin films

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    Narayan, Vijay; Nguyen, Thuy-Anh; Mansell, Rhodri; Ritchie, David [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Mussler, Gregor [Peter Gruenberg Institute (PGI-9), Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425, Juelich (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    There is much current interest in combining superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling in order to induce the topological superconductor phase and associated Majorana-like quasiparticles which hold great promise towards fault-tolerant quantum computing. Experimentally these effects have been combined by the proximity-coupling of super-conducting leads and high spin-orbit materials such as InSb and InAs, or by controlled Cu-doping of topological insu-lators such as Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. However, for practical purposes, a single-phase material which intrinsically displays both these effects is highly desirable. Here we demonstrate coexisting superconducting correlations and spin-orbit coupling in molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown thin films of GeTe. The former is evidenced by a precipitous low-temperature drop in the electrical resistivity which is quelled by a magnetic field, and the latter manifests as a weak antilocalisation (WAL) cusp in the magnetotransport. Our studies reveal several other intriguing features such as the presence of two-dimensional rather than bulk transport channels below 2 K, possible signatures of topological superconductivity, and unexpected hysteresis in the magnetotransport. Our work demonstrates GeTe to be a potential host of topological SC and Majorana-like excitations, and to be a versatile platform to develop quantum information device architectures. (copyright 2016 The Authors. Phys. Status Solidi RRL published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. A state interaction spin-orbit coupling density matrix renormalization group method

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    Sayfutyarova, Elvira R.; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic

    2016-06-01

    We describe a state interaction spin-orbit (SISO) coupling method using density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) wavefunctions and the spin-orbit mean-field (SOMF) operator. We implement our DMRG-SISO scheme using a spin-adapted algorithm that computes transition density matrices between arbitrary matrix product states. To demonstrate the potential of the DMRG-SISO scheme we present accurate benchmark calculations for the zero-field splitting of the copper and gold atoms, comparing to earlier complete active space self-consistent-field and second-order complete active space perturbation theory results in the same basis. We also compute the effects of spin-orbit coupling on the spin-ladder of the iron-sulfur dimer complex [Fe2S2(SCH3)4]3-, determining the splitting of the lowest quartet and sextet states. We find that the magnitude of the zero-field splitting for the higher quartet and sextet states approaches a significant fraction of the Heisenberg exchange parameter.

  3. Spin-Orbit-Torque Efficiency in Compensated Ferrimagnetic Cobalt-Terbium Alloys

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    Finley, Joseph; Liu, Luqiao

    2016-11-01

    Despite the potential advantages of information storage in antiferromagnetically coupled materials, it remains unclear whether one can control the magnetic-moment orientation efficiently because of the canceled magnetic moment. Here, we report spin-orbit-torque-induced magnetization switching of ferrimagnetic Co1 -xTbx films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Current-induced switching is demonstrated in all of the studied film compositions, including those near the magnetization compensation point. The spin-orbit-torque-induced effective field is further quantified in the domain-wall motion regime. A divergent behavior that scales with the inverse of magnetic moment is confirmed close to the compensation point, which is consistent with angular momentum conservation. Moreover, we also quantify the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction energy in the Ta /Co1 -xTbx system and we find that the energy density increases as a function of the Tb concentration. The demonstrated spin-orbit-torque switching, in combination with the fast magnetic dynamics and minimal net magnetization of ferrimagnetic alloys, promises spintronic devices that are faster and with higher density than traditional ferromagnetic systems.

  4. A state interaction spin-orbit coupling density matrix renormalization group method.

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    Sayfutyarova, Elvira R; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic

    2016-06-21

    We describe a state interaction spin-orbit (SISO) coupling method using density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) wavefunctions and the spin-orbit mean-field (SOMF) operator. We implement our DMRG-SISO scheme using a spin-adapted algorithm that computes transition density matrices between arbitrary matrix product states. To demonstrate the potential of the DMRG-SISO scheme we present accurate benchmark calculations for the zero-field splitting of the copper and gold atoms, comparing to earlier complete active space self-consistent-field and second-order complete active space perturbation theory results in the same basis. We also compute the effects of spin-orbit coupling on the spin-ladder of the iron-sulfur dimer complex [Fe2S2(SCH3)4](3-), determining the splitting of the lowest quartet and sextet states. We find that the magnitude of the zero-field splitting for the higher quartet and sextet states approaches a significant fraction of the Heisenberg exchange parameter.

  5. A long-lived spin-orbit-coupled degenerate dipolar Fermi gas

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    Burdick, Nathaniel Q; Lev, Benjamin L

    2016-01-01

    We describe the creation of a long-lived spin-orbit-coupled gas of quantum degenerate atoms using the most magnetic fermionic element, dysprosium. Spin-orbit-coupling arises from a synthetic gauge field created by the adiabatic following of degenerate dressed states comprised of optically coupled components of an atomic spin. Because of dysprosium's large electronic orbital angular momentum and large magnetic moment, the lifetime of the gas is limited not by spontaneous emission from the light-matter coupling, as for gases of alkali-metal atoms, but by dipolar relaxation of the spin. This relaxation is suppressed at large magnetic fields due to Fermi statistics. We observe lifetimes up to 400 ms, which exceeds that of spin-orbit-coupled fermionic alkali atoms by a factor of 10-100, and is close to the value obtained from a theoretical model. Elastic dipolar interactions are also observed to influence the Rabi evolution of the spin, revealing an interacting fermionic system. The long lifetime of this weakly in...

  6. Anisotropic spin model of strong spin-orbit-coupled triangular antiferromagnets

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    Li, Yao-Dong; Wang, Xiaoqun; Chen, Gang

    2016-07-01

    Motivated by the recent experimental progress on the strong spin-orbit-coupled rare-earth triangular antiferromagnet, we analyze the highly anisotropic spin model that describes the interaction between the spin-orbit-entangled Kramers' doublet local moments on the triangular lattice. We apply the Luttinger-Tisza method, the classical Monte Carlo simulation, and the self-consistent spin wave theory to analyze the anisotropic spin Hamiltonian. The classical phase diagram includes the 120∘ state and two distinct stripe-ordered phases. The frustration is very strong and significantly suppresses the ordering temperature in the regimes close to the phase boundary between two ordered phases. Going beyond the semiclassical analysis, we include the quantum fluctuations of the spin moments within a self-consistent Dyson-Maleev spin-wave treatment. We find that the strong quantum fluctuations melt the magnetic order in the frustrated regions. We explore the magnetic excitations in the three different ordered phases as well as in strong magnetic fields. Our results provide a guidance for the future theoretical study of the generic model and are broadly relevant for strong spin-orbit-coupled triangular antiferromagnets such as YbMgGaO4, RCd3P3 , RZn3P3 , RCd3As3 , RZn3As3 , and R2O2CO3 .

  7. Spin Orbit Torque in TbCo Films with Bulk Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Ueda, Kohei; Mann, Maxwell; Tan, Aik-Jun; Beach, Geoffrey. S. D.

    Spin-orbit torque (SOT) has generated considerable interest for manipulating magnetization in spintronic devices with ultra-low dissipation. Recent research has demonstrated that highly efficient magnetization control can be driven by current-induced SOT in ferromagnet/heavy metals bilayers with strong spin orbit coupling. However, most work on SOT has focused on ultra-thin magnetic films with interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), whereas future devices will require bulk PMA for sufficient thermal stability. Recently, Zhao et al reported SOT induced magnetization switching in a bulk PMA material; however, the films examined were still rather thin. Here we examine spin orbit torques in TbCo alloy films with bulk PMA, sandwiched between top and bottom Ta layers. By performing conventional harmonic and current-induced switching measurements, we quantified the current-induced effective fields generated by damping-like (DL) and field-like (FL) torques. The DL torque is much larger than FL torque, and corresponds to an effective spin Hall angle consistent with that of Ta. Owing to the relatively small saturation magnetized of these ferrimagnetic materials, the current-induced effective field is comparable to that observed in nm-thick Co films, despite the much larger film thicknesses used here. These results demonstrate ferromagnetic alloys with bulk PMA can be engineered to simultaneously provide thermal stability and efficient SOT switching.

  8. Spin-Orbit Coupling and Multiple phases in Spin-Triplet Superconductor Sr2RuO4

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    Yanase, Youichi; Takamatsu, Shuhei; Udagawa, Masafumi

    2014-06-01

    We study the spin-orbit coupling in spin-triplet Cooper pairs and clarify multiple superconducting (SC) phases in Sr2RuO4. Based on the analysis of the three-orbital Hubbard model with atomic LS coupling, we show some selection rules of the spin-orbit coupling in Cooper pairs. The spin-orbit coupling is small when the two-dimensional γ-band is the main cause of the superconductivity, although the LS coupling is much larger than the SC gap. Considering this case, we investigate multiple SC transitions in the magnetic fields for both H || [001] and H || [100] using the Ginzburg-Landau theory and the quasi-classical theory. Rich phase diagrams are obtained because the spin degree of freedom in Cooper pairs is not quenched by the spin-orbit coupling. Experimental indications for the multiple phases in Sr2RuO4 are discussed.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of magnetic configurations of graphene-like nanoribbons in the presence of Rashba and spin-orbit interactions

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    Wierzbicki, Michal

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we investigate the influence of spin-orbit interaction and two types of Rashba interaction (intrinsic and extrinsic) on magnetic and thermoelectric properties of graphene-like zigzag nanoribbons based on the honeycomb lattice. We utilize the Kane-Mele model with additional Rashba interaction terms. Magnetic structure is described by the electron-electron Coulomb repulsion reduced to the on-site interaction (Hubbard term) in the mean field approximation. We consider four types of magnetic configurations: ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic with in-plane and out-of plane direction of magnetization. Firstly, we analyze the influence of extrinsic Rashba coupling on systems with negligible spin-orbit interaction, e.g. graphene of an appropriate substrate. Secondly, we discuss the interplay between spin-orbit and intrinsic Rashba interactions. This part is relevant to materials with significant spin-orbit coupling such as silicene and stanene.

  10. Vortex Dynamics in a Spin-Orbit-Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Fetter, Alexander L.

    2015-07-01

    Vortices in a one-component dilute atomic ultracold Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) usually arise as a response to externally driven rotation. Apart from a few special situations, these vortices are singly quantized with unit circulation (Fetter, Rev Mod Phys 81, 647-691, 2009). Recently, the NIST group has constructed a two-component BEC with a spin-orbit-coupled Hamiltonian involving Pauli matrices (Spielman, Phys Rev A 79, 063613, 2009; Y.-J. Lin et al., Nature 462, 628-632, 2009; Y.-J. Lin et al., Nature 471, 83-87, 2011), and I here study the dynamics of a two-component vortex in such a spin-orbit-coupled condensate. These spin-orbit-coupled BECs use an applied magnetic field to split the hyperfine levels. Hence, they rely on a focused laser beam to trap the atoms. In addition, two Raman laser beams create an effective (or synthetic) gauge potential. The resulting spin-orbit Hamiltonian is discussed in some detail. The various laser beams are fixed in the laboratory, so that it is not feasible to nucleate a vortex by an applied rotation that would need to rotate all the laser beams and the magnetic field. In a one-component BEC, a vortex can also be created by a thermal quench, starting from the normal state and suddenly cooling deep into the condensed state (Freilich et al., Science 329, 1182-1185, 2010). I propose that a similar method would work for a vortex in a spin-orbit-coupled BEC. Such a vortex has two components, and each has its own circulation quantum number (typically ). If both components have the same circulation, I find that the composite vortex should execute uniform precession, like that observed in a single-component BEC (Freilich et al., Science 329, 1182-1185, 2010). In contrast, if one component has unit circulation and the other has zero circulation, then some fraction of the dynamical vortex trajectories should eventually leave the condensate, providing clear experimental evidence for this unusual vortex structure. In the context of

  11. Electric field controlled spin interference in a system with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available There have been intense research efforts over the last years focused on understanding the Rashba spin-orbit coupling effect from the perspective of possible spintronics applications. An important component of this line of research is aimed at control and manipulation of electron’s spin degrees of freedom in semiconductor quantum dot devices. A promising way to achieve this goal is to make use of the tunable Rashba effect that relies on the spin-orbit interaction in a two-dimensional electron system embedded in a host semiconducting material that lacks inversion-symmetry. This way, the Rashba spin-orbit coupling effect may potentially lead to fabrication of a new generation of spintronic devices where control of spin, thus magnetic properties, is achieved via an electric field and not a magnetic field. In this work we investigate theoretically the electron’s spin interference and accumulation process in a Rashba spin-orbit coupled system consisting of a pair of two-dimensional semiconductor quantum dots connected to each other via two conducting semi-circular channels. The strength of the confinement energy on the quantum dots is tuned by gate potentials that allow “leakage” of electrons from one dot to another. While going through the conducting channels, the electrons are spin-orbit coupled to a microscopically generated electric field applied perpendicular to the two-dimensional system. We show that interference of spin wave functions of electrons travelling through the two channels gives rise to interference/conductance patterns that lead to the observation of the geometric Berry’s phase. Achieving a predictable and measurable observation of Berry’s phase allows one to control the spin dynamics of the electrons. It is demonstrated that this system allows use of a microscopically generated electric field to control Berry’s phase, thus, enables one to tune the spin-dependent interference pattern and spintronic properties with no

  12. Real-space multiple-scattering theory of XMCD including spin-orbit interaction in scattering process

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    Koide, Akihiro; Niki, Kaori; Sakai, Seiji; Fujikawa, Takashi

    2016-05-01

    The effects of the spin-orbit interaction on surrounding atoms for XMCD spectra are studied by a real-space multiple-scattering theory. The present numerical calculation for Fe K-edge XMCD spectra from BCC iron demonstrates the importance of the spin-orbit interaction on scattering atoms, which has been disregarded in previous works. These effects will be inevitable for K-edge XMCD analyses of light elements surrounded by heavy magnetic atoms.

  13. Effect of spin-orbit scattering on transport properties of low-dimensional dilute alloys

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    Heers, Swantje

    2011-09-21

    The scope of this thesis is to gain insight, by means of ab initio-calculations, into the physics of momentum and spin relaxation phenomena induced by electron scattering at impurities and defects in the noble metals copper, silver and gold. The main results are subdivided in three parts. In the first part, momentum- and spinrelaxation times due to scattering at 3d, 4sp, 4d, 5sp, 5d and 6sp impurities in copper and gold fcc bulk are investigated. The inversion symmetry of the crystals leads to a two-fold degeneracy of all states on the Fermi surface, and therefore spin relaxation is dominated by the Elliott-Yafet mechanism as well as the spin-orbit coupling of the impurity. For impurities in gold, we calculate much shorter spin-relaxation times than in copper because of the stronger spin-orbit coupling of the gold host. Furthermore, we have found important qualitative differences between the relaxation times obtained for the d- and the sp- impurities. As scattering at d-impurities is resonant, the electrons spend much more time at the impurity sites than in the case of the sp-impurities; therefore, they are much longer exhibited to the spin-orbit coupling of the impurity. This results in considerably shorter spin-relaxation times, even if the momentum scattering rates are in the same order of magnitude. Finally, the investigation of interference of scattering processes at impurity dimers reveals that relevant differences to the independent-impurity approximation appear only for strong d-scatterer, placed at nearest neighboring sites. In the second part we investigate the reduction of spin-conserving surface-state lifetimes induced by adatom- and impurity-scattering on the (111) surfaces of copper, silver and gold films with different thicknesses. We have found strong qualitative differences in the lifetimes when comparing the results for adatoms to those of impurities in the first and second layer. The trends for the latter ones are similar to those calculated in

  14. Compact planetary systems perturbed by an inclined companion. II. Stellar spin-orbit evolution

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    Boué, Gwenaël; Fabrycky, Daniel C., E-mail: boue@imcce.fr [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 5640 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States)

    2014-07-10

    The stellar spin orientation relative to the orbital planes of multiplanet systems is becoming accessible to observations. Here, we analyze and classify different types of spin-orbit evolution in compact multiplanet systems perturbed by an inclined outer companion. Our study is based on classical secular theory, using a vectorial approach developed in a separate paper. When planet-planet perturbations are truncated at the second order in eccentricity and mutual inclination, and the planet-companion perturbations are developed at the quadrupole order, the problem becomes integrable. The motion is composed of a uniform precession of the whole system around the total angular momentum, and in the rotating frame, the evolution is periodic. Here, we focus on the relative motion associated with the oscillations of the inclination between the planet system and the outer orbit and of the obliquities of the star with respect to the two orbital planes. The solution is obtained using a powerful geometric method. With this technique, we identify four different regimes characterized by the nutation amplitude of the stellar spin axis relative to the orbital plane of the planets. In particular, the obliquity of the star reaches its maximum when the system is in the Cassini regime where planets have more angular momentum than the star and where the precession rate of the star is similar to that of the planets induced by the companion. In that case, spin-orbit oscillations exceed twice the inclination between the planets and the companion. Even if the mutual inclination is only ≅ 20°, this resonant case can cause the spin-orbit angle to oscillate between perfectly aligned and retrograde values.

  15. Dynamics of stellar spin driven by planets undergoing Lidov-Kozai migration: paths to spin-orbit misalignment

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    Storch, Natalia I.; Lai, Dong; Anderson, Kassandra R.

    2017-03-01

    Many exoplanetary systems containing hot Jupiters (HJs) exhibit significant misalignment between the spin axes of the host stars and the orbital angular momentum axes of the planets ('spin-orbit misalignment'). High-eccentricity migration involving Lidov-Kozai oscillations of the planet's orbit induced by a distant perturber is a possible channel for producing such misaligned HJ systems. Previous works have shown that the dynamical evolution of the stellar spin axis during the high-e migration plays a dominant role in generating the observed spin-orbit misalignment. Numerical studies have also revealed various patterns of the evolution of the stellar spin axis leading to the final misalignment. Here, we develop an analytic theory to elucidate the evolution of spin-orbit misalignment during the Lidov-Kozai migration of planets in stellar binaries. Secular spin-orbit resonances play a key role in the misalignment evolution. We include the effects of short-range forces and tidal dissipation, and categorize the different possible paths to spin-orbit misalignment as a function of various physical parameters (e.g. planet mass and stellar rotation period). We identify five distinct spin-orbit evolution paths and outcomes, only two of which are capable of producing retrograde orbits. We show that these paths to misalignment and the outcomes depend only on two dimensionless parameters, which compare the stellar spin precession frequency with the rate of change of the planet's orbital axis, and the Lidov-Kozai oscillation frequency. Our analysis reveals a number of novel phenomena for the stellar spin evolution, ranging from bifurcation, adiabatic advection, to fully chaotic evolution of spin-orbit angles.

  16. Photodissociation of HCl at 193.3 nm: Spin-orbit branching ratio

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    Zhang, J.; Dulligan, M.; Wittig, C.

    1997-08-01

    HCl was photodissociated by ultraviolet (uv) radiation at 193.3 nm. Time-of-flight spectra of the hydrogen atom fragment provided the spin-orbit state distribution of the chlorine fragment, [Cl(2P1/2)]/[Cl(2P3/2)]=0.69±0.02, in excellent agreement with recent theoretical studies. The H atom angular distribution studied by changing the uv photolysis laser polarization confirmed a dominant A 1Π←X 1Σ+ electronic transition in the photoexcitation process (β=-1.01±0.04 and β*=-0.94±0.07).

  17. Semiclassical treatment of transport and spin relaxation in spin-orbit coupled systems

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    Lueffe, Matthias Clemens

    2012-02-10

    The coupling of orbital motion and spin, as derived from the relativistic Dirac equation, plays an important role not only in the atomic spectra but as well in solid state physics. Spin-orbit interactions are fundamental for the young research field of semiconductor spintronics, which is inspired by the idea to use the electron's spin instead of its charge for fast and power saving information processing in the future. However, on the route towards a functional spin transistor there is still some groundwork to be done, e.g., concerning the detailed understanding of spin relaxation in semiconductors. The first part of the present thesis can be placed in this context. We have investigated the processes contributing to the relaxation of a particularly long-lived spin-density wave, which can exist in semiconductor heterostructures with Dresselhaus and Rashba spin-orbit coupling of precisely the same magnitude. We have used a semiclassical spindiffusion equation to study the influence of the Coulomb interaction on the lifetime of this persistent spin helix. We have thus established that, in the presence of perturbations that violate the special symmetry of the problem, electron-electron scattering can have an impact on the relaxation of the spin helix. The resulting temperature-dependent lifetime reproduces the experimentally observed one in a satisfactory manner. It turns out that cubic Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling is the most important symmetry-breaking element. The Coulomb interaction affects the dynamics of the persistent spin helix also via an Hartree-Fock exchange field. As a consequence, the individual spins precess about the vector of the surrounding local spin density, thus causing a nonlinear dynamics. We have shown that, for an experimentally accessible degree of initial spin polarization, characteristic non-linear effects such as a dramatic increase of lifetime and the appearance of higher harmonics can be expected. Another fascinating solid

  18. Spin-orbit Coupled Fermi Gases and Heavy Solitons in Fermionic Superfluids

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    Cheuk, Lawrence

    2013-05-01

    The coupling of the spin of electrons to their motional state lies at the heart of topological phases of matter. We have created and detected spin-orbit coupling in an atomic Fermi gas via spin-injection spectroscopy, which characterizes the energy-momentum dispersion and spin composition of the quantum states. For energies within the spin-orbit gap, the system acts as a spin diode. To fully inhibit transport, we open an additional spin gap with radio-frequency coupling, thereby creating a spin-orbit coupled lattice whose spinful band structure we probe. In the presence of s-wave interactions, spin-orbit coupled fermion systems should display induced p-wave pairing and consequently topological superfluidity. Such systems can be described by a relativistic Dirac theory with a mass term that can be made to vary spatially. Topologically protected edge states are expected to occur whenever the mass term changes sign. A system that similarly supports edges states is the strongly interacting atomic Fermi gas near a Feshbach resonance. Topological excitations, such as vortices - line defects - or solitons - planar defects - have been described theoretically for decades in many different physical contexts. In superconductivity and superfluidity they represent a defect in the order parameter and give rise to localized bound states. We have created and directly observed solitons in a fermionic superfluid by imprinting a phase step into the superfluid wavefunction. These are found to be stable for many seconds, allowing us to track their oscillatory motion in the trapped superfluid. Their trapping period increases dramatically as the interactions are tuned from the BEC to the BCS regime. At the Feshbach resonance, their period is an order of magnitude larger than expectations from mean-field Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory, signaling strong effects of bosonic quantum fluctuations and possible filling of Andreev bound states. Our work opens the study of fermionic edge states in

  19. Large spin-orbit torques in Pt/Co-Ni/W heterostructures

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    Yu, Jiawei; Qiu, Xuepeng; Legrand, William; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-07-01

    The spin orbit torques (SOTs) in perpendicularly magnetized Co-Ni multilayers sandwiched between two heavy metals (HM) have been studied. By exploring various HM materials, we show an efficient enhancement or cancellation of the total SOT, depending on the combination of the two HM materials. The maximum SOT effective field is obtained in Pt/Co-Ni/W heterostructures. We also model our double HM system and show that the effective spin Hall angle has a peak value at certain HM thicknesses. Measuring the SOT in Pt/Co-Ni/W for various W thicknesses confirms an effective spin Hall angle up to 0.45 in our double HM system.

  20. Negative tunneling magneto-resistance in quantum wires with strong spin-orbit coupling

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    Han, Seungju; Serra, Llorenç; Choi, Mahn-Soo

    2015-06-01

    We consider a two-dimensional magnetic tunnel junction of the FM/I/QW(FM+SO)/I/N structure, where FM, I and QW(FM+SO) stand for a ferromagnet, an insulator and a quantum wire with both magnetic ordering and Rashba spin-orbit (SOC), respectively. The tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) exhibits strong anisotropy and switches sign as the polarization direction varies relative to the quantum-wire axis, due to interplay among the one-dimensionality, the magnetic ordering, and the strong SOC of the quantum wire.

  1. Random matrix theory for closed quantum dots with weak spin-orbit coupling.

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    Held, K; Eisenberg, E; Altshuler, B L

    2003-03-14

    To lowest order in the coupling strength, the spin-orbit coupling in quantum dots results in a spin-dependent Aharonov-Bohm flux. This flux decouples the spin-up and spin-down random matrix theory ensembles of the quantum dot. We employ this ensemble and find significant changes in the distribution of the Coulomb blockade peak height, in particular, a decrease of the width of the distribution. The puzzling disagreement between standard random matrix theory and the experimental distributions by Patel et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 5900 (1998)

  2. Spin-orbit coupling, spin currents and emergent gauge fields in solids

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    Sa, Debanand [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi -221005 (India)

    2012-07-23

    The role of spin-orbit interaction has been exploited to construct an emergent gauge theory in solids. It has been shown that the charge and spin currents in such a solid form a SU(2) Multiplication-Sign U(1) gauge theory. The lack of gauge symmetry in the SU(2) sector and as a consequence, the non-conservation of spin is spelled out. The phenomenon of spin motive force and spin Hall effect is discussed. The importance of such force in the mesoscopic transport as well as Aharonov-Casher effect is outlined. It is shown that the spin currents in such a theory become the source of electric field.

  3. Time reversal Aharonov-Casher effect using Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Nitta, Junsaku [Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-02 Aramaki-Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Bergsten, Tobias [CREST-JST, Kawaguchi Center Building, 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)

    2007-09-15

    We propose a spin interferometer using Rashba spin-orbit interaction. A spin interference effect is demonstrated in small arrays of mesoscopic InGaAs rings. This spin interference is the time reversal Aharonov-Casher (AC) effect. The AC interference oscillations are controlled over several periods. This result shows evidence for electrical manipulation of the spin precession angle in an InGaAs two-dimensional electron gas channel. We control the precession rate in a precise and predictable way with an electrostatic gate.

  4. Spin-orbit coupling, spin currents and emergent gauge fields in solids

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    Sa, Debanand

    2012-07-01

    The role of spin-orbit interaction has been exploited to construct an emergent gauge theory in solids. It has been shown that the charge and spin currents in such a solid form a SU(2)×U(1) gauge theory. The lack of gauge symmetry in the SU(2) sector and as a consequence, the non-conservation of spin is spelled out. The phenomenon of spin motive force and spin Hall effect is discussed. The importance of such force in the mesoscopic transport as well as Aharonov-Casher effect is outlined. It is shown that the spin currents in such a theory become the source of electric field.

  5. Persistent spin current in a quantum wire with weak Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling

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    Sheng Wei; Wang Yi; Zhou Guang-Hui

    2007-01-01

    The spin current in a parabolically confined semiconductor heterojunction quantum wire with Dresselhaus spinorbit coupling is theoretically studied by using the perturbation method. The formulae of the elements for linear and angular spin current densities are derived by using the recent definition for spin current based on spin continuity equation. It is found that the spin current in this Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling quantum wire is antisymmetrical,which is different from that in R ashba model due to the difference in symmetry between these two models. Some numerical examples for the result are also demonstrated and discussed.

  6. Thermal Phase Transitions of Strongly Correlated Bosons with Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Hickey, Ciarán; Paramekanti, Arun

    2014-12-01

    Experiments on ultracold atoms have started to explore lattice effects and thermal fluctuations for two-component bosons with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Motivated by this, we derive and study a t J model for lattice bosons with equal Rashba-Dresselhaus SOC and strong Hubbard repulsion in a uniform Zeeman magnetic field. Using the Gutzwiller ansatz, we find strongly correlated ground states with stripe superfluid (SF) order. We formulate a finite temperature generalization of the Gutzwiller method, and show that thermal fluctuations in the doped Mott insulator drive a two-step melting of the stripe SF, revealing a wide regime of a stripe normal fluid.

  7. Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Alignment in the Exoplanetary System HD 189733

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    Winn, J N; Marcy, G W; Butler, R P; Vogt, S S; Henry, G W; Roussanova, A; Holman, M J; Enya, K; Narita, N; Suto, Y; Turner, E L; Winn, Joshua N.; Johnson, John Asher; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Vogt, Steven S.; Henry, Gregory W.; Roussanova, Anna; Holman, Matthew J.; Enya, Keigo; Narita, Norio; Suto, Yasushi; Turner, Edwin L.

    2006-01-01

    We present spectroscopy of a transit of the exoplanet HD 189733b. By modeling the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect (the anomalous Doppler shift due to the partial eclipse of the rotating stellar surface), we find the angle between the sky projections of the stellar spin axis and orbit normal to be lambda = -1.4 +/- 1.1 deg. This is the third case of a ``hot Jupiter'' for which lambda has been measured. In all three cases lambda is small, ruling out random orientations with 99.96% confidence, and suggesting that the inward migration of hot Jupiters generally preserves spin-orbit alignment.

  8. Charge and spin transport in nanoscopic structures with spin-orbit coupling

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    Reynoso, A. [Instituto Balseiro and Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Gonzalo Usaj [Instituto Balseiro and Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Balseiro, C.A. [Instituto Balseiro and Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)]. E-mail: balseiro@cab.cnea.gov.ar

    2006-10-01

    During the last years there has been much interest, and theoretical discussion, about the possibility to use spin-orbit coupling to control the carriers spins in two-dimensional semiconducting heterostructures. Spin polarization at the sample edges may occur as the response of systems with strong SO-coupling to an external transport current, an effect known as spin Hall effect. Here, we show that in a 2DEG with Rashba SO-coupling, spin polarization near the sample edge can develop kinematically for low electron densities. We also discuss the effect in quantum wires where lateral confinement plays an important role.

  9. Spin-orbit enhanced demagnetization rate in Co/Pt-multilayers

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    Kuiper, K. C.; Schellekens, A. J.; Koopmans, B. [Department of Applied Physics, Center for NanoMaterials, Eindhoven University of Technology, P. O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Roth, T.; Schmitt, O.; Cinchetti, M.; Aeschlimann, M. [Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schrödinger-Strasse 46, 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany)

    2014-11-17

    In order to explore the role of enhanced spin-orbit interactions on the laser-induced ultrafast magnetization dynamics, we performed a comparative study on cobalt thin films and Co/Pt multilayers. We show that the presence of the Co/Pt interfaces gives rise to a three-fold faster demagnetization upon femtosecond laser heating. Experimental data for a wide range of laser fluences are analyzed using the Microscopic 3-Temperature Model. We find that the Elliott-Yafet spin-flip scattering in the multilayer structure is increased by at least a factor of four with respect to the elementary Co film.

  10. Goos-H\\"anchen shifts in spin-orbit-coupled cold atoms

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    Zhou, Lu; Qin, Jie-Li; Lan, Zhihao; Dong, Guangjiong; Zhang, Weiping

    2014-01-01

    We consider a matter wave packet of cold atom gas impinging upon a step potential created by the optical light field. In the presence of spin-orbit (SO) coupling, the atomic eigenstates contain two types of evanescent states, one of which is the ordinary evanescent state with pure imaginary wave vector while the other possesses complex wave vector and is recognized as oscillating evanescent state. We show that the presence and interplay of these two types of evanescent states can give rise to...

  11. Inverse spin Hall effect in ferromagnetic metal with Rashba spin orbit coupling

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    M.-J. Xing

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available We report an intrinsic form of the inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE in ferromagnetic (FM metal with Rashba spin orbit coupling (RSOC, which is driven by a normal charge current. Unlike the conventional form, the ISHE can be induced without the need for spin current injection from an external source. Our theoretical results show that Hall voltage is generated when the FM moment is perpendicular to the ferromagnetic layer. The polarity of the Hall voltage is reversed upon switching the FM moment to the opposite direction, thus promising a useful reading mechanism for memory or logic applications.

  12. Spin orbit interaction of light mediated by scattering from plasmonic nano-structures

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    Soni, Jalpa; Mansha, Shampy; Gupta, S Dutta; Banerjee, Ayan; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2012-01-01

    The spin orbit interactions (SOI) of light mediated by single scattering from plasmon resonant metal nanoparticles (nanorods and nanospheres) are investigated using explicit theory based on Jones and Stokes-Mueller polarimetry formalism. The individual SOI effects are analyzed and interpreted via the Mueller matrix-derived, polarimetry characteristics, namely, diattenuation d and retardance {\\delta}. The results demonstrate that each of the contributing SOI effects can be controllably enhanced by exploiting the interference of two neighboring modes in plasmonic nanostructures (orthogonal electric dipolar modes in rods or electric dipolar and quadrupolar modes in spheres).

  13. Manipulating effective spin orbit coupling based on proximity effect in magnetic bilayers

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    Zhang, Y. Q.; Sun, N. Y.; Che, W. R.; Zhang, J. W.; Shan, R., E-mail: shan.rong@hotmail.com [School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Li, X. L. [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), Shanghai 201204 (China); Zhu, Z. G., E-mail: zgzhu@ucas.ac.cn; Su, G., E-mail: gsu@ucas.ac.cn [School of Electronic, Electrical and Communication Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Computational Materials Physics Laboratory, College of Physical Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2015-08-24

    A proximity effect of spin orbit coupling (SOC) is proposed in nonmagnetic metal/ferromagnet (NM/FM) bilayers by extending the Crépieux-Bruno (CB) theory. We demonstrate that over 1000% enhancement of the SOC strength can be realized based on this effect (Pt/FM bilayers) and it brings greatly enhanced anomalous Hall effect and anomalous Nernst effect. This work could help maximize the performance of magnetic transport property for the spintronics device using NM/FM as the key structure.

  14. Symmetries of quantum transport with Rashba spin-orbit: graphene spintronics.

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    Chico, Leonor; Latgé, Andrea; Brey, Luis

    2015-07-07

    The lack of some spatial symmetries in planar devices with Rashba spin-orbit interactions opens up the possibility of producing spin polarized electrical currents in the absence of external magnetic fields or magnetic impurities. We study how the direction of the spin polarization of the current is related to spatial symmetries of the device. As an example of these relations we study numerically the spin-resolved current in graphene nanoribbons. Different configurations are explored and analyzed to demonstrate that graphene nanoflakes may be used as excellent spintronic devices in an all-electrical setup.

  15. Sizeable Kane-Mele-like spin orbit coupling in graphene decorated with iridium clusters

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    Qin, Yuyuan; Wang, Siqi; Wang, Rui; Bu, Haijun; Wang, Xuefeng; Wang, Xinran; Song, Fengqi; Wang, Baigeng; Wang, Guanghou

    2016-05-01

    The spin-orbit coupling strength of graphene can be enhanced by depositing iridium nanoclusters. Weak localization is intensely suppressed near zero fields after the cluster deposition, rather than changing to weak anti-localization. Fitting the magnetoresistance gives the spin relaxation time, which increases by two orders with the application of a back gate. The spin relaxation time is found to be proportional to the electronic elastic scattering time, demonstrating the Elliot-Yafet spin relaxation mechanism. A sizeable Kane-Mele-like coupling strength of over 5.5 meV is determined by extrapolating the temperature dependence to zero.

  16. Topological Insulators on the Ruby Lattice with Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    HOU Jing-Min; WANG Guo-Xiang

    2013-01-01

    We investigate a tight-binding model of the ruby lattice with Rashba spin-orbit coupling.We calculate the band structure of the lattice and evaluate the Z2 topological indices.According to the Z2 topological indices and the band structure,we present the phase diagrams of the lattice with different filling fractions.We find.that topological insulators occur in some range of parameters at 1/6,1/3,1/2,2/3 and 5/6 filling fractions.We analyze and discuss the characteristics of these topological insulators and their edge states.

  17. Neutron $2p$ and $1f$ spin--orbit splittings in $^{40}$Ca, $^{36}$S, and $^{34}$Si $N=20$ isotones: tensor--induced and pure spin--orbit effects

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    Grasso, M

    2015-01-01

    Neutron $2p$ and $1f$ spin--orbit splittings were recently measured in the isotones $^{37}$S and $^{35}$Si by $(d,p)$ transfer reactions. Values were reported by using the major fragments of the states. An important reduction of the $p$ splitting was observed, from $^{37}$S to $^{35}$Si, associated to a strong modification of the spin--orbit potential in the central region of the nucleus $^{35}$Si. We analyze $2p$ and $1f$ neutron spin--orbit splittings in the $N=20$ isotones $^{40}$Ca, $^{36}$S, and $^{34}$Si. We employ several Skyrme and Gogny interactions, to reliably isolate pure spin--orbit and tensor--induced contributions, within the mean--field approximation. We use interactions (i) without the tensor force; (ii) with the tensor force and with tensor parameters adjusted on top of existing parametrizations; (iii) with the tensor force and with tensor and spin--orbit parameters adjusted simultaneously on top of existing parametrizations. We predict in cases (ii) and (iii) a non negligible reduction of b...

  18. Spin-orbit dilution effects on the magnetism of frustrated spinel Ge(Co1-xMgx)2O4

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    Agata, Ryotaro; Takita, Shota; Ishikawa, Takashi; Watanabe, Tadataka

    2015-03-01

    We investigated magnetic properties of spinel oxides Ge(Co1-xMgx)2O4 with x = 0 ~ 0.5 to study the spin-orbit dilution effects on the magnetism of spin-orbit frustrated spinel GeCo2O4. We discovered that the magnetic moment per single Co2+ ion is decreased with increasing nonmagnetic Mg2+ concentration, which indicates the spin-orbit decoupling caused by the spin-orbit dilution. Additionally, small-amount substitution of Mg2+ for Co2+ causes the rapid increase of the positive Weiss temperature indicating the enhancement of ferromagnetic interactions, while the Mg2+ substitution suppresses the antiferromagnetic ordering resulting in the appearance of spin glass behavior. The present results suggest that the spin-orbit dilution causes the spin-orbit decoupling and the reinforcement of ferromagnetic frustration in GeCo2O4.

  19. Ab initio equation-of-state and elastic properties of Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys

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    Per, Soderlind; Landa, Alex

    2010-03-01

    We present results of ab initio calculations of equation-of-state and elastic properties for Pu metal and Pu-Ga alloys. For this we have employed density-functional theory (DFT) in conjunction with spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization for the metal and coherent-potential approximation (CPA) for the alloys. All Pu systems benefit from spin polarization which is consistent with previous DFT studies of plutonium. We show that orbital correlations become more important proceeding from α->β->γ plutonium, thus suggesting increasing f-electron correlation (localization). For δ-Pu- Ga alloys we find that the system softens with larger Ga content, i.e., bulk modulus, elastic constants, and chemical bonding weakens with increasing Ga concentration. This inverse relationship is nearly linear and supported by measurements on polycrystal δ-Pu-Ga alloys. For Pu metal, our single-crystal results also relates reasonably with ultrasound data on polycrystal samples where available. The comparison is indirect but made possible by approximating the polycrystal with an isotropic (uniform strain) single crystal. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  20. Density functional theory study of indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants with spin-orbit corrections

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    Oprea, Corneliu I.; Rinkevicius, Zilvinas; Vahtras, Olav; Ågren, Hans; Ruud, Kenneth

    2005-07-01

    This work outlines the calculation of indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants with spin-orbit corrections using density functional response theory. The nonrelativistic indirect nuclear spin-spin couplings are evaluated using the linear response method, whereas the relativistic spin-orbit corrections are computed using quadratic response theory. The formalism is applied to the homologous systems H2X (X=O,S,Se,Te) and XH4 (X =C,Si,Ge,Sn,Pb) to calculate the indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants between the protons. The results confirm that spin-orbit corrections are important for compounds of the H2X series, for which the electronic structure allows for an efficient coupling between the nuclei mediated by the spin-orbit interaction, whereas in the case of the XH4 series the opposite situation is encountered and the spin-orbit corrections are negligible for all compounds of this series. In addition we analyze the performance of the density functional theory in the calculations of nonrelativistic indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants.

  1. Rashba-type Spin-orbit Coupling in Bilayer Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    Su, S -W; Sun, Q; Wen, L; Liu, W -M; Ji, A -C; Ruseckas, J; Juzeliunas, G

    2016-01-01

    We explore a new way of producing the Rasba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) for ultracold atoms by using a two-component (spinor) atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) confined in a bilayer geometry. The SOC of the Rashba type is created if the atoms pick up a {\\pi} phase after completing a cyclic transition between four combined spin-layer states composed of two spin and two layer states. The cyclic coupling of the spin-layer states is carried out by combining an intralayer Raman coupling and an interlayer laser assisted tunneling. We theoretically determine the ground-state phases of the spin-orbit-coupled BEC for various strengths of the atom-atom interaction and the laser-assisted coupling. It is shown that the bilayer scheme provides a diverse ground-state phase diagram. In an intermediate range of the atom-light coupling two interlacing lattices of half- skyrmions and half-antiskyrmions are spontaneously created. In the strong-coupling regime, where the SOC of the Rashba-type is formed, the ground state repre...

  2. Hyperfine and spin-orbit dynamics in GaAs double quantum dots

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    Shulman, Michael; Nichol, John; Harvey, Shannon; Pal, Arijeet; Halperin, Bertrand; Umansky, Vladimir; Yacoby, Amir

    2015-03-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots provide a unique platform for single-particle physics and many-body quantum mechanics. In particular, understanding the dynamics of a single electron interacting with a nuclear spin bath is key to improving spin-based quantum information processing, since the hyperfine interaction limits the performance of many spin qubits. We probe the electron-nuclear interaction by measuring the splitting at the anti-crossing between the electron singlet (S) and m =1 triplet (T +) states in a GaAs double quantum dot. Using Landau-Zener sweeps, we find that the size of this splitting varies by more than an order of magnitude depending on the magnitude and direction of the external magnetic field. These results are consistent with a competition between the spin orbit interaction and the hyperfine interaction, even though the extracted spin orbit length is much larger than the size of the double quantum dot. We confirm these results by using Landau-Zener sweeps to measure the high-frequency correlations in the S-T + splitting that arise from the Larmor precession of the nuclei. These unexpected results have implications for improving the performance of spin-based quantum information processing, as well as improving our understanding of the central spin problem.

  3. Topological nodal-line fermions in spin-orbit metal PbTaSe2

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    Bian, Guang; Chang, Tay-Rong; Sankar, Raman; Xu, Su-Yang; Zheng, Hao; Neupert, Titus; Chiu, Ching-Kai; Huang, Shin-Ming; Chang, Guoqing; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Neupane, Madhab; Alidoust, Nasser; Liu, Chang; Wang, Baokai; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Zhang, Chenglong; Yuan, Zhujun; Jia, Shuang; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-02-01

    Topological semimetals can support one-dimensional Fermi lines or zero-dimensional Weyl points in momentum space, where the valence and conduction bands touch. While the degeneracy points in Weyl semimetals are robust against any perturbation that preserves translational symmetry, nodal lines require protection by additional crystalline symmetries such as mirror reflection. Here we report, based on a systematic theoretical study and a detailed experimental characterization, the existence of topological nodal-line states in the non-centrosymmetric compound PbTaSe2 with strong spin-orbit coupling. Remarkably, the spin-orbit nodal lines in PbTaSe2 are not only protected by the reflection symmetry but also characterized by an integer topological invariant. Our detailed angle-resolved photoemission measurements, first-principles simulations and theoretical topological analysis illustrate the physical mechanism underlying the formation of the topological nodal-line states and associated surface states for the first time, thus paving the way towards exploring the exotic properties of the topological nodal-line fermions in condensed matter systems.

  4. Weyl spin-orbit-coupling-induced interactions in uniform and trapped atomic quantum fluids

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    Gupta, Reena; Singh, G. S.; Bosse, Jürgen

    2013-11-01

    We establish through analytical and numerical studies of thermodynamic quantities for noninteracting atomic gases that the isotropic three-dimensional spin-orbit coupling, the Weyl coupling, induces interaction which counters “effective” attraction (repulsion) of the exchange symmetry present in zero-coupling Bose (Fermi) gas. The exact analytical expressions for the grand potential and hence for several thermodynamic quantities have been obtained for this purpose in both uniform and trapped cases. It is enunciated that many interesting features of spin-orbit-coupled systems revealed theoretically can be understood in terms of coupling-induced modifications in statistical interparticle potential. The temperature dependence of the chemical potential, specific heat, and isothermal compressibility for a uniform Bose gas is found to have signature of the incipient Bose-Einstein condensation in the very weak coupling regime although the system does not really go in the Bose-condensed phase. The transition temperature in the harmonically trapped case decreases with an increase of coupling strength consistent with the weakening of the statistical attractive interaction. Anomalous behavior of some thermodynamic quantities, partly akin to that in dimensions less than two, appears for uniform fermions as soon as the Fermi level goes down the Dirac point on increasing the coupling strength. It is suggested that the fluctuation-dissipation theorem can be utilized to verify anomalous behaviors from studies of long-wavelength fluctuations in bunching and antibunching effects.

  5. Quantum and thermal fluctuations in a Raman spin-orbit-coupled Bose gas

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    Chen, Xiao-Long; Liu, Xia-Ji; Hu, Hui

    2017-07-01

    We theoretically study a three-dimensional weakly interacting Bose gas with Raman-induced spin-orbit coupling at finite temperature. By employing a generalized Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov theory with Popov approximation, we determine a complete finite-temperature phase diagram of three exotic condensation phases (i.e., the stripe, plane-wave, and zero-momentum phases), against both quantum and thermal fluctuations. We find that the plane-wave phase is significantly broadened by thermal fluctuations. The phonon mode and sound velocity at the transition from the plane-wave phase to the zero-momentum phase are thoughtfully analyzed. At zero temperature, we find that quantum fluctuations open an unexpected gap in sound velocity at the phase transition, in stark contrast to the previous theoretical prediction of a vanishing sound velocity. At finite temperature, thermal fluctuations continue to significantly enlarge the gap, and simultaneously shift the critical minimum. For a Bose gas of 87Rb atoms at the typical experimental temperature, T =0.3 T0 , where T0 is the critical temperature of an ideal Bose gas without spin-orbit coupling, our results of gap opening and critical minimum shifting in the sound velocity are qualitatively consistent with the recent experimental observation [Ji et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 105301 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.105301].

  6. Effect of the intrinsic spin-orbit interaction on the tunnel magnetoresistance in graphenelike nanoflakes

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    Weymann, Ireneusz; Krompiewski, Stefan

    2016-12-01

    This paper is devoted to examining the effect of intrinsic spin-orbit interaction on the possible appearance of edge magnetic moments and spin-dependent transport in graphenelike nanoflakes. In the case of finite-size graphenelike nanostructures it is shown that, on one hand, energetically the most advantageous configuration corresponds to magnetic moments located at zigzag edges with the in-plane antiferromagnetic inter-edge coupling. On the other hand, the tunnel magnetoresistance and the shot noise also have thoroughly been tested both for the in-plane configuration as well as for the out-of-plane one (for comparison reasons). Transport properties are described in terms of the mean-field Kane-Mele-Hubbard model with spin mixing correlations, supplemented by additional terms describing external leads, charging energy, and lead-nanostructure tunneling. The results show that Coulomb blockade stability spectra of graphenelike nanoflakes with ferromagnetic contacts provide information on both the intrinsic spin-orbit interaction and the expected edge magnetism.

  7. Fermionic Hubbard model with Rashba or Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling

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    Sun, Fadi; Ye, Jinwu; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2017-06-01

    In this work, we investigate the possible dramatic effects of Rashba or Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on the fermionic Hubbard model in a two-dimensional square lattice. In the strong coupling limit, it leads to the rotated antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model which is a new class of quantum spin model. For a special equivalent class, we identify a new spin-orbital entangled commensurate ground (Y-y) state subject to strong quantum fluctuations at T = 0. We evaluate the quantum fluctuations by the spin wave expansion up to order 1/{S}2. In some SOC parameter regimes, the Y-y state supports a massive relativistic incommensurate magnon (C-IC) with its two gap minima positions continuously tuned by the SOC parameters. The C-IC magnons dominate all the low temperature thermodynamic quantities and also lead to the separation of the peak positions between the longitudinal and the transverse spin structure factors. In the weak coupling limit, any weak repulsive interaction also leads to a weak Y-y state. There is only a crossover from the weak to the strong coupling. High temperature expansions of the specific heats in both weak and strong coupling are presented. The dramatic roles to be played by these C-IC magnons at generic SOC parameters or under various external probes are hinted at. Experimental applications to both layered noncentrosymmetric materials and cold atoms are discussed.

  8. Spin-orbit torque-assisted switching in magnetic insulator thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Li, Peng; Liu, Tao; Chang, Houchen; Kalitsov, Alan; Zhang, Wei; Csaba, Gyorgy; Li, Wei; Richardson, Daniel; Demann, August; Rimal, Gaurab; Dey, Himadri; Jiang, J. S.; Porod, Wolfgang; Field, Stuart B.; Tang, Jinke; Marconi, Mario C.; Hoffmann, Axel; Mryasov, Oleg; Wu, Mingzhong

    2016-09-01

    As an in-plane charge current flows in a heavy metal film with spin-orbit coupling, it produces a torque on and thereby switches the magnetization in a neighbouring ferromagnetic metal film. Such spin-orbit torque (SOT)-induced switching has been studied extensively in recent years and has shown higher efficiency than switching using conventional spin-transfer torque. Here we report the SOT-assisted switching in heavy metal/magnetic insulator systems. The experiments used a Pt/BaFe12O19 bilayer where the BaFe12O19 layer exhibits perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. As a charge current is passed through the Pt film, it produces a SOT that can control the up and down states of the remnant magnetization in the BaFe12O19 film when the film is magnetized by an in-plane magnetic field. It can reduce or increase the switching field of the BaFe12O19 film by as much as about 500 Oe when the film is switched with an out-of-plane field.

  9. Magnetization switching through giant spin-orbit torque in the magnetically doped topological insulators

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    Fan, Yabin

    2015-03-01

    Recent demonstrations of magnetization switching induced by in-plane current in heavy metal/ferromagnetic heterostructures (HMFHs) have drawn great interest to spin torques arising from the large spin-orbit coupling (SOC)... in heavy metals. Considering the intrinsic strong SOC, topological insulators (TIs) are expected to be promising candidates for exploring spin-orbit torque (SOT)-related physics.... In this talk, we report the magnetization switching through giant SOT in the magnetically doped TI structures. In particular, we demonstrate the magnetization switching in a chromium-doped TI bilayer heterostructure, and the current induced SOT possibly has contribution from the spin-momentum locked surface states of TI. The critical current density for switching is below 8.9 × 104A/cm2 at 1.9 K. Moreover, we use second-harmonic methods to measure the spin torque efficiencies which are more than three orders of magnitude larger than those reported in heavy metals. The giant SOT and efficient current-induced magnetization switching exhibited by the bilayer heterostructure may lead to innovative spintronics applications such as ultralow power dissipation memory and logic devices. We are grateful to the support from the DARPA Meso program under Contract No. N66001-12-1-4034 and N66001-11-1-4105. We also acknowledge the support from the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) and the support from the FAME center.

  10. Extreme Harmonic Generation in an InAs Spin-Orbit Qubit

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    Stehlik, J.; Schroer, M. D.; Maialle, M. Z.; Degani, M. H.; Petta, J. R.

    2014-03-01

    Strong spin-orbit materials have shown great promise in the field of quantum computation. Unlike conventional semiconductor materials, fast all-electrical control is achieved through electric dipole spin resonance (EDSR). In this work we explore EDSR in an InAs nanowire spin-orbit qubit. We observe signs of harmonic generation where spin flips occur at the resonance condition nhf = gμB B , where f is the applied frequency, B is the magnetic field, g is the g-factor and n is an integer. Near the interdot charge transition we observe harmonics up to n = 8, indicating extreme harmonic generation. At far detuning we only observe the n = 1 resonance. Further, we find odd/even structure in the harmonic response: odd harmonics result in an increase in the leakage current while even harmonics result in its suppression. Finally we observe oscillations in the resonant current as a function of detuning. The striking detuning dependence suggests that the harmonics may be caused by Landau-Zener transitions occurring due to the anti-crossing between the differing charge states. Numerical simulations of the system are qualitatively consistent with this picture. Funded by the Sloan and Packard Foundations, the NSF, and the Army Research Office. M.Z.M. and M.H.D. were funded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de São Paulo (Fapesp) and INCT-DISSE/CNPq, Brazil.

  11. Spin-orbit or Aharonov-Casher edge states in semiconductor two-dimensional systems

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    Xu, L. L.; Heremans, J. J.; Gaspe, C. K.; Vijeyaragunathan, S.; Mishima, T. D.; Santos, M. B.

    2012-02-01

    In semiconductors with spin-orbit interaction we experimentally search for edge states induced by the Aharonov-Casher vector potential or Rashba-type spin-orbit interaction. The Aharonov-Casher effect is electromagnetically dual to the Aharonov-Bohm effect and is predicted to lead to a possibly helical edge state structure at two-dimensional sample edges. We use InGaAs/InAlAs heterostructures patterned into mesoscopic side-gated channel structures, where the edge states can be induced, and where backscattering between edge states can be experimentally measured in the resistance. Sweeping side-gate voltage, low temperature resistances are measured across such mesoscopic closed-path structures at either low applied magnetic field, in-plane or normal to the plane, or at fixed magnetic filling factors of 5, 6, 7, and 8 to obtain states of defined spin. Resistance oscillations are observed at low magnetic fields and around filling factor 6 as function of side-gate voltage, and we analyze the oscillations in the light of the search for the edge states (DOE DE-FG02-08ER46532, NSF DMR-0520550).

  12. Radical-pair model of magnetoreception with spin-orbit coupling

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    Lambert, Neill; De Liberato, Simone; Emary, Clive; Nori, Franco

    2013-08-01

    The mechanism used by migratory birds to orientate themselves using the geomagnetic field is still a mystery in many species. The radical pair mechanism, in which very weak magnetic fields can influence certain types of spin-dependent chemical reactions, leading to biologically observable signals, has recently imposed itself as one of the most promising candidates for certain species. This is thanks both to its extreme sensitivity and its capacity to reproduce results from behavioral studies. Still, in order to gain a directional sensitivity, an anisotropic mechanism is needed. Recent proposals have explored the possibility that such an anisotropy is due to the electron-nucleus hyperfine interaction. In this work we explore a different possibility, in which the anisotropy is due to spin-orbit coupling between the electron spin and its angular momentum. We will show how a spin-orbit coupling-based magnetic compass can have performances comparable with the usually studied nuclear hyperfine based mechanism. Our results could thus help researchers actively looking for candidate biological molecules which may host magnetoreceptive functions, both to describe magnetoreception in birds as well as to develop artificial chemical compass systems.

  13. High-spin organic molecules with dominant spin-orbit contribution and unprecedentedly large magnetic anisotropy

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    Misochko, Eugenii Ya.; Akimov, Alexander V.; Masitov, Artem A.; Korchagin, Denis V.; Yakushchenko, Igor K.; Chapyshev, Sergei V.

    2012-08-01

    High-spin organic molecules with dominant spin-orbit contribution to magnetic anisotropy are reported. Quintet 4-azido-3,5-dibromopyridyl-2,6-dinitrene (Q-1), quintet 2-azido-3,5-dibromopyridyl-4,6-dinitrene (Q-2), and septet 3,5-dibromopyridyl-2,4,6-trinitrene (S-1) were generated in solid argon matrices by ultraviolet irradiation of 2,4,6-triazido-3,5-dibromopyridine. The zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters, derived from electron spin resonance spectra, show unprecedentedly large magnitudes of the parameters D: |DQ1| = 0.289, |DQ2| = 0.373, and |DS1| = 0.297 cm-1. The experimental ZFS parameters were successfully reproduced by density functional theory calculations, confirming that magnetic anisotropy of high-spin organic molecules can considerably be enhanced by the "heavy atom effect." In bromine-containing high-spin nitrenes, the spin-orbit term is dominant and governs both the magnitude and the sign of magnetic anisotropy. The largest negative value of D among septet trinitrenes is predicted for 1,3,5-trinitrenobenzene bearing three heavy atoms (Br) in positions 2, 4, and 6 of the benzene ring.

  14. Quantum spin dynamics in a spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Poon, Ting Fung Jeffrey; Liu, Xiong-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Spin-orbit-coupled bosons can exhibit rich equilibrium phases at low temperature and in the presence of particle-particle interactions. In the case with a 1D synthetic spin-orbit interaction, it has been observed that the ground state of a Bose gas can be a normal phase, stripe phase, or magnetized phase in different parameter regimes. The magnetized states are doubly degenerate and consist of a many-particle two-state system. In this work, we investigate the nonequilibrium quantum dynamics by switching on a simple one-dimensional optical lattice potential as external perturbation to induce resonant couplings between the magnetized phases, and predict a quantum spin dynamics which cannot be obtained in the single-particle systems. In particular, due to particle-particle interactions, the transition of the Bose condensate from one magnetized phase to the other is forbidden when the external perturbation strength is less than a critical value, and a full transition can occur only when the perturbation exceeds such critical strength. This phenomenon manifests itself a dynamical phase transition, with the order parameter defined by the time-averaged magnetization over an oscillation period, and the critical point behavior being exactly solvable. The thermal fluctuations are also considered in detail. From numerical simulations and exact analytic studies we show that the predicted many-body effects can be well observed with the current experiments.

  15. The effect of gravitational spin-orbit coupling on the circular photon orbit in the Schwarzschild geometry

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    Wang, Zhi-Yong; Qiu, Qi; Wang, Yun-Xiang; Shi, Shuang-Jin

    2016-01-01

    The (1, 0)+(0, 1) representation of the group SL(2, C) provides a six-component spinor equivalent to the electromagnetic field tensor. By means of the (1, 0)+(0, 1) description, one can treat the photon field in curved spacetime via spin connection and the tetrad formalism, which is of great advantage to study the gravitational spin-orbit coupling of photons. Once the gravitational spin-orbit coupling is taken into account, the traditional radius of the circular photon orbit in the Schwarzschild geometry should be replaced with two different radiuses corresponding to the photons with the helicities of +1 and -1, respectively. Owing to the splitting of energy levels induced by the spin-orbit coupling, photons (from Hawking radiations, say) escaping from a Schwarzschild black hole are partially polarized, provided that their initial velocities possess nonzero tangential components.

  16. Spin-dependent Seebeck effect in Aharonov-Bohm rings with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    Liu, Bin; Li, Yunyun; Zhou, Jun; Nakayama, Tsuneyoshi; Li, Baowen

    2016-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the spin-dependent Seebeck effect in an Aharonov-Bohm mesoscopic ring in the presence of both Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions under magnetic flux perpendicular to the ring. We apply the Green's function method to calculate the spin Seebeck coefficient employing the tight-binding Hamiltonian. It is found that the spin Seebeck coefficient is proportional to the slope of the energy-dependent transmission coefficients. We study the strong dependence of spin Seebeck coefficient on the Fermi energy, magnetic flux, strength of spin-orbit coupling, and temperature. Maximum spin Seebeck coefficients can be obtained when the strengths of Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings are slightly different. The spin Seebeck coefficient can be reduced by increasing temperature and disorder.

  17. Search for spin-orbit-force reduction at {sup 106,108}Zr around r-process path

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    Sumikama, T.; Yoshinaga, K. [Department of Physics, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda, Chiba 278-8510 (Japan); Watanabe, H. [RIKEN Nishina Center, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); and others

    2012-11-12

    Shell gap at the magic number N= 82 is important to reproduce the 2nd peak of r-process abundance. If a spin-orbit force is reduced in a very neutron-rich region, a shell quenching at N= 82 and a new shell closure at N70 are predicted. A shell evolution by the spin-orbit-force reduction can be searched for through the shape evolution of Zr isotopes around an expected double magic nuclei, {sup 110}Zr(Z = 40,N = 70). We performed {beta}-{gamma} and isomer spectroscopy at RIBF to observe low-lying states in {sup 106,108}Zr. The present results indicate a well deformed shape for {sup 106,108}Zr. The drastic reduction of the spin-orbit force most likely does not occur around {sup 110}Zr on an r-process path.

  18. Lande g-factor in semiconductor cylinder quantum dots under magnetic fields and spin-orbit interaction

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    Gharaati, Abdolrasoul

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, the electron effective Lande g-factor in semiconductor cylinder quantum dots is studied in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit effect and an applied magnetic field parallel to the cylinder axis. For this goal, I have obtained an analytical solution to one-particle Schrodinger equation in the presence of both magnetic field and spin-orbit interaction (SOI). Then, using the obtained energy levels, I have study the electron effective Lande g-factor. It is found that: It is found that (i) energy levels strongly depend on the combined effects of external magnetic field and spin-orbit interaction strength. (ii) The effective Lande g-factor decreases when magnetic field increases. (iii) By increasing the cylinder radius ρ, the electron g-factor decreases. (iv) By increasing the strength of SOI, the electron g-factor increases.

  19. Planar Hall effect based characterization of spin orbital torques in Ta/CoFeB/MgO structures

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    Jamali, Mahdi; Zhao, Zhengyang; DC, Mahendra; Zhang, Delin; Li, Hongshi; Smith, Angeline K.; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2016-04-01

    The spin orbital torques in Ta/CoFeB/MgO structures are experimentally investigated utilizing the planar Hall effect and magnetoresistance measurement. By angular field characterization of the planar Hall resistance at ±current, the differential resistance which is directly related to the spin orbital torques is derived. Upon curve fitting of the analytical formulas over the experimental results, it is found that the anti-damping torque, also known as spin Hall effect, is sizable while a negligible field-like torque is observed. A spin Hall angle of about 18 ± 0.6% is obtained for the Ta layer. Temperature dependent study of the spin orbital torques is also performed. It is found that temperature does not significantly modify the spin Hall angle. By cooling down the sample down to 100 K, the obtained spin Hall angle has a maximum value of about 20.5 ± 0.43%.

  20. Calculating branching ratio and spin-orbit coupling from first principles: A formalism and its application to iridates

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    Sim, Jae-Hoon; Yoon, Hongkee; Park, Sang Hyeon; Han, Myung Joon

    2016-09-01

    We present a simple technique to calculate spin-orbit coupling, , and branching ratio measured in x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Our method is for first-principles electronic structure calculation, and its implementation is straightforward for any of the standard formulations and codes. We applied this technique to several different large spin-orbit coupling iridates. The calculated and branching ratio of a prototype jeff=1 /2 Mott insulator, Sr2IrO4 , are in good agreement with recent experimental data over the wide range of Rh doping. Three different double-perovskite iridates (namely, Sr2MgIrO6 , Sr2ScIrO6 , and Sr2TiIrO6 ) are also well described. This technique can serve as a promising tool for studying large spin-orbit coupling materials from first principles and for understanding experiments.

  1. Coupled cluster study of spectroscopic constants of ground states of heavy rare gas dimers with spin-orbit interaction

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    Tu, Zhe-Yan; Wang, Wen-Liang; Li, Ren-Zhong; Xia, Cai-Juan; Li, Lian-Bi

    2016-07-01

    The CCSD(T) approach based on two-component relativistic effective core potential with spin-orbit interaction just included in coupled cluster iteration is adopted to study the spectroscopic constants of ground states of Kr2, Xe2 and Rn2 dimers. The spectroscopic constants have significant basis set dependence. Extrapolation to the complete basis set limit provides the most accurate values. The spin-orbit interaction hardly affects the spectroscopic constants of Kr2 and Xe2. However, the equilibrium bond length is shortened about 0.013 Å and the dissociation energy is augmented about 18 cm-1 by the spin-orbit interaction for Rn2 in the complete basis set limit.

  2. Narrow heavy-hole cyclotron resonances split by the cubic Rashba spin-orbit interaction in strained germanium quantum wells

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    Failla, M.; Myronov, M.; Morrison, C.; Leadley, D. R.; Lloyd-Hughes, J.

    2015-07-01

    The spin-orbit interaction was found to split the cyclotron resonance of heavy holes confined in high-mobility, compressively strained germanium quantum wells. The interference between coherent spin-split cyclotron resonances was tracked on picosecond time scales using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Analysis in the time domain, or using a time-frequency decomposition based on the Gabor-Morlet wavelet, was necessary when the difference between cyclotron frequencies was comparable to the linewidth. The cubic Rashba spin-orbit coefficient β was determined via two methods: (i) the magnetic-field dependence of the cyclotron frequencies, and (ii) the spin-resolved subband densities. An enhanced β and spin polarization was created by tailoring the strain to enhance the spin-orbit interaction. The amplitude modulation of the narrow, interfering cyclotron resonances is a signature of spin coherences persisting for more than 10 ps.

  3. Influence of Spin-Orbit Force on Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering in the Quark Delocalization Colour Screening Model

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    HUANG Hong-Xia; CHEN Ling-Zhi; PANG Hou-Rong; PING Jia-Lun; WANG Fan

    2008-01-01

    The symmetric spin-orbit/nteractions of one-gluon-exchange and confinement are included in the nucleon-nucleon phase shift calculation in the framework of quark delocalization colour screening model.The spin-orbit interaction has little influence on D wave phase shift.For the triplet P waves,3 pT is in good agreement with the experimental data and 3 pLS is attractive but not strong enough,whereas 3Pc is too strongly repulsive.Our results indicate that the symmetric spin-orbit interaction of one-gluon-exchange and confinement potential cannot give a good description of the triplet P wave phase shifts.More sophisticated considerations,the delocalization depending on the relative orientation between two duster,might be needed to improve the description of P-wave NN interaction.

  4. Influence of spin-orbit interactions on the cubic crystal-field states of the d4 system*

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    Radwanski, R. J.; Ropka, Z.

    2002-01-01

    It has been shown that for the highly-correlated d4 electronic system the spin-orbit interactions produce, even in case of the cubic crystal-field interactions, a singlet ground state. Its magnetic moment grows rapidly with the applied magnetic field approaching 4 uB for the Eg state, but only 3 uB for the T2g state. The applicability of the present results to the Mn3+ ion in LaMnO3 is discussed. Keywords: crystal-field, spin-orbit, orbital moment. PACS: 71.70.E, 75.10.D

  5. Spin Polarization and Andreev Conductance through a Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor Quantum Wire with Spin-Orbit Interaction

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    LI Yu-Xian

    2008-01-01

    Spin-dependent Andreev reflection and spin polarization through a diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum wire coupled to normal metallic and superconductor electrodes are investigated using scattering theory. When the spin-orbit coupling is considered, more Andreev conductance steps appear at the same Fermi energy. Magnetic semiconductor quantum wire separates the spin-up and spin-down electrons. The Fermi energy, at which different-spin-state electrons begin to separate, becomes lower due to the effect of the spin-orbit interaction. The spin filter effect can be measured more easily by investigating the Andreev conductance than by investigating the normal conductance.

  6. Dynamics of High-Order Spin-Orbit Couplings about Linear Momenta in Compact Binary Systems*

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    Huang, Li; Wu, Xin; Mei, Li-Jie; Huang, Guo-Qing

    2017-09-01

    This paper relates to the post-Newtonian Hamiltonian dynamics of spinning compact binaries, consisting of the Newtonian Kepler problem and the leading, next-to-leading and next-to-next-to-leading order spin-orbit couplings as linear functions of spins and momenta. When this Hamiltonian form is transformed to a Lagrangian form, besides the terms corresponding to the same order terms in the Hamiltonian, several additional terms, third post-Newtonian (3PN), 4PN, 5PN, 6PN and 7PN order spin-spin coupling terms, yield in the Lagrangian. That means that the Hamiltonian is nonequivalent to the Lagrangian at the same PN order but is exactly equivalent to the full Lagrangian without any truncations. The full Lagrangian without the spin-spin couplings truncated is integrable and regular. Whereas it is non-integrable and becomes possibly chaotic when any one of the spin-spin terms is dropped. These results are also supported numerically.

  7. Protection of a non-Fermi liquid by spin-orbit interaction

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    Nguyen, T. K. T.; Kiselev, M. N.

    2015-07-01

    We show that a thermoelectric transport through a quantum dot-single-mode quantum point contact nanodevice demonstrating pronounced fingerprints of nonFermi liquid (NFL) behavior in the absence of external magnetic field is protected from magnetic field NFL destruction by strong spin-orbit interaction (SOI). The mechanism of protection is associated with the appearance of additional scattering processes due to lack of spin conservation in the presence of both SOI and small Zeeman field. The interplay between in-plane magnetic field B ⃗ and SOI is controlled by the angle between B ⃗ and B⃗SOI. We predict strong dependence of the thermoelectric coefficients on the orientation of the magnetic field and discuss a window of parameters for experimental observation of NFL effects.

  8. An experimental study of HF photodissociation: Spin-orbit branching ratio and infrared alignment

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    Zhang, J.; Riehn, C. W.; Dulligan, M.; Wittig, C.

    1996-05-01

    Single rotational levels of HF (v=3) were prepared by using overtone excitation and these molecules were then photodissociated by ultraviolet (UV) radiation at 193.3 nm. Time-of-flight spectra of the hydrogen atom fragment provided the spin-orbit state distribution of the fluorine fragment. Changing the UV photolysis laser polarization confirmed an A 1Π←X 1Σ+ electronic transition in the photodissociation step. Photodissociation of HF at 121.6 nm is also reported. Infrared (IR) induced alignment of the diatom was studied by monitoring the IR laser polarization dependence of the H-atom product angular distribution. Depolarization due to hyperfine interaction was studied by using the R(0) transition. Agreement with theory is excellent.

  9. A critical comparison of electrical methods for measuring spin-orbit torques

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    Zhang, Xuanzi; Hung, Yu-Ming; Rehm, Laura; Kent, Andrew D.

    Direct (DC) and alternating current (AC) transport measurements of spin-orbit torques (SOTs) in heavy metal-ferromagnet heterostructure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy have been proposed and demonstrated. A DC method measures the change of perpendicular magnetization component while an AC method probes the first and second harmonic magnetization oscillation in responses to an AC current (~1 kHz). Here we conduct both types of measurements on β-Ta/CoFeB/MgO in the form of patterned Hall bars (20 μm linewidth) and compare the results. Experiments results are qualitatively in agreement with a macro spin model including Slonzewski-like and a field-like SOTs. However, the effective field from the ac method is larger than that obtained from the DC method. We discuss the possible origins of the discrepancy and its implications for quantitatively determining SOTs. Research supported by the SRC-INDEX program, NSF-DMR-1309202 and NYU-DURF award.

  10. Flying spin-qubit gates implemented through Dresselhaus and Rashba spin orbit couplings

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    Gong, S. J.; Yang, Z. Q.

    2007-07-01

    A theoretical scheme is proposed to implement flying spin-qubit gates based on two semiconductor wires with Dresselhaus and Rashba spin orbit couplings (SOCs), respectively. It is found that under the manipulation of the Dresselhaus/Rashba SOC, spin rotates around x/y axis in the three-dimensional spin space. By combining the two kinds of manipulations, i.e. connecting the two kinds of semiconductor wires in series, we obtain a universal set of losses flying single-qubit gates including Hadamard, phase, and π/8 gates. A ballistic switching effect of electronic flow is also found in the investigation. Our results may be useful in future spin or nanoscale electronics.

  11. Indirect exchange interaction in Rashba-spin-orbit-coupled graphene nanoflakes

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    Nikoofard, Hossein; Semiromi, Ebrahim Heidari

    2016-10-01

    We study the indirect exchange interaction, named Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling, between localized magnetic impurities in graphene nanoflakes with zig-zag edges in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction (RSOI). We calculate the isotropic and anisotropic RKKY amplitudes by utilizing the tight-binding (TB) model. The RSOI, as a gate tunable variable, is responsible for changes of the RKKY amplitude. We conclude that there is not any switching of the magnetic order (from ferro- to antiferro-magnetic and vice versa) in such a system through the RSOI. The dependence of the RKKY amplitude on the positions of the magnetic impurities and the size of the system is studied. The symmetry breaking, which can occur due to the Rashba interaction, leads to spatial anisotropy in the RKKY amplitude and manifests as collinear and noncollinear terms. Our results show the possibility of control and manipulation of spin correlations in carbon spin-based nanodevices.

  12. Superconductivity and magnetism in the presence of interface-induced Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Loder, Florian; Kampf, Arno P.; Kopp, Thilo [Zentrum fuer Elektronische Korrelationen und Magnetismus, Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    Two dimensional electron systems at oxide interfaces are often influenced by a Rashba type spin-orbit coupling (SOC), which is tunable by a transverse electric field. Ferromagnetism at the interface can simultaneously induce strong local magnetic fields. This combination of SOC and magnetism leads to anisotropic two-sheeted Fermi surfaces, on which superconductivity with finite-momentum pairing is favored. The superconducting order parameter is derived within a generalized pairing model realizing both, the FFLO superconductor in the limit of vanishing SOC and a mixed-parity pairing state with zero pair momentum if the magnetism vanishes. The nature of the pairing state is discussed in the context of interface superconductivity and ferromagnetism at LAO-STO interfaces.

  13. Zeeman and spin-orbit effects in the Andreev spectra of nanowire junctions

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    van Heck, B.; Väyrynen, J. I.; Glazman, L. I.

    2017-08-01

    We study the energy spectrum and the electromagnetic response of Andreev bound states in short Josephson junctions made of semiconducting nanowires. We focus on the joint effect of Zeeman and spin-orbit coupling on the Andreev level spectra. Our model incorporates the penetration of the magnetic field in the proximitized wires, which substantially modifies the spectra. We pay special attention to the occurrence of fermion-parity switches at increasing values of the field and to the magnetic field dependence of the absorption strength of microwave-induced transitions. Our calculations can be used to extract quantitative information from microwave and tunneling spectroscopy experiments, such as the recently reported measurements in Van Woerkom et al. [Nat. Phys. (2017), doi:, 10.1038/nphys4150].

  14. Influence of spin-orbit effects on structures and dielectric properties of neutral lead clusters

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    Götz, D. A.; Shayeghi, A.; Johnston, R. L.; Schwerdtfeger, P.; Schäfer, R.

    2014-04-01

    Combining molecular beam electric deflection experiments and global optimization techniques has proven to be a powerful tool for resolving equilibrium structures of neutral metal and semiconductor clusters. Herein, we present electric molecular beam deflection experiments on PbN (N = 7-18) clusters. Promising structures are generated using the unbiased Birmingham Cluster Genetic Algorithm approach based on density functional theory. The structures are further relaxed within the framework of two-component density functional theory taking scalar relativistic and spin orbit effects into account. Quantum chemical results are used to model electric molecular beam deflection profiles based on molecular dynamics calculations. Comparison of measured and simulated beam profiles allows the assignment of equilibrium structures for the most cluster sizes in the examined range for the first time. Neutral lead clusters adopt mainly spherical geometries and resemble the structures of lead cluster cations apart from Pb10. Their growth pattern deviates strongly from the one observed for tin and germanium clusters.

  15. Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torque via Modulation of Spin Current Absorption

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    Qiu, Xuepeng

    2016-11-18

    The magnitude of spin-orbit torque (SOT), exerted to a ferromagnet (FM) from an adjacent heavy metal (HM), strongly depends on the amount of spin current absorbed in the FM. We exploit the large spin absorption at the Ru interface to manipulate the SOTs in HM/FM/Ru multilayers. While the FM thickness is smaller than its spin dephasing length of 1.2 nm, the top Ru layer largely boosts the absorption of spin currents into the FM layer and substantially enhances the strength of SOT acting on the FM. Spin-pumping experiments induced by ferromagnetic resonance support our conclusions that the observed increase in the SOT efficiency can be attributed to an enhancement of the spin-current absorption. A theoretical model that considers both reflected and transmitted mixing conductances at the two interfaces of FM is developed to explain the results.

  16. Emergent spin electromagnetism induced by magnetization textures in the presence of spin-orbit interaction (invited)

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    Tatara, Gen, E-mail: gen.tatara@riken.jp [RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan (Japan); Nakabayashi, Noriyuki [RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan (Japan); Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 Japan (Japan)

    2014-05-07

    Emergent electromagnetic field which couples to electron's spin in ferromagnetic metals is theoretically studied. Rashba spin-orbit interaction induces spin electromagnetic field which is in the linear order in gradient of magnetization texture. The Rashba-induced effective electric and magnetic fields satisfy in the absence of spin relaxation the Maxwell's equations as in the charge-based electromagnetism. When spin relaxation is taken into account besides spin dynamics, a monopole current emerges generating spin motive force via the Faraday's induction law. The monopole is expected to play an important role in spin-charge conversion and in the integration of spintronics into electronics.

  17. Spin-orbit coupled jeff=1 /2 iridium moments on the geometrically frustrated fcc lattice

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    Cook, A. M.; Matern, S.; Hickey, C.; Aczel, A. A.; Paramekanti, A.

    2015-07-01

    Motivated by experiments on the double perovskites La2ZnIrO6 and La2MgIrO6 , we study the magnetism of spin-orbit coupled jeff=1 /2 iridium moments on the three-dimensional, geometrically frustrated, face-centered cubic lattice. The symmetry-allowed nearest-neighbor interaction includes Heisenberg, Kitaev, and symmetric off-diagonal exchange. A Luttinger-Tisza analysis shows a rich variety of orders, including collinear A -type antiferromagnetism, stripe order with moments along the {111 } direction, and incommensurate noncoplanar spirals, and we use Monte Carlo simulations to determine their magnetic ordering temperatures. We argue that existing thermodynamic data on these iridates underscores the presence of a dominant Kitaev exchange, and also suggest a resolution to the puzzle of why La2ZnIrO6 , but not La2MgIrO6 , exhibits "weak" ferromagnetism.

  18. Photosynthetic potential of planets in 3 : 2 spin-orbit resonances

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    Brown, S. P.; Mead, A. J.; Forgan, D. H.; Raven, J. A.; Cockell, C. S.

    2014-10-01

    Photosynthetic life requires sufficient photosynthetically active radiation to metabolize. On Earth, plant behaviour, physiology and metabolism are sculpted around the night-day cycle by an endogenous biological circadian clock. The evolution of life was influenced by the Earth-Sun orbital dynamic, which generates the photo-environment incident on the planetary surface. In this work, the unusual photo-environment of an Earth-like planet (ELP) in 3 : 2 spin-orbit resonance is explored. Photo-environments on the ELP are longitudinally differentiated, in addition to differentiations related to latitude and depth (for aquatic organisms) which are familiar on Earth. The light environment on such a planet could be compatible with Earth's photosynthetic life although the threat of atmospheric freeze-out and prolonged periods of darkness would present significant challenges. We emphasize the relationship between the evolution of life on a planetary body with its orbital dynamics.

  19. Spin orbit torques and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in dual-interfaced Co-Ni multilayers

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    Yu, Jiawei

    2016-09-07

    We study the spin orbit torque (SOT) and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) in the dual-interfaced Co-Ni perpendicular multilayers. Through the combination of top and bottom layer materials (Pt, Ta, MgO and Cu), SOT and DMI are efficiently manipulated due to an enhancement or cancellation of the top and bottom contributions. However, SOT is found to originate mostly from the bulk of a heavy metal (HM), while DMI is more of interfacial origin. In addition, we find that the direction of the domain wall (DW) motion can be either along or against the electron flow depending on the DW tilting angle when there is a large DMI. Such an abnormal DW motion induces a large assist field required for hysteretic magnetization reversal. Our results provide insight into the role of DMI in SOT driven magnetization switching, and demonstrate the feasibility of achieving desirable SOT and DMI for spintronic devices.

  20. Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torque via Modulation of Spin Current Absorption

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    Qiu, Xuepeng; Legrand, William; He, Pan; Wu, Yang; Yu, Jiawei; Ramaswamy, Rajagopalan; Manchon, Aurelien; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-11-01

    The magnitude of spin-orbit torque (SOT), exerted to a ferromagnet (FM) from an adjacent heavy metal (HM), strongly depends on the amount of spin current absorbed in the FM. We exploit the large spin absorption at the Ru interface to manipulate the SOTs in HM /FM /Ru multilayers. While the FM thickness is smaller than its spin dephasing length of 1.2 nm, the top Ru layer largely boosts the absorption of spin currents into the FM layer and substantially enhances the strength of SOT acting on the FM. Spin-pumping experiments induced by ferromagnetic resonance support our conclusions that the observed increase in the SOT efficiency can be attributed to an enhancement of the spin-current absorption. A theoretical model that considers both reflected and transmitted mixing conductances at the two interfaces of FM is developed to explain the results.

  1. Even-odd spatial nonequivalence for atomic quantum gases with isotropic spin-orbit couplings

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    Singh, G. S.; Gupta, Reena

    2014-05-01

    A general expression for the density of states (DOS) of power-law trapped d-dimensional ideal quantum gases with isotropic spin-orbit couplings (SOCs) is derived and is found to bifurcate into even- dand odd- d classes. The expressions for the grand potential and hence for several thermodynamic quantities are then shown to be amenable to exact analytical forms provided d is an odd integer. Also, a condition γ transition temperature and the condensate fraction in a 3D Bose gas under combined presence of the harmonic trapping and the Weyl coupling shows that the condensation is favored by the former but disfavored by the latter. This countering behavior is discussed to be in conformity with the exchange-symmetry-induced statistical interactions resulting from these two entities as enunciated recently [Phys. Rev. A 88, 053607 (2013)].

  2. Giant spin-orbit-induced spin splitting in two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide semiconductors

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    Zhu, Zhiyong

    2011-10-14

    Fully relativistic first-principles calculations based on density functional theory are performed to study the spin-orbit-induced spin splitting in monolayer systems of the transition-metal dichalcogenides MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2. All these systems are identified as direct-band-gap semiconductors. Giant spin splittings of 148–456 meV result from missing inversion symmetry. Full out-of-plane spin polarization is due to the two-dimensional nature of the electron motion and the potential gradient asymmetry. By suppression of the Dyakonov-Perel spin relaxation, spin lifetimes are expected to be very long. Because of the giant spin splittings, the studied materials have great potential in spintronics applications.

  3. Efimov physics and universal trimers in spin-orbit-coupled ultracold atomic mixtures

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    Shi, Zhe-Yu; Zhai, Hui; Cui, Xiaoling

    2015-02-01

    We study the two-body and three-body bound states in ultracold atomic mixtures with one of the atoms subjected to an isotropic spin-orbit (SO) coupling. We consider a system of two identical fermions interacting with one SO-coupled atom. It is found that there can exist two types of three-body bound states, Efimov trimers and universal trimers. The Efimov trimers are energetically less favored by the SO coupling, which will finally merge into the atom-dimer threshold as increasing the SO-coupling strength. Nevertheless, these trimers exhibit a discrete scaling law incorporating the SO-coupling effect. On the other hand, the universal trimers are more favored by the SO coupling. They can be induced at negative s -wave scattering lengths and with smaller mass ratios than those without SO coupling. These results are obtained by both the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and exact solutions from three-body equations.

  4. Ring-shaped Racetrack memory based on spin orbit torque driven chiral domain wall motions

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    Zhang, Yue; Zhang, Xueying; Hu, Jingtong; Nan, Jiang; Zheng, Zhenyi; Zhang, Zhizhong; Zhang, Youguang; Vernier, Nicolas; Ravelosona, Dafine; Zhao, Weisheng

    2016-10-01

    Racetrack memory (RM) has sparked enormous interest thanks to its outstanding potential for low-power, high-density and high-speed data storage. However, since it requires bi-directional domain wall (DW) shifting process for outputting data, the mainstream stripe-shaped concept certainly suffers from the data overflow issue. This geometrical restriction leads to increasing complexity of peripheral circuits or programming as well as undesirable reliability issue. In this work, we propose and study ring-shaped RM, which is based on an alternative mechanism, spin orbit torque (SOT) driven chiral DW motions. Micromagnetic simulations have been carried out to validate its functionality and exhibit its performance advantages. The current flowing through the heavy metal instead of ferromagnetic layer realizes the “end to end” circulation of storage data, which remains all the data in the device even if they are shifted. It blazes a promising path for application of RM in practical memory and logic.

  5. Giant Optical Polarization Rotation Induced by Spin-Orbit Coupling in Polarons

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    Casals, Blai; Cichelero, Rafael; García Fernández, Pablo; Junquera, Javier; Pesquera, David; Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Infante, Ingrid C.; Sánchez, Florencio; Fontcuberta, Josep; Herranz, Gervasi

    2016-07-01

    We have uncovered a giant gyrotropic magneto-optical response for doped ferromagnetic manganite La2 /3Ca1 /3MnO3 around the near room-temperature paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic transition. At odds with current wisdom, where this response is usually assumed to be fundamentally fixed by the electronic band structure, we point to the presence of small polarons as the driving force for this unexpected phenomenon. We explain the observed properties by the intricate interplay of mobility, Jahn-Teller effect, and spin-orbit coupling of small polarons. As magnetic polarons are ubiquitously inherent to many strongly correlated systems, our results provide an original, general pathway towards the generation of magnetic-responsive gigantic gyrotropic responses that may open novel avenues for magnetoelectric coupling beyond the conventional modulation of magnetization.

  6. Origin of fieldlike spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/ferromagnet/oxide thin film heterostructures

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    Ou, Yongxi; Pai, Chi-Feng; Shi, Shengjie; Ralph, D. C.; Buhrman, R. A.

    2016-10-01

    We report measurements of the thickness and temperature (T ) dependencies of current-induced spin-orbit torques, especially the fieldlike (FL) component, in various heavy metal (HM)/normal metal (NM) spacer/ferromagnet (FM)/oxide (MgO and Hf Ox/MgO ) heterostructures. The FL torque in these samples originates from spin current generated by the spin Hall effect in the HM. For a FM layer sufficiently thin that a substantial portion of this spin current can reach the FM/oxide interface, T-dependent spin scattering there can yield a strong FL torque that is, in some cases, opposite in sign to that exerted at the NM/FM interface.

  7. Strong spin-orbit fields and Dyakonov-Perel spin dephasing in supported metallic films

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    Long, Nguyen H.; Mavropoulos, Phivos; Bauer, David S. G.; Zimmermann, Bernd; Mokrousov, Yuriy; Blügel, Stefan

    2016-11-01

    Spin dephasing by the Dyakonov-Perel mechanism in metallic films deposited on insulating substrates is revealed, and quantitatively examined by means of density functional calculations combined with a kinetic equation. The surface-to-substrate asymmetry, probed by the metal wave functions in thin films, is found to produce strong spin-orbit fields and a fast Larmor precession, giving a dominant contribution to spin decay over the Elliott-Yafet spin relaxation up to a thickness of 70 nm. The spin dephasing is oscillatory in time with a rapid (subpicosecond) initial decay. However, parts of the Fermi surface act as spin traps, causing a persistent tail signal lasting 1000 times longer than the initial decay time. It is also found that the decay depends on the direction of the initial spin polarization, resulting in a spin-dephasing anisotropy of 200% in the examined cases.

  8. The SOAPS project – Spin-orbit alignment of planetary systems

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    Hebb L.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The wealth of information rendered by Kepler planets and planet candidates is indispensable for statistically significant studies of distinct planet populations, in both single and multiple systems. Empirical evidences suggest that Kepler's planet population shows different physical properties as compared to the bulk of known exoplanets. The SOAPS project, aims to shed light on Kepler's planets formation, their migration and architecture. By measuring v sini accurately for Kepler hosts with rotation periods measured from their high-precision light curves, we will assess the alignment of the planetary orbit with respect to the stellar spin axis. This degree of alignment traces the formation history and evolution of the planetary systems, and thus, allows to distinguish between different proposed migration theories. SOAPS will increase by a factor of 2 the number of spin-orbit alignment measurements pushing the parameters space down to the SuperEarth domain. Here we present our preliminary results.

  9. Electron transport for a laser-irradiated quantum channel with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Zhao Hua; Liao Wen-Hu; Zhou Guang-Hui

    2007-01-01

    We investigate theoretically the electron transport for a two-level quantum channel (wire) with Rashba spinorbit coupling under the irradiation of a longitudinally-polarized external laser field at low temperatures. Using the method of equation of motion for Keldysh nonequilibrium Green function, we examine the time-averaged spin polarized conductance for the system with photon polarization parallel to the wire direction. By analytical analysis and a few numerical examples, the interplay effects of the external laser field and the Rashba spin-orbit coupling on the spin-polarized conductance for the system are demonstrated and discussed. It is found that the longitudinally-polarized laser field can adjust the spin polarization rate and produce some photon sideband resonances of the conductance for the system.

  10. Conductance for a Quantum Wire with Weak Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    LIU Gen-Hua; ZHOU Guang-Hui

    2005-01-01

    @@ We theoretically study the low temperature electron transport properties of a weak Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) semiconductor quantum wire connected nonadiabatically to two electrode leads without SOC. The wire and the leads are defined by a parabolic confining potential, and the influence of both the wire-lead connection and the Rashba SOC on the electron transport is treated analytically by means of scattering matrix within effective free-electron approximation. From analytical analysis and numerical examples, we find that the system shows some fractional quantum conductance behaviour, and for some particular wire width a pure spin polarized current exists. Our result may imply a simple method for the design of a spin filter without involving any magnetic materials or magnetic fields.

  11. Nonlinear localized flat-band modes with spin-orbit coupling

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    Gligorić, G.; Maluckov, A.; Hadžievski, Lj.; Flach, Sergej; Malomed, Boris A.

    2016-10-01

    We report the coexistence and properties of stable compact localized states (CLSs) and discrete solitons (DSs) for nonlinear spinor waves on a flat-band network with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The system can be implemented by means of a binary Bose-Einstein condensate loaded in the corresponding optical lattice. In the linear limit, the SOC opens a minigap between flat and dispersive bands in the system's band-gap structure, and preserves the existence of CLSs at the flat-band frequency, simultaneously lowering their symmetry. Adding on-site cubic nonlinearity, the CLSs persist and remain available in an exact analytical form, with frequencies that are smoothly tuned into the minigap. Inside of the minigap, the CLS and DS families are stable in narrow areas adjacent to the FB. Deep inside the semi-infinite gap, both the CLSs and DSs are stable too.

  12. Probing variations of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling at the nanometre scale

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    Bindel, Jan Raphael; Pezzotta, Mike; Ulrich, Jascha; Liebmann, Marcus; Sherman, Eugene Ya.; Morgenstern, Markus

    2016-10-01

    As the Rashba effect is an electrically tunable spin-orbit interaction, it could form the basis for a multitude of applications, such as spin filters, spin transistors and quantum computing using Majorana states in nanowires. Moreover, this interaction can determine the spin dephasing and antilocalization phenomena in two dimensions. However, the real space pattern of the Rashba parameter, which critically influences spin transistors using the spin-helix state and the otherwise forbidden electron backscattering in topologically protected channels, is difficult to probe. Here, we map this pattern down to nanometre length scales by measuring the spin splitting of the lowest Landau level using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. We reveal strong fluctuations correlated with the local electrostatic potential for an InSb inversion layer with a large Rashba coefficient (~1 eV Å). This type of Rashba field mapping enables a more comprehensive understanding of its fluctuations, which might be decisive towards robust semiconductor-based spintronic devices.

  13. 2D Waveguides as spin devices: spin-orbit and lead effects

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    Meza-Montes, Lilia

    2011-03-01

    Straight waveguides with different shapes have been proposed as devices to control the spin polarized transport, with Rahsba spin-orbit interaction as the mechanism to induce spin mixing. Several theoretical approaches have been applied, mostly based on transfer-matrix method. Here, the Schroedinger equation is solved by means of the Finite-Element Method,finding good agreement with previous calculations. It is known that positions of the leads influence the ballistic transport in this sort of cavities due to changes in the spatial symmetry. The role of the lead positions on the transmission and, in turn on the spin polarization, will be discussed for several geometries. The linear Dresselhaus interaction is taken into account to consider zincblende structure. Implications for quantum dots is also addresed. Partially supported by VIEP-BUAP.

  14. Observation of the supersolid stripe phase in spin-orbit coupled Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Li, Junru; Huang, Wujie; Burchesky, Sean; Shteynas, Boris; Top, Furkan Çağrı; Jamison, Alan O; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    Supersolidity is an intriguing concept. It combines the property of superfluid flow with the long-range spatial periodicity of solids, two properties which are often mutually exclusive. The original discussion of quantum crystals and supersolidity focuses on solid Helium-4 where it was predicted that vacancies could form dilute weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensates. In this system, direct observation of supersolidity has been elusive. The concept of supersolidity was then generalized to include other superfluid systems which break the translational symmetry of space. One of such systems is a Bose-Einstein condensate with spin-orbit coupling which has a supersolid stripe phase. Despite several recent studies of this system, the stripe phase has not been observed. Here we report the direct observation of the predicted density modulation of the stripe phase using Bragg reflection. Our work establishes a system with unique symmetry breaking properties. Of future interest is further spatial symmetry breakin...

  15. Efficient spin filter using multi-terminal quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction

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    Yokoyama Tomohiro

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We propose a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction. First, we formulate the spin Hall effect (SHE in a quantum dot connected to three leads. We show that the SHE is significantly enhanced by the resonant tunneling if the level spacing in the quantum dot is smaller than the level broadening. We stress that the SHE is tunable by changing the tunnel coupling to the third lead. Next, we perform a numerical simulation for a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot fabricated on semiconductor heterostructures. The spin filter shows an efficiency of more than 50% when the conditions for the enhanced SHE are satisfied. PACS numbers: 72.25.Dc,71.70.Ej,73.63.Kv,85.75.-d

  16. Spin-orbit interaction of light and diffraction of polarized beams

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    Bekshaev, Aleksandr Ya

    2017-08-01

    The edge diffraction of a homogeneously polarized light beam is studied theoretically based on the paraxial optics and Fresnel-Kirchhoff approximation, and the dependence of the diffracted beam pattern of the incident beam polarization is predicted. If the incident beam is circularly polarized, the trajectory of the diffracted beam center of gravity exhibits a small angular deviation from the geometrically expected direction. The deviation is parallel to the screen edge and reverses the sign with the polarization handedness; it is explicitly calculated for the case of a Gaussian incident beam with a plane wavefront. This effect is a manifestation of the spin-orbit interaction of light and can be interpreted as a revelation of the internal spin energy flow immanent in circularly polarized beams. It also exposes the vortex character of the weak longitudinal field component associated with the circularly polarized incident beam.

  17. Photosynthetic Potential of Planets in 3:2 Spin Orbit Resonances

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    Brown, S P; Forgan, D H; Raven, J A; Cockell, C S

    2014-01-01

    Photosynthetic life requires sufficient photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) to metabolise. On Earth, plant behaviour, physiology and metabolism are sculpted around the night-day cycle by an endogenous biological circadian clock. The evolution of life was influenced by the Earth-Sun orbital dynamic, which generates the photo-environment incident on the planetary surface. In this work the unusual photo-environment of an Earth-like planet (ELP) in 3:2 spin orbit resonance is explored. Photo-environments on the ELP are longitudinally differentiated, in addition to differentiations relating to latitude and depth (for aquatic organisms) which are familiar on Earth. The light environment on such a planet could be compatible with Earth's photosynthetic life although the threat of atmospheric freeze-out and prolonged periods of darkness would present significant challenges. We emphasise the relationship between the evolution of life on a planetary body with its orbital dynamics.

  18. Spin-orbit interactions and quantum spin dynamics in cold ion-atom collisions

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    Tscherbul, Timur V; Buchachenko, Alexei A

    2015-01-01

    We present accurate ab initio and quantum scattering calculations on a prototypical hybrid ion-atom system Yb$^+$-Rb, recently suggested as a promising candidate for the experimental study of open quantum systems, quantum information processing, and quantum simulation. We identify the second-oder spin-orbit (SO) interaction as the dominant source of hyperfine relaxation and decoherence in cold Yb$^+$-Rb collisions. Our results are in good agreement with recent experimental observations [L. Ratschbacher et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 160402 (2013)] of hyperfine relaxation rates of trapped Yb$^+$ immersed in an ultracold Rb gas. The calculated rates are 4 times smaller than predicted by the Langevin capture theory and display a weak $T^{-0.3}$ temperature dependence, indicating significant deviations from statistical behavior. Our analysis underscores the deleterious nature of the SO interaction and implies that light ion-atom combinations such as Yb$^+$-Li should be used to minimize hyperfine relaxation and dec...

  19. Spin-orbit-induced strong coupling of a single spin to a nanomechanical resonator

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    Palyi, Andras [University of Konstanz (Germany); Eoetvoes University, Budapest (Hungary); Struck, Philipp R.; Burkard, Guido [University of Konstanz (Germany); Rudner, Mark [Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States); Flensberg, Karsten [Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States); Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2012-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the coupling of electron spin to vibrational motion due to curvature-induced spin-orbit coupling in suspended carbon nanotube quantum dots. Our estimates indicate that, with current capabilities, a quantum dot with an odd number of electrons can serve as a realization of the Jaynes-Cummings model of quantum electrodynamics in the strong-coupling regime. A quantized flexural mode of the suspended tube plays the role of the optical mode and we identify two distinct two-level subspaces, at small and large magnetic field, which can be used as qubits in this setup. The strong intrinsic spin-mechanical coupling allows for detection, as well as manipulation of the spin qubit, and may yield enhanced performance of nanotubes in sensing applications.

  20. Effect of rare earth metal on the spin-orbit torque in magnetic heterostructures

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    Ueda, Kohei; Pai, Chi-Feng; Tan, Aik Jun; Mann, Maxwell; Beach, Geoffrey S. D., E-mail: gbeach@mit.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    2016-06-06

    We report the effect of the rare earth metal Gd on current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) in perpendicularly magnetized Pt/Co/Gd heterostructures, characterized using harmonic measurements and spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance (ST-FMR). By varying the Gd metal layer thickness from 0 nm to 8 nm, harmonic measurements reveal a significant enhancement of the effective fields generated from the Slonczewski-like and field-like torques. ST-FMR measurements confirm an enhanced effective spin Hall angle and show a corresponding increase in the magnetic damping constant with increasing Gd thickness. These results suggest that Gd plays an active role in generating SOTs in these heterostructures. Our finding may lead to spin-orbitronics device application such as non-volatile magnetic random access memory, based on rare earth metals.

  1. Electron dynamics in the carbon atom induced by spin-orbit interaction

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    Rey, H F

    2014-01-01

    We use R-Matrix theory with Time dependence (RMT) to investigate multiphoton ionization of ground-state atomic carbon with initial orbital magnetic quantum number $M_L$=0 and $M_L$=1 at a laser wavelength of 390 nm and peak intensity of 10$^{14}$ W cm$^{-2}$. Significant differences in ionization yield and ejected-electron momentum distribution are observed between the two values for $M_L$. We use our theoretical results to model how the spin-orbit interaction affects electron emission along the laser polarization axis. Under the assumption that an initial C atom is prepared at zero time delay with $M_L=0$, the dynamics with respect to time delay of an ionizing probe pulse modelled using RMT theory is found to be in good agreement with available experimental data.

  2. Probing spin-orbit-interaction-induced electron dynamics in the carbon atom by multiphoton ionization

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    Rey, H. F.; van der Hart, H. W.

    2014-09-01

    We use R-matrix theory with time dependence (RMT) to investigate multiphoton ionization of ground-state atomic carbon with initial orbital magnetic quantum number ML=0 and ML=1 at a laser wavelength of 390 nm and peak intensity of 1014W/cm2. Significant differences in ionization yield and ejected-electron momentum distribution are observed between the two values for ML. We use our theoretical results to model how the spin-orbit interaction affects electron emission along the laser polarization axis. Under the assumption that an initial C atom is prepared at zero time delay with ML=0, the dynamics with respect to time delay of an ionizing probe pulse modeled by using RMT theory is found to be in good agreement with available experimental data.

  3. The functional renormalization group for interacting quantum systems with spin-orbit interaction

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    Grap, Stephan Michael [RWTH Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Theorie der Statistischen Physik

    2013-07-15

    We studied the influence of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) in interacting low dimensional quantum systems at zero temperature within the framework of the functional renormalization group (fRG). Among the several types of spin-orbit interaction the so-called Rashba spin-orbit interaction is especially intriguing for future spintronic applications as it may be tuned via external electric fields. We investigated its effect on the low energy physics of an interacting quantum wire in an applied Zeeman field which is modeled as a generalization of the extended Hubbard model. To this end we performed a renormalization group study of the two particle interaction, including the SOI and the Zeeman field exactly on the single particle level. Considering the resulting two band model, we formulated the RG equations for the two particle vertex keeping the full band structure as well as the non trivial momentum dependence of the low energy two particle scattering processes. In order to solve these equations numerically we defined criteria that allowed us to classify whether a given set of initial conditions flows towards the strongly coupled regime. We found regions in the models parameter space where a weak coupling method as the fRG is applicable and it is possible to calculate additional quantities of interest. Furthermore we analyzed the effect of the Rashba SOI on the properties of an interacting multi level quantum dot coupled to two semi in nite leads. Of special interest was the interplay with a Zeeman field and its orientation with respect to the SOI term. We found a renormalization of the spin-orbit energy which is an experimental quantity used to asses SOI effects in transport measurements, as well as renormalized effective g factors used to describe the Zeeman field dependence. In particular in asymmetrically coupled systems the large parameter space allows for rich physics which we studied by means of the linear conductance obtained via the generalized Landauer

  4. A diabatic representation including both valence nonadiabatic interactions and spin-orbit effects for reaction dynamics.

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    Valero, Rosendo; Truhlar, Donald G

    2007-09-06

    A diabatic representation is convenient in the study of electronically nonadiabatic chemical reactions because the diabatic energies and couplings are smooth functions of the nuclear coordinates and the couplings are scalar quantities. A method called the fourfold way was devised in our group to generate diabatic representations for spin-free electronic states. One drawback of diabatic states computed from the spin-free Hamiltonian, called a valence diabatic representation, for systems in which spin-orbit coupling cannot be ignored is that the couplings between the states are not zero in asymptotic regions, leading to difficulties in the calculation of reaction probabilities and other properties by semiclassical dynamics methods. Here we report an extension of the fourfold way to construct diabatic representations suitable for spin-coupled systems. In this article we formulate the method for the case of even-electron systems that yield pairs of fragments with doublet spin multiplicity. For this type of system, we introduce the further simplification of calculating the triplet diabatic energies in terms of the singlet diabatic energies via Slater's rules and assuming constant ratios of Coulomb to exchange integrals. Furthermore, the valence diabatic couplings in the triplet manifold are taken equal to the singlet ones. An important feature of the method is the introduction of scaling functions, as they allow one to deal with multibond reactions without having to include high-energy diabatic states. The global transformation matrix to the new diabatic representation, called the spin-valence diabatic representation, is constructed as the product of channel-specific transformation matrices, each one taken as the product of an asymptotic transformation matrix and a scaling function that depends on ratios of the spin-orbit splitting and the valence splittings. Thus the underlying basis functions are recoupled into suitable diabatic basis functions in a manner that

  5. Spin-orbital interaction of photons and fine splitting of levels in ring dielectric resonator

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    Bliokh, K Y

    2004-01-01

    We consider eigen modes of a ring resonator made of a circular dielectric waveguide. Taking into account the polarization corrections, which are responsible for the interaction of polarization and orbital properties of electromagnetic waves (spin-orbital interaction of photons), results in fine splitting of the levels of scalar approximation. The basic features of this fine structure of the levels are quite similar to that of electron levels in an atom. Namely: 1) sublevels of the fine structure are defined by an additional quantum number: product of helicity of the wave and its orbital moment; 2) each level of the scalar approximation splits into N sublevels (N is the principal quantum number); 3) each level of the fine structure remains twice degenerated due to local axial symmetry of the waveguide. Numerical estimations show that the described fine splitting of levels may be observed in optic-fiber ring resonators.

  6. Spin-orbit-induced longitudinal spin-polarized currents in nonmagnetic solids

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    Wimmer, S.; Seemann, M.; Chadova, K.; Ködderitzsch, D.; Ebert, H.

    2015-07-01

    For certain nonmagnetic solids with low symmetry the occurrence of spin-polarized longitudinal currents is predicted. These arise due to an interplay of spin-orbit interaction and the particular crystal symmetry. This result is derived using a group-theoretical scheme that allows investigating the symmetry properties of any linear response tensor relevant to the field of spintronics. For the spin conductivity tensor it is shown that only the magnetic Laue group has to be considered in this context. Within the introduced general scheme also the spin Hall and additional related transverse effects emerge without making reference to the two-current model. Numerical studies confirm these findings and demonstrate for (Au1-xPtx)4Sc that the longitudinal spin conductivity may be on the same order of magnitude as the conventional transverse one. The presented formalism only relies on the magnetic space group and therefore is universally applicable to any type of magnetic order.

  7. Gate-tunable indirect exchange interaction in spin-orbit-coupled mesoscopic rings

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    Nikoofard, H.; Heidari Semiromi, E.

    2015-05-01

    We study the carrier-mediated exchange interaction, the so-called Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling, between two magnetic impurity moments embedded in a semiconductor mesoscopic ring. We treat the ring in the presence of an Aharonov-Bohm-type magnetic flux and the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions (RSOI and DSOI). Energy eigenvalues of the system are obtained within a tight-binding framework and the strength of the indirect exchange interaction vs. RSOI strengths are plotted for different values of DSOI strength. The results show that the type of the impurity magnetic order, ferromagnetic (F) or antiferromagnetic (AF), depends on the RSOI and DSOI strengths. This leads to a full electrical control on the magnetic alignment of the system through, e.g., an external gate voltage.

  8. Electron spin resonance in a two-dimensional Fermi liquid with spin-orbit coupling

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    Maiti, Saurabh; Imran, Muhammad; Maslov, Dmitrii L.

    2016-01-01

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) is usually viewed as a single-particle phenomenon protected from the effect of many-body correlations. We show that this is not the case in a two-dimensional Fermi liquid (FL) with spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Depending on whether the in-plane magnetic field is below or above some critical value, ESR in such a system probes up to three chiral-spin collective modes, augmented by the spin mode in the presence of the field, or the Silin-Leggett mode. All the modes are affected by both SOC and FL renormalizations. We argue that ESR can be used as a probe not only for SOC but also for many-body physics.

  9. Goos-Hänchen shifts in spin-orbit-coupled cold atoms

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    Zhou, Lu; Qin, Jie-Li; Lan, Zhihao; Dong, Guangjiong; Zhang, Weiping

    2015-03-01

    We consider a matter wave packet of cold atom gas impinging upon a step potential created by an optical light field. In the presence of spin-orbit coupling, the atomic eigenstates contain two types of evanescent states, one of which is an ordinary evanescent state with a pure imaginary wave vector while the other possesses a complex wave vector and is recognized as an oscillating evanescent state. We show that the presence and interplay of these two types of evanescent states can give rise to two different mechanisms for total internal reflection, and thus lead to an unusual Goos-Hänchen (GH) effect. As a result, not only large positive but also large negative GH shifts can be observed in the reflected atomic beam. The dependence of the GH shift on the incident angle, energy, and height of the step potential is studied numerically.

  10. Interfacial spin-orbit splitting and current-driven spin torque in anisotropic tunnel junctions

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    Manchon, Aurelien

    2011-05-17

    Spin transport in magnetic tunnel junctions comprising a single magnetic layer in the presence of interfacial spin-orbit interaction (SOI) is investigated theoretically. Due to the presence of interfacial SOI, a current-driven spin torque can be generated at the second order in SOI, even in the absence of an external spin polarizer. This torque possesses two components, one in plane and one perpendicular to the plane of rotation, that can induce either current-driven magnetization switching from an in-plane to out-of-plane configuration or magnetization precessions, similar to spin transfer torque in spin valves. Consequently, it appears that it is possible to control the magnetization steady state and dynamics by either varying the bias voltage or electrically modifying the SOI at the interface.

  11. Asymmetric current-phase relation due to spin-orbit interaction in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction

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    Yokoyama, Tomohiro; Eto, Mikio [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Nazarov, Yuli V. [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, The Netherlands (Netherlands)

    2013-12-04

    We theoretically study the current-phase relation in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction in the presence of spin-orbit interaction. In the nanowire, the impurity scattering with strong SO interaction is taken into account using the random matrix theory. In the absence of magnetic field, the Josephson current I and phase difference φ between the superconductors satisfy the relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In the presence of magnetic field along the nanowire, the interplay between the SO interaction and Zeeman effect breaks the current-phase relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In this case, we show that the critical current depends on the current direction, which qualitatively agrees with recent experimental findings.

  12. The effect of spin-orbit coupling in band structure of few-layer graphene

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    Sahdan, Muhammad Fauzi, E-mail: sahdan89@yahoo.co.id; Darma, Yudi, E-mail: sahdan89@yahoo.co.id [Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesa 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2014-03-24

    Topological insulators are electronic materials that have a bulk band gap like an ordinary insulator but have protected conducting states on their edge or surface. This can be happened due to spin-orbit coupling and time-reversal symmetry. Moreover, the edge current flows through their edge or surface depends on its spin orientation and also it is robust against non-magnetic impurities. Therefore, topological insulators are predicted to be useful ranging from spintronics to quantum computation. Graphene was first predicted to be the precursor of topological insulator by Kane-Mele. They developed a Hamiltonian model to describe the gap opening in graphene. In this work, we investigate the band structure of few-layer graphene by using this model with analytical approach. The results of our calculations show that the gap opening occurs at K and K’ point, not only in single layer, but also in bilayer and trilayer graphene.

  13. Spin-orbit-coupling-induced magnetic heterostructure in the bilayer Bose-Hubbard system

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    Xiong, Bo; Zheng, Jun-hui; Lin, Yu-Ju; Wang, Daw-wei

    2016-12-01

    We investigate the magnetic phases of a bilayer system of ultracold bosons in the presence of Raman-induced spin-orbit (SO) coupling and laser-assisted interlayer tunneling. We consider this bilayer system in the Mott-insulating regime where on-site two-body interactions exceed all the tunneling terms. In such a system there exists a rich set of spin textures including hetero-ferromagnetic, heterochiral magnetic, and chiral magnetic phases with interlayer antiferromagnetic. In particular, the heterochiral magnetic phase induced by SO coupling occurs extremely rarely in solid-state materials. We theoretically analyze the contribution of interlayer ferromagnetic interaction to the formation of these magnetic phases, including interactions that arise from laser-assisted tunneling, stagger "magnetic field," and antisymmetric exchange, i.e., Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions. Finally, we detail an experimental setup that produces the desired interactions in a system of cold alkali-metal atoms.

  14. Magnetism and local symmetry breaking in a Mott insulator with strong spin orbit interactions

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    Lu, L.; Song, M.; Liu, W.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P.; Lee, H. O.; Fisher, I. R.; Mitrović, V. F.

    2017-01-01

    Study of the combined effects of strong electronic correlations with spin-orbit coupling (SOC) represents a central issue in quantum materials research. Predicting emergent properties represents a huge theoretical problem since the presence of SOC implies that the spin is not a good quantum number. Existing theories propose the emergence of a multitude of exotic quantum phases, distinguishable by either local point symmetry breaking or local spin expectation values, even in materials with simple cubic crystal structure such as Ba2NaOsO6. Experimental tests of these theories by local probes are highly sought for. Our local measurements designed to concurrently probe spin and orbital/lattice degrees of freedom of Ba2NaOsO6 provide such tests. Here we show that a canted ferromagnetic phase which is preceded by local point symmetry breaking is stabilized at low temperatures, as predicted by quantum theories involving multipolar spin interactions. PMID:28181502

  15. Bose-Bose mixtures with synthetic spin-orbit coupling in optical lattices

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    He, Liang; Ji, Anchun; Hofstetter, Walter

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the ground-state properties of Bose-Bose mixtures with Rashba-type spin-orbit (SO) coupling in a square lattice. The system displays rich physics from the deep Mott insulator (MI) all the way to the superfluid (SF) regime. In the deep MI regime, exotic spin-ordered phases arise due to the effective Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya type of superexchange interactions. By employing the nonperturbative bosonic dynamical mean-field theory (BDMFT), we numerically study and establish the stability of these magnetic phases against increasing hopping amplitude. We show that as hopping is increased across the MI to SF transition, exotic superfluid phases with magnetic textures emerge. In particular, we identify an exotic spin-spiral magnetic texture with spatial period 3 in the superfluid close to the MI-SF transition.

  16. Spin and charge transport in the presence of spin-orbit interaction

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    T P Pareek; P Bruno

    2002-02-01

    We present the study of spin and charge transport in nanostructures in the presence of spin-orbit (SO) interaction. Single band tight binding Hamiltonians for Elliot–Yafet and Rashba SO interaction are derived. Using these tight binding Hamiltonians and spin resolved Landauer–Büttiker formula, spin and charge transport is studied. Specifically numerical results are presented for a new method to perform magnetic scanning tunneling microscopy with non-magnetic tip but in the presence of Elliot–Yafet SO interaction. The spin relaxation phenomena in two-dimensional electron gas in the presence of Rashba SO interaction are studied and contrary to naive expectation, it is shown that disorder helps to reduce spin relaxation.

  17. Spin-orbit force, recoil corrections, and possible BB¯* and DD¯* molecular states

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    Zhao, Lu; Ma, Li; Zhu, Shi-Lin

    2014-05-01

    In the framework of the one-boson exchange model, we have calculated the effective potentials between two heavy mesons BB¯* and DD¯* from the t- and u-channel π-, η-, ρ-, ω-, and σ-meson exchanges with four kinds of quantum number: I=0, JPC=1++; I =0, JPC=1+-; I =1, JPC=1++; I =1, JPC=1+-. We keep the recoil corrections to the BB¯* and DD¯* systems up to O(1/M2). The spin-orbit force appears at O(/1M), which turns out to be important for the very loosely bound molecular states. Our numerical results show that the momentum-related corrections are unfavorable to the formation of the molecular states in the I =0, JPC=1++ and I =1, JPC=1+- channels in the DD¯* system.

  18. Spin-Orbit Coupling Effects in AumPtn Clusters (m + n = 4).

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    Moreno, Norberto; Ferraro, Franklin; Flórez, Elizabeth; Hadad, C Z; Restrepo, Albeiro

    2016-03-17

    A study of AumPtn(m + n = 4) clusters with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling using scalar relativistic (SR) and two component methods with the ZORA Hamiltonian was carried out. We employed the PW91 functional in conjunction with the all-electron TZ2P basis set. This paper offers a detailed analysis of the SO effects on the cluster geometries, on the LUMO-HOMO gap, on the charge distribution, and on the relative energies for each relativistic method. In general, SO coupling led to an energetic rearrangement of the species, to changes in geometries and structural preferences, to changes in the structural identity of the global minimum for the Au3Pt, AuPt3 and Pt4 cases, and to a reduction of relative energies among the clusters, an effect that appears stronger as the amount of Pt increases.

  19. Ballistic spin interferometer based on the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin orbit interactions

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    Ni, Jiating; Chen, Bin; Koga, T.

    2008-09-01

    By using the Al'tshuler-Aronov-Spivak (AAS) model, we give the amplitude changing with Rashba spin-orbit interaction (SOI) and Dresselhaus SOI strength. In the first idea 1D square loop (SL), Rashba SOI acts on two sides while Dresselhaus SOI acts on the other two sides. In the second SL, we consume Rashba SOI and Dresselhaus SOI act on four sides simultaneously. This model can be replaced by another one that Rashba SOI and Dresselhaus SOI act on every side independently, and each side is twice long. We theoretically illustrate the influence of the Dresselhaus SOI on node position and number. To explain the “half oscillation” phenomenon found in experiment, we apply Dresselhaus SOI to the ideal 1D SL. The conclusion is that the Dresselhaus SOI has a strong effect on the emergence of “half oscillation”.

  20. Ballistic spin interferometer based on the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    Ni Jiating [Department of Physics, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)], E-mail: jtni112@hotmail.com; Chen Bin [Department of Physics, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Koga, T. [Division of Electronics for Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, N-14, W-9, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0814 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4-1-8, Honchou, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)

    2008-09-15

    By using the Al'tshuler-Aronov-Spivak (AAS) model, we give the amplitude changing with Rashba spin-orbit interaction (SOI) and Dresselhaus SOI strength. In the first idea 1D square loop (SL), Rashba SOI acts on two sides while Dresselhaus SOI acts on the other two sides. In the second SL, we consume Rashba SOI and Dresselhaus SOI act on four sides simultaneously. This model can be replaced by another one that Rashba SOI and Dresselhaus SOI act on every side independently, and each side is twice long. We theoretically illustrate the influence of the Dresselhaus SOI on node position and number. To explain the 'half oscillation' phenomenon found in experiment, we apply Dresselhaus SOI to the ideal 1D SL. The conclusion is that the Dresselhaus SOI has a strong effect on the emergence of 'half oscillation'.

  1. Spin-orbit-induced resonances and threshold anomalies in a reduced dimension Fermi gas

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    Wang, Su-Ju

    2016-01-01

    We calculate the reflection and transmission probabilities in a one-dimensional Fermi gas with an equal mixing of the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling (RD-SOC) produced by an external Raman laser field. These probabilities are computed over multiple relevant energy ranges within the pseudo-potential approximation. Strong scattering resonances are found whenever the incident energy approaches either a scattering threshold or a quasi-bound state attached to one of the energetically closed higher dispersion branches. A striking difference is demonstrated between two very different regimes set by the Raman laser intensity, namely between scattering for the single- minimum dispersion versus the double-minimum dispersion at the lowest threshold. The presence of RD-SOC together with the Raman field fundamentally changes the scattering behavior and enables the realization of very different one-dimensional theoretical models in a single experimental setup when combined with a confinement-induced resonance.

  2. Local modification of spin orbit coupling in Sr2IrO4

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    McElroy, Kyle; Dai, Jixia; Calleja, Eduardo; Cao, Gang

    2014-03-01

    Sr2IrO4 has a novel Mott insulating ground state that is a result of strong spin orbit coupling (SOC) splitting the t2g states leaving a small bandwidth Jeff =1/2 valence band that can then be localized by the small 5d Coulomb repulsion. In order to investigate the effects that the strong SOC has on the novel ground state we have doped them with Rh4+ atoms, which lower the SOC, which substitute for the the Ir4+ ions. In bulk it has been shown that with only a small Rh concentration changes the insulating state to a metallic one and the low temperature magnetic state weakens. We have found several interesting results in these doped materials and will discuss them and what they tell us about the ground state of Sr2IrO4.

  3. Spin-charge and spin-orbital separations in density-functional theory

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    Vieira, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    It is known that the separation of electrons into spinons and chargons, the spin-charge separation, plays a decisive role when describing strongly correlated one-dimensional (1D) Friedel oscillations. Here, we extend the investigation by considering a third electron fractionalization: the separation into spinons and orbitons. Specifically, we deal with two exact constraints of exchange-correlation (XC) density-functionals: (i) The constancy of the highest occupied Kohn-Sham eigenvalues upon fractional electron numbers, and (ii) their discontinuities at integers. By means of 1D Hubbard chains, we show that spin-orbital separation can be decisive when dealing with derivative discontinuities of XC potentials, especially at strong correlations.

  4. Bi(114): A quasi one-dimensional metal with strong spin-orbit splitting

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    Hofmann, Philip; Rienks, Emile; Fuglsang Jensen, Maria [University of Aarhus (Denmark); Wells, Justin [University of Aarhus (Denmark); University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway); Dil, Hugo; Meier, Fabian; Lobo-Checa, Jorge [Universitaet Zuerich-Irchel (Switzerland); Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland); Petrov, Vladimir [St. Petersburg Technical University (Russian Federation); Osterwalder, Juerg [Universitaet Zuerich-Irchel (Switzerland); Ugeda, Miguel Moreno; Fernandez-Torrente, Isabel; Pascual, Jose Ignacio [Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    The (114) vicinal surface of the semimetal Bi is found to support a quasi one-dimensional, metallic surface state. As required by symmetry, the state is degenerate along the anti {gamma}- anti Y line of the surface Brillouin zone with a highest binding energy of {approx}100 meV. In the anti {gamma}- anti X direction the degeneracy is lifted by the strong spin-orbit interaction, as directly shown by spin-resolved photoemission. This results in a Fermi surface consisting of two closely separated, parallel lines of opposite spin direction. We discuss these findings in the light of the recently discovered topological stability of surface states on BiSb topological insulators.

  5. Ultra-fast three terminal perpendicular spin-orbit torque MRAM (Presentation Recording)

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    Boulle, Olivier; Cubukcu, Murat; Hamelin, Claire; Lamard, Nathalie; Buda-Prejbeanu, Liliana; Mikuszeit, Nikolai; Garello, Kevin; Gambardella, Pietro; Langer, Juergen; Ocker, Berthold; Miron, Mihai; Gaudin, Gilles

    2015-09-01

    The discovery that a current flowing in a heavy metal can exert a torque on a neighboring ferromagnet has opened a new way to manipulate the magnetization at the nanoscale. This "spin orbit torque" (SOT) has been demonstrated in ultrathin magnetic multilayers with structural inversion asymmetry (SIA) and high spin orbit coupling, such as Pt/Co/AlOx multilayers. We have shown that this torque can lead to the magnetization switching of a perpendicularly magnetized nanomagnet by an in-plane current injection. The manipulation of magnetization by SOT has led to a novel concept of magnetic RAM memory, the SOT-MRAM, which combines non volatility, high speed, reliability and large endurance. These features make the SOT-MRAM a good candidate to replace SRAM for non-volatile cache memory application. We will present the proof of concept of a perpendicular SOT-MRAM cell composed of a Ta/FeCoB/MgO/FeCoB magnetic tunnel junction and demonstrate ultra-fast (down to 300 ps) deterministic bipolar magnetization switching. Macrospin and micromagnetic simulations including SOT cannot reproduce the experimental results, which suggests that additional physical mechanisms are at stacks. Our results show that SOT-MRAM is fast, reliable and low power, which is promising for non-volatile cache memory application. We will also discuss recent experiments of magnetization reversal in ultrathin multilayers Pt/Co/AlOx by very short (<200 ps) current pulses. We will show that in this material, the Dzyaloshinskii-Moryia interaction plays a key role in the reversal process.

  6. Spin-orbital coupling effect on the power factor in semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers

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    Guo, San-Dong; Wang, Jian-Li

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers {{MX}}2 (M = Zr, Hf, Mo, W and Pt; X = S, Se and Te) are investigated by combining first-principles and Boltzmann transport theory, including spin-orbital coupling (SOC). It is found that the gap decrease increases from S to Te in each cation group when the SOC is opened. The spin-orbital splitting has the same trend with the gap reducing. The calculated results show that SOC has a noteworthy detrimental effect on the p-type power factor, while it has a negligible influence in n-type doping except for the W cation group, which can be understood by considering the effects of SOC on the valence and conduction bands. For {{WX}}2 (X = S, Se and Te), SOC leads to an observable enhanced power factor in n-type doping, which can be explained by SOC-induced band degeneracy, namely the bands converge. Among all of the cation groups, the Pt cation group shows the highest Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the best power factor, if we assume that the scattering time is fixed. The calculated results show that {{MS}}2 (M = Zr, Hf, Mo, W and Pt) have the best p-type power factor of all the cation groups, and that {{MSe}}2 (M = Zr and Hf), {{WS}}2 and {{MTe}}2 (M = Mo and Pt) have a more excellent n-type power factor in their respective cation group. Therefore, these results may be useful for further theoretical prediction or experimental research of excellent thermoelectric materials from semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers.

  7. Configuration interaction studies on the spectroscopic properties of PbO including spin-orbit coupling

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    Wang, Luo; Rui, Li; Zhiqiang, Gai; RuiBo, Ai; Hongmin, Zhang; Xiaomei, Zhang; Bing, Yan

    2016-07-01

    Lead oxide (PbO), which plays the key roles in a range of research fields, has received a great deal of attention. Owing to the large density of electronic states and heavy atom Pb including in PbO, the excited states of the molecule have not been well studied. In this work, high level multireference configuration interaction calculations on the low-lying states of PbO have been carried out by utilizing the relativistic effective core potential. The effects of the core-valence correlation correction, the Davidson modification, and the spin-orbital coupling on the electronic structure of the PbO molecule are estimated. The potential energy curves of 18 Λ-S states correlated to the lowest dissociation limit (Pb (3Pg) + O(3Pg)) are reported. The calculated spectroscopic parameters of the electronic states below 30000 cm-1, for instance, X1Σ+, 13Σ+, and 13Σ-, and their spin-orbit coupling interaction, are compared with the experimental results, and good agreements are derived. The dipole moments of the 18 Λ-S states are computed with the configuration interaction method, and the calculated dipole moments of X1Σ+ and 13Σ+ are consistent with the previous experimental results. The transition dipole moments from 11Π, 21Π, and 21Σ+ to X1Σ+ and other singlet excited states are estimated. The radiative lifetime of several low-lying vibrational levels of 11Π, 21Π, and 21Σ+ states are evaluated. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11404180 and 11574114), the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province, China (Grant No. A2015010), the University Nursing Program for Young Scholars with Creative Talents in Heilongjiang Province, China (Grant No. UNPYSCT-2015095), and the Natural Science Foundation of Jilin Province, China (Grant No. 20150101003JC).

  8. Spin-orbit coupled potential energy surfaces and properties using effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation

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    Ndome, Hameth; Eisfeld, Wolfgang

    2012-08-01

    A new method has been reported recently [H. Ndome, R. Welsch, and W. Eisfeld, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 034103 (2012)], 10.1063/1.3675846 that allows the efficient generation of fully coupled potential energy surfaces (PESs) including derivative and spin-orbit (SO) coupling. The method is based on the diabatic asymptotic representation of the molecular fine structure states and an effective relativistic coupling operator and therefore is called effective relativistic coupling by asymptotic representation (ERCAR). The resulting diabatic spin-orbit coupling matrix is constant and the geometry dependence of the coupling between the eigenstates is accounted for by the diabatization. This approach allows to generate an analytical model for the fully coupled PESs without performing any ab initio SO calculations (except perhaps for the atoms) and thus is very efficient. In the present work, we study the performance of this new method for the example of hydrogen iodide as a well-established test case. Details of the diabatization and the accuracy of the results are investigated in comparison to reference ab initio calculations. The energies of the adiabatic fine structure states are reproduced in excellent agreement with reference ab initio data. It is shown that the accuracy of the ERCAR approach mainly depends on the quality of the underlying ab initio data. This is also the case for dissociation and vibrational level energies, which are influenced by the SO coupling. A method is presented how one-electron operators and the corresponding properties can be evaluated in the framework of the ERCAR approach. This allows the computation of dipole and transition moments of the fine structure states in good agreement with ab initio data. The new method is shown to be very promising for the construction of fully coupled PESs for more complex polyatomic systems to be used in quantum dynamics studies.

  9. Spin-orbit corrections to the indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants in XH4 (X=C, Si, Ge, and Sn)

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    Kirpekar, Sheela; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aagaard; Oddershede, Jens

    1997-01-01

    Using the quadratic response function at the ab initio SCF level of approximation we have calculated the relativistic corrections from the spin-orbit Hamiltonian, HSO, to the indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants of XH4 (X = C, Si, Ge, and Sn). We find that the spin-orbit contributions to...

  10. Interface-Enhanced Spin-Orbit Torques and Current-Induced Magnetization Switching of Pd /Co /AlOx Layers

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    Ghosh, Abhijit; Garello, Kevin; Avci, Can Onur; Gabureac, Mihai; Gambardella, Pietro

    2017-01-01

    Magnetic heterostructures that combine large spin-orbit torque efficiency, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, and low resistivity are key to developing electrically controlled memory and logic devices. Here, we report on vector measurements of the current-induced spin-orbit torques and magnetization switching in perpendicularly magnetized Pd /Co /AlOx layers as a function of Pd thickness. We find sizable dampinglike (DL) and fieldlike (FL) torques, on the order of 1 mT per 107 A /cm2 , which have different thicknesses and magnetization angle dependencies. The analysis of the DL torque efficiency per unit current density and the electric field using drift-diffusion theory leads to an effective spin Hall angle and spin-diffusion length of Pd larger than 0.03 and 7 nm, respectively. The FL spin-orbit torque includes a significant interface contribution, is larger than estimated using drift-diffusion parameters, and, furthermore, is strongly enhanced upon rotation of the magnetization from the out-of-plane to the in-plane direction. Finally, taking advantage of the large spin-orbit torques in this system, we demonstrate bipolar magnetization switching of Pd /Co /AlOx layers with a similar current density to that used for Pt /Co layers with a comparable perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

  11. Spin-orbit alignment for KELT-7b and HAT-P-56b via Doppler tomography with TRES

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    Zhou, George; Latham, David W.; Bieryla, Allyson; Beatty, Thomas G.; Buchhave, Lars A.; Esquerdo, Gilbert A.; Berlind, Perry; Calkins, Michael L.

    2016-08-01

    We present Doppler tomographic analyses for the spectroscopic transits of KELT-7b and HAT-P-56b, two hot-Jupiters orbiting rapidly rotating F-dwarf host stars. These include analyses of archival Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph (TRES) observations for KELT-7b, and a new TRES transit observation of HAT-P-56b. We report spin-orbit aligned geometries for KELT-7b (2.7° ± 0.6°) and HAT-P-56b (8° ± 2°). The host stars KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 are among some of the most rapidly rotating planet-hosting stars known. We examine the tidal re-alignment model for the evolution of the spin-orbit angle in the context of the spin rates of these stars. We find no evidence that the rotation rates of KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 have been modified by star-planet tidal interactions, suggesting that the spin-orbit angle of systems around these hot stars may represent their primordial configuration. In fact, KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 are two of three systems in supersynchronous, spin-orbit aligned states, where the rotation periods of the host stars are faster than the orbital periods of the planets.

  12. Spin orbit alignment for KELT-7b and HAT-P-56b via Doppler tomography with TRES

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    Zhou, George; Bieryla, Allyson; Beatty, Thomas G; Buchhave, Lars A; Esquerdo, Gilbert A; Berlind, Perry; Calkins, Michael L

    2016-01-01

    We present Doppler tomographic analyses for the spectroscopic transits of KELT-7b and HAT-P-56b, two hot-Jupiters orbiting rapidly rotating F-dwarf host stars. These include analyses of archival TRES observations for KELT-7b, and a new TRES transit observation of HAT-P-56b. We report spin-orbit aligned geometries for KELT-7b (2.7 +/- 0.6 deg) and HAT-P-56b (8 +/- 2 deg). The host stars KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 are among some of the most rapidly rotating planet-hosting stars known. We examine the tidal re-alignment model for the evolution of the spin-orbit angle in the context of the spin rates of these stars. We find no evidence that the rotation rates of KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 have been modified by star-planet tidal interactions, suggesting that the spin-orbit angle of systems around these hot stars may represent their primordial configuration. In fact, KELT-7 and HAT-P-56 are two of three systems in super-synchronous, spin-orbit aligned states, where the rotation periods of the host stars are faster than the orbita...

  13. Effects of the spin-orbit and tensor interactions on the M1 and E2 excitations in light nuclei

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    Fayache, M S; Zamick, L; Von Neumann-Cosel, P; Richter, A

    1996-01-01

    The effects of varying the spin-orbit and tensor components of a realistic interaction on M1 excitation rates and B(E2)'s are studied on nuclei in the 0p and 1s-0d shells. Not only the total M1 but also the spin and orbital parts separately are studied. The single-particle energies are first calculated with the same interaction that is used between the valence nucleons. Later this stringent condition is relaxed somewhat and the 1s level is raised relative to 0d. For nuclei up to ^{28}Si, much better results i.e stronger B(M1) rates are obtained by increasing the strength of the spin-orbit interaction relative to the free value. This is probably also true for ^{32}S, but ^{36}Ar presents some difficulties. The effects of weakening the tensor interaction are also studied. On a more subtle level, the optimum spin-orbit interaction in the lower half of the s-d shell, as far as M1 excitations are concerned, is substantially larger than the difference E(J=3/2^+)_1-E(J=5/2^+)_1=5.2~MeV in ^{17}O. A larger spin-orbit...

  14. Dynamics of Stellar Spin Driven by Planets Undergoing Lidov-Kozai Migration: Paths to Spin-Orbit Misalignment

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    Storch, Natalia I; Anderson, Kassandra R

    2016-01-01

    Many exoplanetary systems containing hot Jupiters (HJs) exhibit significant misalignment between the spin axes of the host stars and the orbital angular momentum axes of the planets ("spin-orbit misalignment"). High-eccentricity migration involving Lidov-Kozai oscillations of the planet's orbit induced by a distant perturber is a possible channel for producing such misaligned HJ systems. Previous works have shown that the dynamical evolution of the stellar spin axis during the high-$e$ migration plays a dominant role in generating the observed spin-orbit misalignment. Numerical studies have also revealed various patterns of the evolution of the stellar spin axis leading to the final misalignment. Here we develop an analytic theory to elucidate the evolution of spin-orbit misalignment during the Lidov-Kozai migration of planets in stellar binaries. Secular spin-orbit resonances play a key role in the misalignment evolution. We include the effects of short-range forces and tidal dissipation, and categorize the ...

  15. Effects of spin-orbit coupling on the electronic states and spectroscopic properties of diatomic SeS

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    Chattopadhyaya, Surya; Nath, Abhijit; Das, Kalyan Kumar

    2016-03-01

    The electronic states and spectroscopic properties of selenium monosulfide (78Se32S) have been studied using relativistic configuration interaction methodology that includes effective core potentials of the constituent atoms. Potential energy curves of several spin-excluded (Λ-S) electronic states have been constructed and spectroscopic constants of low-lying bound Λ-S states within 5.1 eV are reported in the first stage of the calculations. In the next stage, the spin-orbit interaction has been incorporated and its effects on the potential energy curves and spectroscopic properties of the species have been investigated in detail. After the inclusion of spin-orbit coupling, the {{{{X}}}{{1}}}{{3}}{Σ }{0+}- is identified as the spin-orbit (Ω) ground state of the species. The transition moments of several important dipole-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions are calculated and the radiative lifetimes of the excited states involved in the respective transitions are computed. Electric dipole moments (μ z) for some low-lying bound Λ-S states as well as a few low-lying spin-orbit states (Ω-states) are also calculated in the present study.

  16. Electronic, structural, and thermodynamic properties of mixed actinide dioxides (U, Pu, Am) O2 from hybrid density functional theory

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    Ma, Li; Ray, Asok K.

    2010-03-01

    As a continuation of our studies of pure actinide metals using hybrid density functional theory,footnotetextR. Atta-Fynn and A. K. Ray, Europhysics Letters, 85, 27008-p1- p6 (2009); Chemical Physics Letters, 482, 223-227 (2009). we present here a systematic study of the electronic and geometric structure properties of mixed actinide dioxides, U0.5Pu0.5O2, U0.5Am0.5O2, Pu0.5Am0.5 O2 and U0.8Pu0.2O2. The fraction of exact Hartree-Fock exchange used was 40%. To investigate the effect of spin-orbit coupling on the ground state electronic and geometric structure properties, computations have been carried out at two theoretical levels, one at the scalar-relativistic level with no spin-orbit coupling and one at the fully relativistic level with spin-orbit coupling. Thermodynamic properties have been calculated by a coupling of first-principles calculation and lattice dynamics.

  17. Design of spin-forbidden transitions for polypyridyl metal complexes by time-dependent density functional theory including spin-orbit interaction.

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    Kanno, Shohei; Imamura, Yutaka; Hada, Masahiko

    2016-05-25

    We explore spin-forbidden transitions for a Ru dye with an N3 skeleton and an Fe dye with a DX1 skeleton by time-dependent density functional theory with spin-orbit interaction. The modified N3-based Ru dye with iodine anions has an absorption edge in the long wavelength region which is not observed in the original N3 dye. The long wavelength absorption edge originates from the spin-orbit interaction with iodine. Although the Fe dye has a small spin-orbit interaction, because of less spin-orbit interaction from the light metal, spin-forbidden transitions also occur for DX1-based Fe dye systems with iodine anions. This result indicates that the introduction of iodine can strengthen the spin-orbit interaction for a dye sensitizer and offers a new approach for designing spin-forbidden transitions.

  18. Electronic structure of the actinide-Rh3 systems and the 5f localization in UPd3

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    Eriksson, Olle; Johansson, Börje; Brooks, M. S. S.

    1989-01-01

    We present electronic-structure calculations for the isostructural (AuCu3-structure) series of intermetallic compounds ARh3 (A=Ac, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, and Cm). The calculations were performed using both the scalar relativistic and the fully relativistic linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO) method....... The localization of the 5f electrons in UPd3 as opposed to the itinerant 5f behavior for the earlier compounds (UMo3, UTc3 , URu3, and URh3) is explained in terms of the variation of the hybridization between 5f and ligand 4d states through the series....

  19. Delocalization and occupancy effects of 5f orbitals in plutonium intermetallics using L3-edge resonant X-ray emission spectroscopy

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    Booth, C. H.; Medling, S. A.; Jiang, Yu; Bauer, E. D.; Tobash, P. H.; Mitchell, J. N.; Veirs, D. K.; Wall, M. A.; Allen, P. G.; Kas, J. J.; Sokaras, D.; Nordlund, D.; Weng, T. -C.

    2014-06-24

    Although actinide (An) L3 -edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy has been very effective in determining An oxidation states in insulating, ionically bonded materials, such as in certain coordination compounds and mineral systems, the technique fails in systems featuring more delocalized 5f orbitals, especially in metals. Recently, actinide L3-edge resonant X-ray emission spec- troscopy (RXES) has been shown to be an effective alternative. This technique is further demonstrated here using a parameterized partial unoccupied density of states method to quantify both occupancy and delocalization of the 5f orbital in ?-Pu, ?-Pu, PuCoGa5 , PuCoIn5 , and PuSb2. These new results, supported by FEFF calculations, highlight the effects of strong correlations on RXES spectra and the technique?s ability to differentiate between f-orbital occupation and delocalization.

  20. Ballistic magnetotransport and spin-orbit interaction in indium antimonide and indium arsenide quantum wells

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    Peters, John Archibald

    While charge transport in a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) is fairly well understood, many open experimental and theoretical questions related to the spin of electrons remain. The standard 2DES embedded in Alx Ga1-xAs/GaAs heterostructures is most likely not the optimal candidate for such investigations, since spin effects as well as spin-orbit interactions are small perturbations compared to other effects. This has brought InSb- and InAs-based material systems into focus due to the possibility of large spin-orbit interactions. By utilizing elastic scattering off a lithographic barrier, we investigate the consequence of spin on different electron trajectories observed in InSb and InAs quantum wells. We focus on the physical properties of spin-dependent reflection in a 2DES and we present experimental results demonstrating a method to create spin-polarized beams of ballistic electrons in the presence of a lateral potential barrier. Spatial separation of electron spins using cyclotron motion in a weak magnetic is also achieved via transverse magnetic focusing. We also explore electrostatic gating effects in InSb/InAlSb heterostructures and demonstrate the effective use of polymethylglutarimide (PMGI) as a gate dielectric for InSb. The dependence on temperature and on front gate voltage of mobility and density are also examined, revealing a strong dependence of mobility on density. As regards front gate action, there is saturation in the density once it reaches a limiting value. Further, we investigate antidot lattices patterned on InSb/InAlSb and InAs/AlGaSb heterostructures. At higher magnetic fields, ballistic commensurability features are displayed while at smaller magnetic fields localization and quantized oscillatory phenomena appear, with marked differences between InSb and InAs. Interesting localization behavior is exhibited in InSb, with the strength of the localization peak decreasing exponentially with temperature between 0.4 K and 50 K. InAs on the

  1. Spin-orbit misalignment in the HD 80606 planetary system

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    Pont, F.; Hébrard, G.; Irwin, J. M.; Bouchy, F.; Moutou, C.; Ehrenreich, D.; Guillot, T.; Aigrain, S.; Bonfils, X.; Berta, Z.; Boisse, I.; Burke, C.; Charbonneau, D.; Delfosse, X.; Desort, M.; Eggenberger, A.; Forveille, T.; Lagrange, A.-M.; Lovis, C.; Nutzman, P.; Pepe, F.; Perrier, C.; Queloz, D.; Santos, N. C.; Ségransan, D.; Udry, S.; Vidal-Madjar, A.

    2009-08-01

    We recently reported the photometric and spectroscopic detection of the primary transit of the 111-day-period, eccentric extra-solar planet HD 80606b, at Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France. The whole egress of the primary transit and a section of its central part were observed, allowing the measurement of the planetary radius, and evidence for a spin-orbit misalignment through the observation of the Rossiter-McLaughlin anomaly. The ingress not having been observed for this long-duration transit, uncertainties remained in the parameters of the system. We present here a refined, combined analysis of our photometric and spectroscopic data, together with further published radial velocities, ground-based photometry, and Spitzer photometry around the secondary eclipse, as well as new photometric measurements of HD 80606 acquired at Mount Hopkins, Arizona, just before the beginning of the primary transit. Although the transit is not detected in those new data, they provide an upper limit for the transit duration, which narrows down the possible behaviour of the Rossiter-McLaughlin anomaly in the unobserved part of the transit. We analyse the whole data with a Bayesian approach using a Markov-chain Monte Carlo integration on all available information. We find Rp = 0.98 ± 0.03 {R}_Jup for the planetary radius, and a total primary transit duration of 11.9 ± 1.3 h from first to fourth contact. Our analysis reinforces the hypothesis of spin-orbit misalignment in this system (alignment excluded at >95% level), with a positive projected angle between the planetary orbital axis and the stellar rotation (median solution λ ˜ 50°). As HD 80606 is a component of a binary system, the peculiar orbit of its planet could result from a Kozai mechanism. Based on observations made with the 1.20-m and 1.93-m telescopes at Observatoire de Haute-Provence (CNRS), France, by the SOPHIE consortium (program 07A.PNP.CONS), and with a 16-inch telescope at Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, USA, by the

  2. Coulomb and spin-orbit interactions in random phase approximation calculations

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    De Donno, V; Anguiano, M; Lallena, A M

    2013-01-01

    We present a fully self-consistent computational framework composed by Hartree-Fock plus ran- dom phase approximation where the spin-orbit and Coulomb terms of the interaction are included in both steps of the calculations. We study the effects of these terms of the interaction on the random phase approximation calculations, where they are usually neglected. We carry out our investigation of excited states in spherical nuclei of oxygen, calcium, nickel, zirconium, tin and lead isotope chains. We use finite-range effective nucleon-nucleon interactions of Gogny type. The size of the effects we find is, usually, of few hundreds of keV. There are not simple approximations which can be used to simulate these effects since they strongly depend on all the variables related to the excited states, angular momentum, parity, excitation energy, isoscalar and isovector characters. Even the Slater approximation developed to account for the Coulomb exchange terms in Hartree-Fock is not valid in random phase approximation ca...

  3. Bodily tides near the 1:1 spin-orbit resonance. Correction to Goldreich's dynamical model

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    Williams, James G

    2012-01-01

    Spin-orbit coupling is often described in the "MacDonald torque" approach which has become the textbook standard. Within this method, a concise expression for the additional tidal potential, derived by MacDonald (1964; Rev. Geophys. 2, 467), is combined with an assumption that the Q factor is frequency-independent (i.e., that the geometric lag angle is constant in time). This makes the approach unphysical because MacDonald's derivation of the said formula was implicitly based on keeping the time lag frequency-independent, which is equivalent to setting Q to scale as the inverse tidal frequency. The contradiction requires the MacDonald treatment of both non-resonant and resonant rotation to be rewritten. The non-resonant case was reconsidered by Efroimsky & Williams (2009; CMDA 104, 257), in application to spin modes distant from the major commensurabilities. We continue this work by introducing the necessary alterations into the MacDonald-torque-based model of falling into a 1:1 resonance. (For the origin...

  4. Spin-orbit torque switching without an external field using interlayer exchange coupling

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    Lau, Yong-Chang; Betto, Davide; Rode, Karsten; Coey, J. M. D.; Stamenov, Plamen

    2016-09-01

    Manipulation of the magnetization of a perpendicular ferromagnetic free layer by spin-orbit torque (SOT) is an attractive alternative to spin-transfer torque (STT) in oscillators and switches such as magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) where a high current is passed across an ultrathin tunnel barrier. A small symmetry-breaking bias field is usually needed for deterministic SOT switching but it is impractical to generate the field externally for spintronic applications. Here, we demonstrate robust zero-field SOT switching of a perpendicular CoFe free layer where the symmetry is broken by magnetic coupling to a second in-plane exchange-biased CoFe layer via a nonmagnetic Ru or Pt spacer. The preferred magnetic state of the free layer is determined by the current polarity and the sign of the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC). Our strategy offers a potentially scalable solution to realize bias-field-free switching that can lead to a generation of SOT devices, combining a high storage density and endurance with a low power consumption.

  5. How terrestrial planets traverse spin-orbit resonances: A camel goes through a needle's eye

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    Makarov, Valeri V

    2011-01-01

    The dynamical evolution of terrestrial planets resembling Mercury in the vicinity of spin-orbit resonances is investigated using comprehensive harmonic expansions of the tidal torque with accurate expressions for the frequency-dependent quality factors and Love numbers. The torque equations are integrated numerically with a small step in time, taking into account the oscillating triaxial torque components but neglecting the layered structure of the planet and assuming a zero obliquity. We find that a Mercury-like planet with its current value of orbital eccentricity (0.2056) is always captured in the 3:2 resonance, and invariably traverses all higher resonances. The circumstances of a resonance passage are remarkable, in that it happens very quickly, in a sudden lunge. Considering the phase space parameters at the times of periastron, a Mercury-like planet can traverse the resonance only if its angle with respect to the star is close to $\\pm\\pi/2$, i.e., if the planet is positioned sidewise, with the longest ...

  6. Mapping Earth-analogs from Photometric Variability: Spin-Orbit Tomography for Planets in Inclined Orbits

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    Fujii, Yuka

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at obtaining detailed information of surface environment of Earth-analogs, Kawahara & Fujii 2011 proposed an inversion technique of annual scattered light curves named the spin-orbit tomography (SOT), which enables one to sketch a 2-dimensional albedo map from annual variation of the disk-integrated scattered light, and demonstrated the method with a planet in a face-on orbit. We extend it to be applicable to general geometric configurations, including low-obliquity planets like the Earth in inclined orbits. We simulate light curves of the Earth in an inclined orbit in three photometric bands (0.4-0.5um, 0.6-0.7um, and 0.8-0.9um) and show that the distribution of clouds, snow, and continents are retrieved with the aid of the SOT. We also demonstrate the SOT by applying it to an upright Earth, a tidally-locked Earth, and Earth-analogs with ancient continental configurations. The inversion is model-independent in the sense that we do not assume specific albedo models when mapping the surface, and hen...

  7. Magnetization switching by spin-orbit torque in an antiferromagnet-ferromagnet bilayer system

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    Fukami, Shunsuke; Zhang, Chaoliang; Duttagupta, Samik; Kurenkov, Aleksandr; Ohno, Hideo

    2016-05-01

    Spin-orbit torque (SOT)-induced magnetization switching shows promise for realizing ultrafast and reliable spintronics devices. Bipolar switching of the perpendicular magnetization by the SOT is achieved under an in-plane magnetic field collinear with an applied current. Typical structures studied so far comprise a nonmagnet/ferromagnet (NM/FM) bilayer, where the spin Hall effect in the NM is responsible for the switching. Here we show that an antiferromagnet/ferromagnet (AFM/FM) bilayer system also exhibits a SOT large enough to switch the magnetization of the FM. In this material system, thanks to the exchange bias of the AFM, we observe the switching in the absence of an applied field by using an antiferromagnetic PtMn and ferromagnetic Co/Ni multilayer with a perpendicular easy axis. Furthermore, tailoring the stack achieves a memristor-like behaviour where a portion of the reversed magnetization can be controlled in an analogue manner. The AFM/FM system is thus a promising building block for SOT devices as well as providing an attractive pathway towards neuromorphic computing.

  8. Spin-orbit photonic interaction engineering of Bessel beams (Conference Presentation)

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    Aleksanyan, Artur; Brasselet, Etienne

    2016-09-01

    Interaction between the polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of a light field has become a powerful tool to tailor the amplitude and phase of light beams. This usually implies the use of space-variant photonic elements involving sophisticated fabrication technologies. Here we report on the optical spin-orbit engineering of the intensity, phase, and polarization structure of Bessel light beams using a homogeneous birefringent axicon. Various kinds of spatially modulated free-space light fields are predicted depending on the nature of the incident light field impinging on the birefringent axicon. In particular, we present the generation of bottle beam arrays, hollow beams with periodic modulation of the core size, and hollow needle beams with periodic modulation of the orbital angular momentum. An experimental attempt is also reported. The proposed structured light fields may find applications in long-distance optical manipulation endowed with self-healing features, periodic atomic waveguides, contactless handling of high aspect ratio micro-objects, and optical shearing of matter.

  9. Muon Beam Tracking and Spin-Orbit Correlations for Precision g-2 Measurements

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    Tarazona, David [Michigan State U., East Lansing (main); Berz, Martin [Michigan State U., East Lansing (main); Hipple, Robert [Michigan State U., East Lansing (main); Makino, Kyoko [Michigan State U., East Lansing (main); Syphers, Michael [Fermilab

    2016-06-01

    The main goal of the Muon g-2 Experiment (g-2) at Fermilab is to measure the muon anomalous magnetic moment to unprecedented precision. This new measurement will allow to test the completeness of the Standard Model (SM) and to validate other theoretical models beyond the SM. The close interplay of the understanding of particle beam dynamics and the preparation of the beam properties with the experimental measurement is tantamount to the reduction of systematic errors in the determination of the muon anomalous magnetic moment. We describe progress in developing detailed calculations and modeling of the muon beam delivery system in order to obtain a better understanding of spin-orbit correlations, nonlinearities, and more realistic aspects that contribute to the systematic errors of the g-2 measurement. Our simulation is meant to provide statistical studies of error effects and quick analyses of running conditions for when g-2 is taking beam, among others. We are using COSY, a differential algebra solver developed at Michigan State University that will also serve as an alternative to compare results obtained by other simulation teams of the g-2 Collaboration.

  10. Fast numerics for the spin orbit equation with realistic tidal dissipation and constant eccentricity

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    Bartuccelli, Michele; Deane, Jonathan; Gentile, Guido

    2017-08-01

    We present an algorithm for the rapid numerical integration of a time-periodic ODE with a small dissipation term that is C^1 in the velocity. Such an ODE arises as a model of spin-orbit coupling in a star/planet system, and the motivation for devising a fast algorithm for its solution comes from the desire to estimate probability of capture in various solutions, via Monte Carlo simulation: the integration times are very long, since we are interested in phenomena occurring on timescales of the order of 10^6-10^7 years. The proposed algorithm is based on the high-order Euler method which was described in Bartuccelli et al. (Celest Mech Dyn Astron 121(3):233-260, 2015), and it requires computer algebra to set up the code for its implementation. The payoff is an overall increase in speed by a factor of about 7.5 compared to standard numerical methods. Means for accelerating the purely numerical computation are also discussed.

  11. Shell evolution and its indication on the isospin dependence of the spin-orbit splitting

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    Xu, Zhen-Xiang

    2013-01-01

    The available experimental data on shell evolution indicate that the strength of the spin-orbit (SO) single-particle potential may be enhanced in neutron-rich nuclei. We observe that such a simple scheme destroys the Harmonic Oscillator (HO) magic numbers N=8 and 20 and generates new SO magic numbers like N=6, 14, 16, 32 and 34. The traditional SO magic numbers like N=28 and 50 and N=14 seen in $^{22}$O are eroded somehow in neutron-rich nuclei due to the sensitivity of larger-$l$ orbitals to the depth of the central potential but they are more robust than the HO magic numbers. The N=82 shell closure persists in neutron-rich nuclei while HO shell closures like N=40 and 70 do not emerge. Both mechanisms contribute to enhancing the N=56 and 90 gaps by splitting the $1d_{5/2}$ and $0g_{7/2}$ and the $0h_{9/2}$ and $1f_{7/2}$ orbitals.

  12. Fieldlike spin-orbit torque in ultrathin polycrystalline FeMn films

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    Yang, Yumeng; Xu, Yanjun; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Shufeng; Li, Run-Wei; Mirshekarloo, Meysam Sharifzadeh; Yao, Kui; Wu, Yihong

    2016-03-01

    Fieldlike spin-orbit torque in FeMn/Pt bilayers with ultrathin polycrystalline FeMn has been characterized through planar Hall effect measurements. A large effective field of 2.05 ×10-5 to 2.44 ×10-5Oe (A-1cm2) is obtained for FeMn in the thickness range of 2-5 nm. The experimental observations can be reasonably accounted for by using a macrospin model under the assumption that the FeMn layer is composed of two spin sublattices with unequal magnetizations. The large effective field corroborates the spin Hall origin of the effective field, considering the much smaller uncompensated net moments in FeMn as compared to NiFe. The effective absorption of spin current by FeMn is further confirmed by the fact that spin current generated by Pt in NiFe/FeMn/Pt trilayers can only travel through the FeMn layer with a thickness of 1-4 nm. By quantifying the fieldlike effective field induced in NiFe, a spin diffusion length of 2 nm is estimated in FeMn, consistent with values reported in the literature by ferromagnetic resonance and spin-pumping experiments.

  13. Electrical switching of antiferromagnets via strongly spin-orbit coupled materials

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    Li, Xi-Lai; Duan, Xiaopeng; Semenov, Yuriy G.; Kim, Ki Wook

    2017-01-01

    Electrically controlled ultra-fast switching of an antiferromagnet (AFM) is shown to be realizable by interfacing it with a material of strong spin-orbit coupling. The proximity interaction between the sublattice magnetic moments of a layered AFM and the spin-polarized free electrons at the interface offers an efficient way to manipulate antiferromagnetic states. A quantitative analysis, using the combination with a topological insulator as an example, demonstrates highly reliable 90° and 180° rotations of AFM magnetic states under two different mechanisms of effective torque generation at the interface. The estimated switching speed and energy requirement are in the ps and aJ ranges, respectively, which are about two-three orders of magnitude better than the ferromagnetic counterparts. The observed differences in the magnetization dynamics may explain the disparate characteristic responses. Unlike the usual precessional/chiral motions in the ferromagnets, those of the AFMs can essentially be described as a damped oscillator with a more direct path. The impact of random thermal fluctuations is also examined.

  14. A generalized spin diffusion equation with four electrochemical potentials for channels with spin-orbit coupling

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    Sayed, Shehrin; Hong, Seokmin; Datta, Supriyo

    We will present a general semiclassical theory for an arbitrary channel with spin-orbit coupling (SOC), that uses four electrochemical potential (U + , D + , U - , and D -) depending on the sign of z-component of the spin (up (U) , down (D)) and the sign of the x-component of the group velocity (+ , -) . This can be considered as an extension of the standard spin diffusion equation that uses two electrochemical potentials for up and down spin states, allowing us to take into account the unique coupling between charge and spin degrees of freedom in channels with SOC. We will describe applications of this model to answer a number of interesting questions in this field such as: (1) whether topological insulators can switch magnets, (2) how the charge to spin conversion is influenced by the channel resistivity, and (3) how device structures can be designed to enhance spin injection. This work was supported by FAME, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  15. Electric-field control of spin-orbit torque in magnetically doped topological insulators

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    Fan, Yabin; Shao, Qiming; Kou, Xufeng; Upadhyaya, Pramey; Wang, Kang

    Recent advances of spin-orbit torques (SOTs) generated by topological insulators (TIs) have drawn increasing interest to the spin-momentum locking feature of TIs' surface states, which can potentially provide a very efficient means to generate SOTs for spintronic applications. In this presentation, we will show the magnetization switching through current-induced giant SOT in both TI/Cr-doped TI bilayer and uniformly Cr-doped TI films In particular, we show that the current-induced SOT has significant contribution from the spin-momentum locked surface states of TIs. We find that the spin torque efficiency is in general three orders of magnitude larger than those reported in heavy metal/ferromagnetic heterostructures. In the second part, we will present the electric-field control of the giant SOT in magnetically doped TIs, which suggests promising gate-controlled spin-torque device applications. The giant SOT and efficient current-induced magnetization switching exhibited by the magnetic TIs may lead to innovative spintronic applications such as ultralow power dissipation memory and logic devices. We acknowledge the supports from DARPA, FAME, SHINES and ARO programs.

  16. Electric-field control of spin-orbit torque in a magnetically doped topological insulator

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    Fan, Yabin; Kou, Xufeng; Upadhyaya, Pramey; Shao, Qiming; Pan, Lei; Lang, Murong; Che, Xiaoyu; Tang, Jianshi; Montazeri, Mohammad; Murata, Koichi; Chang, Li-Te; Akyol, Mustafa; Yu, Guoqiang; Nie, Tianxiao; Wong, Kin L.; Liu, Jun; Wang, Yong; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Wang, Kang L.

    2016-04-01

    Electric-field manipulation of magnetic order has proved of both fundamental and technological importance in spintronic devices. So far, electric-field control of ferromagnetism, magnetization and magnetic anisotropy has been explored in various magnetic materials, but the efficient electric-field control of spin-orbit torque (SOT) still remains elusive. Here, we report the effective electric-field control of a giant SOT in a Cr-doped topological insulator (TI) thin film using a top-gate field-effect transistor structure. The SOT strength can be modulated by a factor of four within the accessible gate voltage range, and it shows strong correlation with the spin-polarized surface current in the film. Furthermore, we demonstrate the magnetization switching by scanning gate voltage with constant current and in-plane magnetic field applied in the film. The effective electric-field control of SOT and the giant spin-torque efficiency in Cr-doped TI may lead to the development of energy-efficient gate-controlled spin-torque devices compatible with modern field-effect semiconductor technologies.

  17. Multi-reference approach to the calculation of photoelectron spectra including spin-orbit coupling

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    Grell, Gilbert; Winter, Bernd; Seidel, Robert; Aziz, Emad F; Aziz, Saadullah G; Kühn, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectra provide a wealth of information on the electronic structure. The extraction of molecular details requires adequate theoretical methods, which in case of transition metal complexes has to account for effects due to the multi-configurational and spin-mixed nature of the many-electron wave function. Here, the Restricted Active Space Self-Consistent Field method including spin-orbit coupling is used to cope with this challenge and to calculate valence and core photoelectron spectra. The intensities are estimated within the frameworks of the Dyson orbital formalism and the sudden approximation. Thereby, we utilize an efficient computational algorithm that is based on a biorthonormal basis transformation. The approach is applied to the valence photoionization of the gas phase water molecule and to the core ionization spectrum of the $\\text{[Fe(H}_2\\text{O)}_6\\text{]}^{2+}$ complex. The results show good agreement with the experimental data obtained in this work, whereas the sudden approx...

  18. Gate tunable spin transport in graphene with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Tan, Xiao-Dong; Liao, Xiao-Ping; Sun, Litao

    2016-10-01

    Recently, it attracts much attention to study spin-resolved transport properties in graphene with Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC). One remarkable finding is that Klein tunneling in single layer graphene (SLG) with RSOC (SLG + R for short below) behaves as in bi-layer graphene (BLG). Based on the effective Dirac theory, we reconsider this tunneling problem and derive the analytical solution for the transmission coefficients. Our result shows that Klein tunneling in SLG + R and BLG exhibits completely different behaviors. More importantly, we find two new transmission selection rules in SLG + R, i.e., the single band to single band (S → S) and the single band to multiple bands (S → M) transmission regimes, which strongly depend on the relative height among Fermi level, RSOC, and potential barrier. Interestingly, in the S → S transmission regime, only normally incident electrons have capacity to pass through the barrier, while in the S → M transmission regime the angle-dependent tunneling becomes very prominent. Using the transmission coefficients, we also derive spin-resolved conductance analytically, and conductance oscillation with the increasing barrier height and zero conductance gap are found in SLG + R. The present study offers new insights and opportunities for developing graphene-based spin devices.

  19. Slater Insulator in Iridate Perovskites with Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Cui, Q.; Cheng, J.-G.; Fan, W.; Taylor, A. E.; Calder, S.; McGuire, M. A.; Yan, J.-Q.; Meyers, D.; Li, X.; Cai, Y. Q.; Jiao, Y. Y.; Choi, Y.; Haskel, D.; Gotou, H.; Uwatoko, Y.; Chakhalian, J.; Christianson, A. D.; Yunoki, S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Zhou, J.-S.

    2016-10-01

    The perovskite SrIrO3 is an exotic narrow-band metal owing to a confluence of the strengths of the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and the electron-electron correlations. It has been proposed that topological and magnetic insulating phases can be achieved by tuning the SOC, Hubbard interactions, and/or lattice symmetry. Here, we report that the substitution of nonmagnetic, isovalent Sn4 + for Ir4 + in the SrIr1 -xSnxO3 perovskites synthesized under high pressure leads to a metal-insulator transition to an antiferromagnetic (AF) phase at TN≥225 K . The continuous change of the cell volume as detected by x-ray diffraction and the λ -shape transition of the specific heat on cooling through TN demonstrate that the metal-insulator transition is of second order. Neutron powder diffraction results indicate that the Sn substitution enlarges an octahedral-site distortion that reduces the SOC relative to the spin-spin exchange interaction and results in the type-G AF spin ordering below TN . Measurement of high-temperature magnetic susceptibility shows the evolution of magnetic coupling in the paramagnetic phase typical of weak itinerant-electron magnetism in the Sn-substituted samples. A reduced structural symmetry in the magnetically ordered phase leads to an electron gap opening at the Brillouin zone boundary below TN in the same way as proposed by Slater.

  20. Spontaneous magnetic order in complex materials: Role of longitudinal spin-orbit interactions

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    Chakraborty, Subrata; Vijay, Amrendra

    2017-06-01

    We show that the longitudinal spin-orbit interactions (SOI) critically determine the fate of spontaneous magnetic order (SMO) in complex materials. To study the magnetic response of interacting electrons constituting the material, we implement an extension of the Hubbard model that faithfully accounts for the SOI. Next, we use the double-time Green functions of quantum statistical mechanics to obtain the spontaneous magnetization, Msp , and thence ascertain the possibility of SMO. For materials with quenched SOI, in an arbitrary dimension, Msp vanishes at finite temperatures, implying the presence of the disordered (paramagnetic) phase. This is consistent with and goes beyond the Bogolyubov's inequality based analysis in one and two dimensions. In the presence of longitudinal SOI, Msp , for materials in an arbitrary dimension, remains non-zero at finite temperatures, which indicates the existence of the ordered (ferromagnetic) phase. As a plausible experimental evidence of the present SOI-based phenomenology, we discuss, inter alia, a recent experimental study on Y4Mn1-xGa12-yGey, an intermetallic compound, which exhibits a magnetic phase transition (paramagnetic to ferromagnetic) upon tuning the fraction of Ge atoms and thence the vacancies of the magnetic centers in this system. The availability of Ge atoms to form a direct chemical bond with octahedral Mn in this material appears to quench the SOI and, as a consequence, favours the formation of the disordered (paramagnetic) phase.

  1. Multi-reference approach to the calculation of photoelectron spectra including spin-orbit coupling

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    Grell, Gilbert; Bokarev, Sergey I., E-mail: sergey.bokarev@uni-rostock.de; Kühn, Oliver [Institut für Physik, Universität Rostock, D-18051 Rostock (Germany); Winter, Bernd; Seidel, Robert [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Methods for Material Development, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany); Aziz, Emad F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Methods for Material Development, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany); Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimalle 14, D-14159 Berlin (Germany); Aziz, Saadullah G. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-08-21

    X-ray photoelectron spectra provide a wealth of information on the electronic structure. The extraction of molecular details requires adequate theoretical methods, which in case of transition metal complexes has to account for effects due to the multi-configurational and spin-mixed nature of the many-electron wave function. Here, the restricted active space self-consistent field method including spin-orbit coupling is used to cope with this challenge and to calculate valence- and core-level photoelectron spectra. The intensities are estimated within the frameworks of the Dyson orbital formalism and the sudden approximation. Thereby, we utilize an efficient computational algorithm that is based on a biorthonormal basis transformation. The approach is applied to the valence photoionization of the gas phase water molecule and to the core ionization spectrum of the [Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} complex. The results show good agreement with the experimental data obtained in this work, whereas the sudden approximation demonstrates distinct deviations from experiments.

  2. Spin Filter Based on an Aharonov-Bohm Interferometer with Rashba Spin-Orbit Effect

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    FANG Ming; SUN Lian-Liang

    2008-01-01

    We propose a spin filter based on both the quantum interference and the Rashba spin-orbit (RSO) effects. This spin filter consists of a Aharonov-Bohm (AB) interferometer with two quantum dots (QDs) inserted in its arms.The influences of a magnetic flux ψ threading through the AB ring and the RSO interaction inside the two QDs are taken into account by using the nonequilibrium Green's function technique. Due to the existence of the RSO interaction, the electrons flowing through different arms of the ring will acquire a spin-dependent phase factor in the linewidth matrix elements. This phase factor, combined with the influence of the magnetic flux, will induce a spin-dependent electron transport through the device. Moreover, we show that by tuning the magnetic flux,the RSO strength and the inter-dot tunnelling coupling strength, a pure spin-up or spin-down conductance can be obtained when a spin-unpolarized current is injected from the external leads, which can be used to filter the electron spin.

  3. Tunneling conductance through normal metal - superconductor junctions: effects of Rashba spin orbit coupling and magnetic field

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    Kapri, Priyadarshini; Ganguly, Sudin; Basu, Saurabh

    2016-10-01

    In a system consisting of a metal-(s-wave) superconductor junction, we study the conductance characteristics in presence of Rashba spin orbit coupling (RSOC) and an external magnetic field applied along the plane of the sample. With a selective inclusion of the Rashba coupling either in the metallic or in both we note that there is a distinct effect with regard to the magnitude of the Andreev peak that occurs at a biasing voltage lower than the superconducting gap energy. The height of the peak is sensitive to the RSOC (increases with increase in RSOC) for RSOC to be present only in the metallic region, (same is true when RSOC is present throughout the junction), while the peak height is fairly independent when RSOC is solely present in the superconducting region. The in-plane magnetic field has very interesting effects which show up in the form of having a conductance peak at zero bias, thereby making it possible to realize a Majorana bound state.

  4. Controlling Rashba spin orbit coupling in polar two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide

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    Yao, Qun-Fang; Tong, Wen-Yi; Gong, Shi-Jing; Wang, Ji-Qing; Wan, Xian-gang; Duan, Chun-Gang; Chu, J H

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) group of materials MXY (M=Mo, W, X(not equal to)Y=S, Se, Te) are two-dimensional polar semiconductors with Rashba spin orbit coupling (SOC). Setting WSeTe as an example and using density functional theory calculations, we investigate the influence of biaxial strain and electric field on Rashba SOC in MXY monolayer. The orbital analysis reveals that Rashba spin splitting around Gamma point occurs mainly through the SOC matrix elements between the W-dz2 and -dxz/yz orbitals, and those between the Se-pz and -px/y orbitals. We find the change of local electric field between Se and W atoms arising from the mirror symmetry breaking plays the critical role in forming the large Rashba SOC, and through a relatively small compressive/tensile strain (from -2% to 2%), a large tunability of Rashba SOC can be obtained due to the modified W-Se bonding interaction. In addition, we also explore the influence of electric field on Rashba SOC in WSeTe, which can impact the charge d...

  5. Complex band structures of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers with spin-orbit coupling effects

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    Szczęśniak, Dominik; Ennaoui, Ahmed; Ahzi, Saïd

    2016-09-01

    Recently, the transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted renewed attention due to the potential use of their low-dimensional forms in both nano- and opto-electronics. In such applications, the electronic and transport properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides play a pivotal role. The present paper provides a new insight into these essential properties by studying the complex band structures of popular transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers (MX 2, where M  =  Mo, W; X  =  S, Se, Te) while including spin-orbit coupling effects. The conducted symmetry-based tight-binding calculations show that the analytical continuation from the real band structures to the complex momentum space leads to nonlinear generalized eigenvalue problems. Herein an efficient method for solving such a class of nonlinear problems is presented and yields a complete set of physically relevant eigenvalues. Solutions obtained by this method are characterized and classified into propagating and evanescent states, where the latter states manifest not only monotonic but also oscillatory decay character. It is observed that some of the oscillatory evanescent states create characteristic complex loops at the direct band gap of MX 2 monolayers, where electrons can directly tunnel between the band gap edges. To describe these tunneling currents, decay behavior of electronic states in the forbidden energy region is elucidated and their importance within the ballistic transport regime is briefly discussed.

  6. A stripe phase with supersolid properties in spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates.

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    Li, Jun-Ru; Lee, Jeongwon; Huang, Wujie; Burchesky, Sean; Shteynas, Boris; Top, Furkan Çağrı; Jamison, Alan O; Ketterle, Wolfgang

    2017-03-01

    Supersolidity combines superfluid flow with long-range spatial periodicity of solids, two properties that are often mutually exclusive. The original discussion of quantum crystals and supersolidity focused on solid (4)He and triggered extensive experimental efforts that, instead of supersolidity, revealed exotic phenomena including quantum plasticity and mass supertransport. The concept of supersolidity was then generalized from quantum crystals to other superfluid systems that break continuous translational symmetry. Bose-Einstein condensates with spin-orbit coupling are predicted to possess a stripe phase with supersolid properties. Despite several recent studies of the miscibility of the spin components of such a condensate, the presence of stripes has not been detected. Here we observe the predicted density modulation of this stripe phase using Bragg reflection (which provides evidence for spontaneous long-range order in one direction) while maintaining a sharp momentum distribution (the hallmark of superfluid Bose-Einstein condensates). Our work thus establishes a system with continuous symmetry-breaking properties, associated collective excitations and superfluid behaviour.

  7. The Elliott-Yafet theory of spin relaxation generalized for large spin-orbit coupling

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    Kiss, Annamária; Szolnoki, Lénard; Simon, Ferenc

    2016-03-01

    We generalize the Elliott-Yafet (EY) theory of spin relaxation in metals with inversion symmetry for the case of large spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The EY theory treats the SOC to the lowest order but this approach breaks down for metals of heavy elements (such as e.g. caesium or gold), where the SOC energy is comparable to the relevant band-band separation energies. The generalized theory is presented for a four-band model system without band dispersion, where analytic formulae are attainable for arbitrary SOC for the relation between the momentum- and spin-relaxation rates. As an extended description, we also consider an empirical pseudopotential approximation where SOC is deduced from the band potential (apart from an empirical scaling constant) and the spin-relaxation rate can be obtained numerically. Both approaches recover the usual EY theory for weak SOC and give that the spin-relaxation rate approaches the momentum-relaxation rate in the limit of strong SOC. We argue that this limit is realized in gold by analyzing spin relaxation data. A calculation of the g-factor shows that the empirical Elliott-relation, which links the g-factor and spin-relaxation rate, is retained even for strong SOC.

  8. The Spin-Orbit Misalignment of the XO-3 Exoplanetary System

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    Winn, Joshua N; Fabrycky, Daniel; Howard, Andrew W; Marcy, Geoffrey W; Narita, Norio; Crossfield, Ian J; Suto, Yasushi; Turner, Edwin L; Esquerdo, Gil; Holman, Matthew J

    2009-01-01

    We present photometric and spectroscopic observations of the 2009 Feb. 2 transit of the exoplanet XO-3b. The new data show conclusively that the planetary orbital axis and stellar rotation axis are misaligned. We thereby confirm the previous finding by Hebrard and coworkers, although we find a significantly smaller angle (37.3 +/- 3.7 deg) between the sky projections of the two axes. XO-3b is the first exoplanet known to have a highly inclined orbit relative to the equatorial plane of its parent star, and as such it may fulfill the predictions of some scenarios for the migration of massive planets into close-in orbits. We revisit the statistical analysis of spin-orbit alignment in hot-Jupiter systems. Assuming the stellar obliquities to be drawn from a Rayleigh distribution, we find the mode of the distribution to be 13^{+5}_{-2} deg. It remains the case that a model representing two different migration channels--in which some planets are drawn from a perfectly-aligned distribution and the rest are drawn from...

  9. Spin-orbit coupling in quasi-one-dimensional Wigner crystals

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    Kornich, Viktoriia; Pedder, Christopher J.; Schmidt, Thomas L.

    2017-01-01

    We study the effect of Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on the charge and spin degrees of freedom of a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) Wigner crystal. As electrons in a quasi-1D Wigner crystal can move in the transverse direction, SOC cannot be gauged away in contrast to the pure 1D case. We show that for weak SOC, a partial gap in the spectrum opens at certain ratios between the density of electrons and the inverse Rashba length. We present how the low-energy branch of charge degrees of freedom deviates due to SOC from its usual linear dependence at small wave vectors. In the case of strong SOC, we show that the spin sector of a Wigner crystal cannot be described by an isotropic antiferromagnetic Heisenberg Hamiltonian anymore and that instead the ground state of neighboring electrons is mostly a triplet state. We present a new spin sector Hamiltonian and discuss the spectrum of a Wigner crystal in this limit.

  10. Interaction effects in a microscopic quantum wire model with strong spin-orbit interaction

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    Winkler, G. W.; Ganahl, M.; Schuricht, D.; Evertz, H. G.; Andergassen, S.

    2017-06-01

    We investigate the effect of strong interactions on the spectral properties of quantum wires with strong Rashba spin-orbit (SO) interaction in a magnetic field, using a combination of matrix product state and bosonization techniques. Quantum wires with strong Rashba SO interaction and magnetic field exhibit a partial gap in one-half of the conducting modes. Such systems have attracted wide-spread experimental and theoretical attention due to their unusual physical properties, among which are spin-dependent transport, or a topological superconducting phase when under the proximity effect of an s-wave superconductor. As a microscopic model for the quantum wire we study an extended Hubbard model with SO interaction and Zeeman field. We obtain spin resolved spectral densities from the real-time evolution of excitations, and calculate the phase diagram. We find that interactions increase the pseudo gap at k = 0 and thus also enhance the Majorana-supporting phase and stabilize the helical spin order. Furthermore, we calculate the optical conductivity and compare it with the low energy spiral Luttinger liquid result, obtained from field theoretical calculations. With interactions, the optical conductivity is dominated by an excotic excitation of a bound soliton-antisoliton pair known as a breather state. We visualize the oscillating motion of the breather state, which could provide the route to their experimental detection in e.g. cold atom experiments.

  11. Spin-orbit coupling and magnetic interactions in Si(111):{C,Si,Sn,Pb}

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    Badrtdinov, D. I.; Nikolaev, S. A.; Katsnelson, M. I.; Mazurenko, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    We study the magnetic properties of the adatom systems on a semiconductor surface Si(111):{C,Si,Sn,Pb}-(√{3 }×√{3 }) . On the basis of all-electron density functional theory calculations we construct effective low-energy models taking into account spin-orbit coupling and electronic correlations. The Hartree-Fock simulations for the unit cell with nine correlated orbitals put forward insulating ground states with the noncollinear 120∘-Néel (for C, Si, Sn monolayer coverages) and 120∘-row-wise (for Pb adatom) antiferromagnetic orderings. The corresponding spin Hamiltonians with anisotropic exchange interactions are derived by means of the superexchange theory and the calculated Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions in the systems with Sn and Pb adatoms are revealed to be very strong and compatible with the isotropic exchange couplings. To simulate the excited magnetic states we solve the constructed spin models by means of the Monte Carlo method, where at low temperatures and zero magnetic field we observe complex spin spiral patterns in Sn/Si(111) and Pb/Si(111). On this basis the formation of antiferromagnetic skyrmion lattice states at high magnetic fields in the adatom s p electron systems is discussed.

  12. Spin-orbit precession for eccentric black hole binaries at first order in the mass ratio

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    Akcay, Sarp; Dolan, Sam

    2016-01-01

    We consider spin-orbit ("geodetic") precession for a compact binary in strong-field gravity. Specifically, we compute $\\psi$, the ratio of the accumulated spin-precession and orbital angles over one radial period, for a spinning compact body orbiting a non-rotating black hole. We show that $\\psi$ can be computed for eccentric orbits in both the gravitational self-force and post-Newtonian frameworks, and that the results appear to be consistent. We present a post-Newtonian expansion for $\\psi$ at next-to-next-to-leading order, and a Lorenz-gauge gravitational self-force calculation for $\\psi$ at first order in the mass ratio. The latter provides new numerical data in the strong-field regime to inform the Effective One-Body model of the gravitational two-body problem. We conclude that $\\psi$ complements the Detweiler redshift $z$ as a key invariant quantity characterizing eccentric orbits in the gravitational two-body problem.

  13. Spin inverter and polarizer curved nanowire driven by Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    Baldo, C.; Villagonzalo, C.

    2016-09-01

    We propose in theory a curved nanowire structure that can both serve as a spin inverter and a spin polarizer driven by a periodic Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and a uniform Dresselhaus SOC. The curved section of the U-shaped quasi-one dimensional nanowire with an arc of radius R and circumferential length πR is divided into segments of equal length initially having only its inherent homogeneous Dresselhaus SOC. Then a Rashba-type SOC is applied at every alternating segment. By tuning the Rashba SOC strength and the incident electron energy, this device can flip the spin at the output of an incoming spin-polarized electron. On the other hand, this same device acts as a spin filter for an unpolarized input for which an outgoing electron with a non-zero polarization can be achieved without the application of an external magnetic field. Moreover, the potential modulation caused by the periodic Rashba SOC enables this device to function as an attenuator for a certain range of incident electron energies that can make the probability current density drop to 10-4 of its otherwise magnitude in other regimes.

  14. Effect of Spin-Orbit Coupling on Kondo Phenomena in f7-Electron Systems

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    Hotta, Takashi

    2015-11-01

    In order to promote our basic understanding of the Kondo behavior recently observed in europium compounds, we analyze an impurity Anderson model with seven f electrons at an impurity site by employing a numerical renormalization group method. The local part of the model consists of Coulomb interactions among f electrons, spin-orbit coupling λ, and crystalline electric field (CEF) potentials, while we consider the hybridization V between local f electrons and single-band conduction electrons with au symmetry. For λ = 0, we observe underscreening Kondo behavior for appropriate values of V, characterized by an entropy change from ln 8 to ln 7, in which one of the seven f electrons is screened by conduction electrons. When λ is increased, we obtain two types of behavior depending on the value of V. For large V, we find an entropy release of ln 7 at low temperatures, determined by the level splitting energy due to the hybridization. For small V, we also observe an entropy change from ln 8 to ln 2 by the level splitting due to the hybridization, but at low temperatures, ln 2 entropy is found to be released, leading to the Kondo effect. We emphasize that the Kondo behavior for small V is observed for realistic values of λ on the order of 0.1 eV. We also discuss the effect of CEF potentials and the multipole properties in the Kondo behavior reported in this paper.

  15. Spin-orbit edge states in semiconductor two-dimensional systems

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    Xu, L. L.; Ren, Shaola; Heremans, J. J.; Minic, Djordje; Gaspe, C. K.; Vijeyaragunathan, S.; Mishima, T. D.; Santos, M. B.

    2013-03-01

    The electromagnetic duality between the Aharonov-Casher and the Aharonov-Bohm topological phases can lead to magnetoelectronic edge effects in two-dimensional systems. Based on this duality, we propose and experimentally explore a quantized Hall effect in which magnetization transport may be quantized analogously to charge transport. When the magnetic moment is fully projected, the edge effect is a magnetization dual to the integer quantum Hall effect. An analogy also exists between this dual and the bosonic quantum Hall effect currently under investigation. In experiments we search for edge states induced by the equivalent vector potential from Rashba-type spin-orbit interaction. We use mesoscopic side-gated channel structures on InGaAs/InAlAs heterostructures where backscattering between edge states can experimentally form evidence for edge states. The side-gate voltage varies the effective gauge field and resistance as function of side-gate voltage is measured across the mesoscopic structures at either low applied magnetic field or at fixed magnetic filling factors to obtain states of defined spin (DOE DE-FG02-08ER46532, NSF DMR-0520550).

  16. Bound state, phase separation and superconductivity in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Kapri, Priyadarshini; Basu, Saurabh

    2017-06-01

    We have investigated the phase diagram for the t - J model at low electronic densities in presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC). We have rigorously derived a bound state criterion which arises out of a competition between the kinetic energy of the electrons and the exchange coupling between them. Further, we have obtained that the phase diagram consists of three phases, namely, a gas of electrons, a gas of bound pairs, and a fully phase separated state. Subsequently an extension of the pairing scenario is done at finite densities by solving a BCS gap equation. Finite superconducting correlations are observed for J values much lower than that required for the formation of a single bound pair, thereby indicating that pairing in a many particle environment requires weaker interaction strengths than that in the dilute case. We have further obtained that the RSOC increases the transition temperature for a p-wave pairing state, while it diminishes the same for an s-wave pairing correlations.

  17. Infrared Spectroscopy of Ions in Selected Rotational and Spin-Orbit States

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    Jacovella, Ugo; Agner, Josef A.; Schmutz, Hansjürg; Merkt, Frederic

    2016-06-01

    First results are presented obtained using an experimental setup developed to record IR spectra of rotationally state-selected ions. The method we use is a state-selective version of a method developed by Schlemmer et al. to record IR spectra of ions. Ions are produced in specific rotational levels using mass-analysed threshold ionisation (MATI) spectroscopy combined with single-photon excitation of neutral molecules in supersonic expansions with a vacuum-ultraviolet laser. The ions generated by pulsed-field ionisation of Rydberg states of high principal quantum number (n ≈ 200) are extracted toward an octupole ion guide containing a neutral target gas. Prior to entering the octupole the ions are excited by an IR laser. The target gas is chosen so that only excited ions react to form product ions. These product ions are detected mass selectively as function of the IR laser wavenumber. To illustrate this method, we present IR spectra of C_2H_2^+ in selected rotational levels of the ^2Π3/2 and ^2Π1/2 spin-orbit components of the electronic ground state. Schlemmer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 117, 2068 (2002)

  18. Infrared spectroscopy of molecular ions in selected rotational and spin-orbit states

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    Jacovella, U.; Agner, J. A.; Schmutz, H.; Deiglmayr, J.; Merkt, F.

    2016-07-01

    First results are presented obtained with an experimental setup developed to record IR spectra of rotationally state-selected ions. The method we use is a state-selective version of a method developed by Schlemmer et al. [Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 185, 589 (1999); J. Chem. Phys. 117, 2068 (2002)] to record IR spectra of ions. Ions are produced in specific rotational levels using mass-analyzed-threshold-ionization spectroscopy. The state-selected ions generated by pulsed-field ionization of Rydberg states of high principal quantum number (n ≈ 200) are extracted toward an octupole ion guide containing a neutral target gas. Prior to entering the octupole, the ions are excited by an IR laser. The target gas is chosen so that only excited ions react to form product ions. These product ions are detected mass selectively as a function of the IR laser wavenumber. To illustrate this method, we present IR spectra of C 2 H2 + in selected rotational levels of the 2Πu,3/2 and 2Πu,1/2 spin-orbit components of the vibronic ground state.

  19. Fast numerics for the spin orbit equation with realistic tidal dissipation and constant eccentricity

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    Bartuccelli, Michele; Deane, Jonathan; Gentile, Guido

    2017-03-01

    We present an algorithm for the rapid numerical integration of a time-periodic ODE with a small dissipation term that is C^1 in the velocity. Such an ODE arises as a model of spin-orbit coupling in a star/planet system, and the motivation for devising a fast algorithm for its solution comes from the desire to estimate probability of capture in various solutions, via Monte Carlo simulation: the integration times are very long, since we are interested in phenomena occurring on timescales of the order of 10^6 -10^7 years. The proposed algorithm is based on the high-order Euler method which was described in Bartuccelli et al. (Celest Mech Dyn Astron 121(3):233-260, 2015), and it requires computer algebra to set up the code for its implementation. The payoff is an overall increase in speed by a factor of about 7.5 compared to standard numerical methods. Means for accelerating the purely numerical computation are also discussed.

  20. Photon assisted tunneling through three quantum dots with spin-orbit-coupling

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    Tang, Han-Zhao [College of Physical Science and Information Engineering and Hebei Advanced Thin Film Laboratory, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); An, Xing-Tao, E-mail: anxt@hku.hk [School of Sciences, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050018 (China); Department of Physics and Center of Theoretical and Computational Physics, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Wang, Ai-Kun [School of Sciences, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050018 (China); Liu, Jian-Jun, E-mail: liujj@mail.hebtu.edu.cn [College of Physical Science and Information Engineering and Hebei Advanced Thin Film Laboratory, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Physics Department, Shijiazhuang University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050035 (China)

    2014-08-14

    The effect of an ac electric field on quantum transport properties in a system of three quantum dots, two of which are connected in parallel, while the third is coupled to one of the other two, is investigated theoretically. Based on the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's function method, the spin-dependent current, occupation number, and spin accumulation can be obtained in our model. An external magnetic flux, Rashba spin-orbit-coupling (SOC), and intradot Coulomb interactions are considered. The magnitude of the spin-dependent average current and the positions of the photon assisted tunneling (PAT) peaks can be accurately controlled and manipulated by simply varying the strength of the coupling and the frequency of the ac field. A particularly interesting result is the observation of a new kind of PAT peak and a multiple-PAT effect that can be generated and controlled by the coupling between the quantum dots. In addition, the spin occupation number and spin accumulation can be well controlled by the Rashba SOC and the magnetic flux.

  1. Multiple Majorana zero modes in atomic Fermi double wires with spin-orbit coupling

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    Wang, Liang-Liang; Gong, Ming; Liu, W.-M.

    2017-08-01

    Majorana zero modes, quasiparticles with non-Abelian statistics, have gained increasing interest for their fundamental role as building blocks in topological quantum computation. Previous studies have mainly focused on two well-separated Majorana zero modes, which could form two degenerate states serving as one nonlocal qubit for fault-tolerant quantum memory. However, creating and manipulating multiple Majorana zero modes, which could encode more qubits, remain an ongoing research topic. Here we report that multiple Majorana zero modes can exist in atomic Fermi double wires with spin-orbit coupling and perpendicular Zeeman field. This system belongs to the topological BDI class, thus all the topological superfluids are classified by integer numbers. Especially, diverse topological superfluids can be formed in a trap, where the zero energy modes can be found at the interfaces between different topological superfluids. The structure of these zero energy modes in the trap can be engineered by the trapping potential as well as other system parameters. This system would be a significant step towards utilization of Majorana zero modes in quantum computation.

  2. Fingerprint of different spin-orbit terms for spin transport in HgTe quantum wells

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    Rothe, D G; Reinthaler, R W; Liu, C-X; Hankiewicz, E M [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universitaet Wuerzburg, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Molenkamp, L W [Physikalisches Institut (EP3), Universitaet Wuerzburg, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Zhang, S-C, E-mail: hankiewicz@physik.uni-wuerzburg.d [Department of Physics, McCullough Building, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4045 (United States)

    2010-06-15

    Using k{center_dot}p theory, we derive an effective four-band model describing the physics of the typical two-dimensional topological insulator (HgTe/CdTe quantum well (QW)) in the presence of an out-of-plane (in the z-direction) inversion breaking potential and an in-plane potential. We find that up to third order in perturbation theory, only the inversion breaking potential generates new elements to the four-band Hamiltonian that are off-diagonal in spin space. When this new effective Hamiltonian is folded into an effective two-band model for the conduction (electron) or valence (heavy hole) bands, two competing terms appear: (i) a Rashba spin-orbit interaction originating from inversion breaking potential in the z-direction and (ii) an in-plane Pauli term as a consequence of the in-plane potential. Spin transport in the conduction band is further analysed within the Landauer-Buettiker formalism. We find that for asymmetrically doped HgTe QWs, the behaviour of the spin-Hall conductance is dominated by the Rashba term.

  3. Cavity-Optomechanics with Spin-Orbit Coupled Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Yasir, Kashif Ammar

    2015-01-01

    Cavity-optomechanics, an exploitation of mechanical-effects of light to couple optical-field with mechanical-objects, has made remarkable progress. Besides, spin-orbit (SO)-coupling, interaction between spin of a quantum-particle and its momentum, has provided foundation to analyze various phenomena like spin-Hall effect and topological-insulators. However, SO-coupling and corresponding topological-features have not been examined in optical-cavity with one vibrational-mirror. Here we report cavity-optomechanics with SO-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate, inducing non-Abelian gauge-field in cavity. We ascertain the influences of SO-coupling and long-range atomic-interactions on low-temperature dynamics which can be experimentally measured by maneuvering area underneath density-noise spectrum. It is detected that not only optomechanical-coupling is modifying topological properties of atomic dressed-states but SO-coupling induced topological-effects are also enabling us to control effective-temperature of mechanic...

  4. Hybrid magnetoresistance in Pt-based multilayers: Effect originated from strong interfacial spin-orbit coupling.

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    Meng, Kangkang; Xiao, Jiaxing; Wu, Yong; Miao, Jun; Xu, Xiaoguang; Zhao, Jianhua; Jiang, Yong

    2016-02-04

    The hybrid magnetoresistance (MR) behaviors in Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt, Mn1.5Ga/Pt and Mn1.5Ga/Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt multilayers have been investigated. Both planer Hall effect (PHE) and angle-dependent MR in Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt revealed the combination of spin Hall MR (SMR) and normal anisotropic MR (AMR), indicating the large contribution of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) at the interfaces. When Pt contacted with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) metal Mn1.5Ga, the strong interfacial SOC modified the effective anomalous Hall effect. The MR in Mn1.5Ga/Pt/Co90Fe10/Pt is not a simple combination of SMR and AMR, but ascribed to the complicated domain wall scattering and strong interfacial SOC when Pt is sandwiched by the in-plane magnetized Co90Fe10 and the PMA Mn1.5Ga.

  5. Fully relativistic description of spin-orbit torques by means of linear response theory

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    Wimmer, S.; Chadova, K.; Seemann, M.; Ködderitzsch, D.; Ebert, H.

    2016-08-01

    Symmetry and magnitude of spin-orbit torques (SOT), i.e., current-induced torques on the magnetization of systems lacking inversion symmetry, are investigated in a fully relativistic linear response framework based on the Kubo formalism. By applying all space-time symmetry operations contained in the magnetic point group of a solid to the relevant response coefficient, the torkance expressed as torque-current correlation function, restrictions to the shape of the direct and inverse response tensors are obtained. These are shown to apply to the corresponding thermal analogs as well, namely the direct and inverse thermal SOT in response to a temperature gradient or heat current. Using an implementation of the Kubo-Bastin formula for the torkance into a first-principles multiple-scattering Green function framework and accounting for disorder effects via the so-called coherent potential approximation, all contributions to the SOT in pure systems, dilute as well as concentrated alloys can be treated on equal footing. This way, material specific values for all torkance tensor elements in the fcc (111) trilayer alloy system Pt| FexCo1 -x|Cu are obtained over a wide concentration range and discussed in comparison to results for electrical and spin conductivity, as well as to previous work—in particular concerning symmetry with respect to magnetization reversal and the nature of the various contributions.

  6. Spin dependent disorder in a junction device with spin orbit couplings

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    Ganguly, Sudin; Basu, Saurabh

    2016-10-01

    Using the multi-probe Landauer-BUttiker formula and Green's function approach, we calculate the longitudinal conductance (LC) and spin Hall conductance (SHC) numerically in a two-dimensional junction system with the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin orbit coupling (SOC) and spin dependent disorder (SDD) in presence of both random onsite and hopping disorder strengths. It has been found that when the strengths of the RSOC and DSOC are same, the SHC vanishes. Further in presence of random onsite or hopping disorder, the SHC is still zero when the strengths of the two types of SOC, that is Rashba and Dressselhaus are the same. This indicates that the cancellation of SHC is robust even in the presence of random disorder. Only with the inclusion of SDD (onsite or hopping), a non-zero SHC is found and it increases as the strength of SDD increases. The physical implication of the existence of a non-zero SHC has been explored in this work. Finally, we have compared the effect of onsite SDD and hopping SDD on both longitudinal and spin Hall conductances.

  7. Controlled transportation of mesoscopic particles by enhanced spin orbit interaction of light in an optical trap

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    Roy, Basudev; Panigrahi, Prasanta K; Roy, Soumyajit; Banerjee, Ayan

    2012-01-01

    Optical spin orbit interaction (SOI) causes an intrinsic coupling between the polarization and position of light and is manifested as a sub-wavelength effect in isotropic and inhomogeneous (stratified) media. We investigate the effects of SOI in an optical trap and demonstrate that the SOI for a tightly focused polarized laser beam in stratified media (as is found in an optical trap) depends on the thickness of the media, and can be magnified significantly by choosing slightly thicker cover slips than that used conventionally. A polarization analysis of the stratified media in the sample chamber shows the presence of spatially varying linear diattenuation terms in the Mueller matrix that result in a polarization dependent intensity profile. It is thus possible to controllably transport asymmetric particles having a well-defined optic axis by simply changing the polarization angle of a linearly polarized input beam. Pea-pod shaped single soft oxometalate (SOM) particles of dimension around 1 $\\mu$m have been m...

  8. Non-Fermi-liquid and topological states with strong spin-orbit coupling.

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    Moon, Eun-Gook; Xu, Cenke; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon

    2013-11-15

    We argue that a class of strongly spin-orbit-coupled materials, including some pyrochlore iridates and the inverted band gap semiconductor HgTe, may be described by a minimal model consisting of the Luttinger Hamiltonian supplemented by Coulomb interactions, a problem studied by Abrikosov and collaborators. It contains twofold degenerate conduction and valence bands touching quadratically at the zone center. Using modern renormalization group methods, we update and extend Abrikosov's classic work and show that interactions induce a quantum critical non-Fermi-liquid phase, stable provided time-reversal and cubic symmetries are maintained. We determine the universal power-law exponents describing various observables in this Luttinger-Abrikosov-Beneslavskii state, which include conductivity, specific heat, nonlinear susceptibility, and the magnetic Gruneisen number. Furthermore, we determine the phase diagram in the presence of cubic and/or time-reversal symmetry breaking perturbations, which includes a topological insulator and Weyl semimetal phases. Many of these phases possess an extraordinarily large anomalous Hall effect, with the Hall conductivity scaling sublinearly with magnetization σ(xy)∼M0.51.

  9. Spin-orbit alignment of exoplanet systems: ensemble analysis using asteroseismology

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    Campante, T L; Kuszlewicz, J S; Davies, G R; Chaplin, W J; Albrecht, S; Winn, J N; Bedding, T R; Benomar, O; Bossini, D; Handberg, R; Santos, A R G; Van Eylen, V; Basu, S; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J; Elsworth, Y P; Hekker, S; Hirano, T; Huber, D; Karoff, C; Kjeldsen, H; Lundkvist, M S; North, T S H; Aguirre, V Silva; Stello, D; White, T R

    2016-01-01

    The angle $\\psi$ between a planet's orbital axis and the spin axis of its parent star is an important diagnostic of planet formation, migration, and tidal evolution. We seek empirical constraints on $\\psi$ by measuring the stellar inclination $i_{\\rm s}$ via asteroseismology for an ensemble of 25 solar-type hosts observed with NASA's Kepler satellite. Our results for $i_{\\rm s}$ are consistent with alignment at the 2-$\\sigma$ level for all stars in the sample, meaning that the system surrounding the red-giant star Kepler-56 remains as the only unambiguous misaligned multiple-planet system detected to date. The availability of a measurement of the projected spin-orbit angle $\\lambda$ for two of the systems allows us to estimate $\\psi$. We find that the orbit of the hot-Jupiter HAT-P-7b is likely to be retrograde ($\\psi=116.4^{+30.2}_{-14.7}\\:{\\rm deg}$), whereas that of Kepler-25c seems to be well aligned with the stellar spin axis ($\\psi=12.6^{+6.7}_{-11.0}\\:{\\rm deg}$). While the latter result is in apparent...

  10. Tunable spin-orbit coupling and symmetry-protected edge states in graphene/WS2

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    Yang, Bowen; Tu, Min-Feng; Kim, Jeongwoo; Wu, Yong; Wang, Hui; Alicea, Jason; Wu, Ruqian; Bockrath, Marc; Shi, Jing

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate clear weak anti-localization (WAL) effect arising from induced Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in WS2-covered single-layer and bilayer graphene devices. Contrary to the uncovered region of a shared single-layer graphene flake, WAL in WS2-covered graphene occurs over a wide range of carrier densities on both electron and hole sides. At high carrier densities, we estimate the Rashba SOC relaxation rate to be ˜ 0.2 {{ps}}-1 and show that it can be tuned by transverse electric fields. In addition to the Rashba SOC, we also predict the existence of a‘valley-Zeeman’ SOC from first-principles calculations. The interplay between these two SOC’s can open a non-topological but interesting gap in graphene; in particular, zigzag boundaries host four sub-gap edge states protected by time-reversal and crystalline symmetries. The graphene/WS2 system provides a possible platform for these novel edge states.

  11. Split window resonances for the photoionization of spin-orbit coupled subshell states in alkali atoms

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    Koide, M. [Department of Science and Technology, Meisei University, Tokyo 191-8656 (Japan)]. E-mail: mkoide@galaxy.ocn.ne.jp; Koike, F. [School of Medicine, Kitasato University, Kanagawa 228-8555 (Japan); Azuma, Y. [PhotonFactory, IMSS, KEK, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Nagata, T. [Department of Science and Technology, Meisei University, Tokyo 191-8656 (Japan)

    2005-06-15

    We study the origin of dual window-type 3s->4p photoexcitation resonances of potassium atoms that have been observed previously [M. Koide et al., J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 71 (2002) 1676] by means of photoion spectroscopy. We also consider the sub-valence shell photoexcitations of other alkali metal atoms. In potassium 3p photoionizations, the photoion energy levels may be labeled by their total angular momenta, and they are well separated due to the spin-orbit couplings in 3p subshells. The system of a photoion and a photoelectron is therefore a superposition of different total spin states if expressed in terms of the LS-coupling scheme. The ionization continuum may couple with several intermediate discrete states with different total spin quantum numbers, giving a possibility to observe split resonance structures in the spectra of 3s->np photoexcitations and in other alkali-atom photoexcitations. We discuss the dual window-type resonances in potassium, rubidium, and cesium atoms.

  12. Spin-orbit torques for current parallel and perpendicular to a domain wall

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    Schulz, Tomek; Lee, Kyujoon; Karnad, Gurucharan V. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Alejos, Oscar [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen, 7, E-47011 Valladolid (Spain); Martinez, Eduardo; Moretti, Simone [Departamento Fisica Aplicada, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de los Caidos s/n, E-38008 Salamanca (Spain); Hals, Kjetil M. D. [Niels Bohr International Academy and the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, 2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Garcia, Karin; Ravelosona, Dafiné [Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale, UMR CNRS 8622, Université Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Vila, Laurent [Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie, Université Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie, CEA, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Lo Conte, Roberto; Kläui, Mathias [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Graduate School of Excellence “Materials Science in Mainz” (MAINZ), Staudinger Weg 9, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Ocker, Berthold [Singulus Technologies AG, 63796 Kahl am Main (Germany); Brataas, Arne [Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway)

    2015-09-21

    We report field- and current-induced domain wall (DW) depinning experiments in Ta\\Co{sub 20}Fe{sub 60}B{sub 20}\\MgO nanowires through a Hall cross geometry. While purely field-induced depinning shows no angular dependence on in-plane fields, the effect of the current depends crucially on the internal DW structure, which we manipulate by an external magnetic in-plane field. We show depinning measurements for a current sent parallel to the DW and compare its depinning efficiency with the conventional case of current flowing perpendicularly to the DW. We find that the maximum efficiency is similar for both current directions within the error bars, which is in line with a dominating damping-like spin-orbit torque (SOT) and indicates that no large additional torques arise for currents perpendicular to the DW. Finally, we find a varying dependence of the maximum depinning efficiency angle for different DWs and pinning levels. This emphasizes the importance of our full angular scans compared with previously used measurements for just two field directions (parallel and perpendicular to the DW) to determine the real torque strength and shows the sensitivity of the SOT to the precise DW structure and pinning sites.

  13. Spin-orbit current-induced torques in (Ga,Mn)As

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    Vehstedt, Erin K.; Zarbo, Liviu P.; Vyborny, Karel; Kurebayashi, Hidekazu; Roy, Pierre; Wunderlich, Joerg; Ferguson, Andrew J.; Jungwirth, Tomas; Sinova, Jairo

    2013-03-01

    Electrical control of magnetic domains has the potential to overcome key challenges to the development of new non-volatile and down-scalable logic and memory devices. We study the spin-orbit torque induced by an unpolarized electric current in the dilute ferromagnetic semiconductor, (Ga,Mn)As. The current-induced torque (CIT) is modeled as the interaction between the uniform magnetization and an effective magnetic field representing the non-equilibrium carrier spin-polarization. We calculate the current-induced field (CIF) using the Kubo linear-response formalism for a broad range of material parameters. We find that the CIF is composed of a dominant term due to the inverse spin galvanic effect and a small component which is dependent on the relative orientation of the current, magnetization, and crystal axes. In conjunction with experimental studies, we investigate the magnetization dynamics using the phenomenological Landau-Lifschitz-Gilbert equation. The study of (Ga,Mn)As opens the door to a comprehensive theory of CITs in uniform magnetic semiconductors.

  14. Ultrathin two-dimensional superconductivity with strong spin-orbit coupling.

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    Nam, Hyoungdo; Chen, Hua; Liu, Tijiang; Kim, Jisun; Zhang, Chendong; Yong, Jie; Lemberger, Thomas R; Kratz, Philip A; Kirtley, John R; Moler, Kathryn; Adams, Philip W; MacDonald, Allan H; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2016-09-20

    We report on a study of epitaxially grown ultrathin Pb films that are only a few atoms thick and have parallel critical magnetic fields much higher than the expected limit set by the interaction of electron spins with a magnetic field, that is, the Clogston-Chandrasekhar limit. The epitaxial thin films are classified as dirty-limit superconductors because their mean-free paths, which are limited by surface scattering, are smaller than their superconducting coherence lengths. The uniformity of superconductivity in these thin films is established by comparing scanning tunneling spectroscopy, scanning superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry, double-coil mutual inductance, and magneto-transport, data that provide average superfluid rigidity on length scales covering the range from microscopic to macroscopic. We argue that the survival of superconductivity at Zeeman energies much larger than the superconducting gap can be understood only as the consequence of strong spin-orbit coupling that, together with substrate-induced inversion-symmetry breaking, produces spin splitting in the normal-state energy bands that is much larger than the superconductor's energy gap.

  15. Theory of Intrinsic Spin Torque Due to Interface Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Kalitsov, Alan; Chshiev, Mairbek; Butler, William; Mryasov, Oleg

    2014-03-01

    The effect of intrinsic spin torque due to spin-orbit coupling (SOC) at the interface between thin ferromagnetic film and non-magnetic metal has attracted significant fundamental and applied research interest. We report quantum theory of SOC driven spin torque (SOT) within the Rashba model of SOC and two-band tight binding (TB) Hamiltonian including s-d exchange interactions (J). We employ the non-equilibrium Green Function formalism and find that SOT to the first order in SOC has symmetry consistent with the earlier quasi-classical diffusive theory. An obvious benefit of the proposed approach is the expression for the SOT given in terms of TB parameters which enables a physically transparent analysis of the dependencies of SOT on material specific parameters such as Rashba SOC constant, hopping integral, Fermi level and J. On the basis of analytical and numerical results we discuss trends in strength of SOT and its correlation with the Spin Hall conductivity. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN, STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  16. Shallow and diffuse spin-orbit potential for proton elastic scattering from neutron-rich helium isotopes at 71 MeV/nucleon

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    Sakaguchi, S; Aoi, N; Ichikawa, Y; Itoh, K; Itoh, M; Kawabata, T; Kawahara, T; Kondo, Y; Kuboki, H; Nakamura, T; Nakao, T; Nakayama, Y; Sakai, H; Sasamoto, Y; Sekiguchi, K; Shimamura, T; Shimizu, Y; Wakui, T

    2013-01-01

    Vector analyzing powers for proton elastic scattering from 8He at 71 MeV/nucleon have been measured using a solid polarized proton target operated in a low magnetic field of 0.1 T. The spin-orbit potential obtained from a phenomenological optical model analysis is found to be significantly shallower and more diffuse than the global systematics of stable nuclei, which is an indication that the spin-orbit potential is modified for scattering involving neutron-rich nuclei. A close similarity between the matter radius and the root-mean-square radius of the spin-orbit potential is also identified.

  17. Acoustic phonon-limited resistivity of spin-orbit coupled two-dimensional electron gas: the deformation potential and piezoelectric scattering.

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    Biswas, Tutul; Ghosh, Tarun Kanti

    2013-01-23

    We study the interaction between electron and acoustic phonons in a Rashba spin-orbit coupled two-dimensional electron gas using Boltzmann transport theory. Both the deformation potential and piezoelectric scattering mechanisms are considered in the Bloch-Grüneisen (BG) regime as well as in the equipartition (EP) regime. The effect of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction on the temperature dependence of the resistivity in the BG and EP regimes is discussed. We find that the effective exponent of the temperature dependence of the resistivity in the BG regime decreases due to spin-orbit coupling.

  18. Electronic equivalence of optical negative refraction and retroreflection in the two-dimensional systems with inhomogeneous spin-orbit couplings

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    Lv, Bo; Ma, Zhongshui

    2013-01-01

    The negative refracted transmission and retroreflection of electrons in low-electron-density semiconductors, in the presence of spin-orbit coupling, are theoretically predicted. It is shown that negative electronic transport may occur owing to the occurrence of additional states whose wave vectors are antiparallel to their group velocities. We conclude that the transport emerges as negative in nature in the scattering process if the sign of its ray equation is reversed with respect to that of the incidence's. We demonstrate this finding in the hybrid of two-dimensional electron gases with different Rashba spin-orbit couplings. We also show that the fundamental of negative electric transport is promising to focus a divergent electronic beam in a spintronic sandwich structure with flat surfaces.

  19. Spin Seebeck effect and thermoelectric phenomena in superconducting hybrids with magnetic textures or spin-orbit coupling

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    Bathen, Marianne Etzelmüller; Linder, Jacob

    2017-01-01

    We theoretically consider the spin Seebeck effect, the charge Seebeck coefficient, and the thermoelectric figure of merit in superconducting hybrid structures including either magnetic textures or intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. We demonstrate that large magnitudes for all these quantities are obtainable in Josephson-based systems with either zero or a small externally applied magnetic field. This provides an alternative to the thermoelectric effects generated in high-field (~1 T) superconducting hybrid systems, which were recently experimentally demonstrated. The systems studied contain either conical ferromagnets, spin-active interfaces, or spin-orbit coupling. We present a framework for calculating the linear thermoelectric response for both spin and charge of a system upon applying temperature and voltage gradients based on quasiclassical theory which allows for arbitrary spin-dependent textures and fields to be conveniently incorporated.

  20. Explicitly correlated Gaussian basis set expansion approach for few-body systems with spin-orbit coupling

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    Guan, Qingze; Blume, Doerte

    2016-05-01

    The explicit correlated Gaussian (ECG) basis set expansion approach is a variational approach that has been used in various areas, including molecular, nuclear, atomic, and chemical physics. In the world of cold atoms, e.g., the ECG approach has been used to calculate the eigenenergies and eigenstates of few-body systems governed by Efimov physics. Since the first experimental realization of synthesized gauge fields, few-body systems with spin-orbit coupling have attracted a great deal of attention. Here, the ECG approach is customized to few-body systems with both short-range interactions and spin-orbit couplings. Benchmark tests and a performance analysis will be presented. Support by the NSF is gratefully acknowledged.

  1. Conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power in a normal metal with spin-orbit coupling

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    Yan, Yonghong; Wu, Haifei; Jiang, Feng

    2016-12-01

    We theoretically investigate the conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power in a normal metal with spin-orbit coupling based on the Green's function method. The normal metal is connected with three leads. A spin current injected in one lead can induce a charge current between another two leads. We find that the conversion efficiency of spin power to charge power is roughly proportional to tSO4 when the spin-orbit coupling tSO is weak, suggesting that the efficiency is limited. Moreover, an increase of temperature may reduce the efficiency. The results may be useful in determining the overall efficiency of a thermoelectric setup based on the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect.

  2. Tuning directional dependent metal-insulator transitions in quasi-1D quantum wires with spin-orbit density wave instability

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    Das, Tanmoy

    2016-07-01

    We study directional dependent band gap evolutions and metal-insulator transitions (MITs) in model quantum wire systems within the spin-orbit density wave (SODW) model. The evolution of MIT is studied as a function of varying anisotropy between the intra-wire hopping ({{t}\\parallel} ) and inter-wire hopping ({{t}\\bot} ) with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We find that as long as the anisotropy ratio (β ={{t}\\bot}/{{t}\\parallel} ) remains below 0.5, and the Fermi surface nesting is tuned to {{\\mathbf{Q}}1}=≤ft(π,0\\right) , an exotic SODW induced MIT easily develops, with its critical interaction strength increasing with increasing anisotropy. As β \\to 1 (2D system), the nesting vector switches to {{\\mathbf{Q}}2}=≤ft(π,π \\right) , making this state again suitable for an isotropic MIT. Finally, we discuss various physical consequences and possible applications of the directional dependent MIT.

  3. Multidimensional Josephson vortices in spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates: Snake instability and decay through vortex dipoles

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    Gallemí, A.; Guilleumas, M.; Mayol, R.; Mateo, A. Muñoz

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the dynamics of Josephson vortex states in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates with Rashba-Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling by using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. In one dimension, both in homogeneous and harmonically trapped systems, we report on stationary states containing doubly charged, static Josephson vortices. In multidimensional systems, we find stable Josephson vortices in a regime of parameters typical of current experiments with 87Rb atoms. In addition, we discuss the instability regime of Josephson vortices in disk-shaped condensates, where the snake instability operates and vortex dipoles emerge. We study the rich dynamics that they exhibit in different regimes of the spin-orbit-coupled condensate depending on the orientation of the Josephson vortices.

  4. Perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling for generally applicable high-level multi-reference methods

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    Mai, Sebastian; Plasser, Felix; Marquetand, Philipp; Lischka, Hans; González, Leticia

    2016-01-01

    An efficient perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling within the framework of high-level multi-reference techniques has been implemented in the most recent version of the COLUMBUS quantum chemistry package, extending the existing fully variational two-component (2c) multi-reference configuration interaction singles and doubles (MRCISD) method. The proposed scheme follows related implementations of quasi-degenerate perturbation theory (QDPT) model space techniques. Our model space is built either from uncontracted, large-scale scalar relativistic MRCISD wavefunctions or based on the scalar-relativistic solutions of the linear-response-theory-based multi-configurational averaged quadratic coupled cluster method (LRT-MRAQCC). The latter approach allows for a consistent, approximatively size-consistent and size-extensive treatment of spin-orbit coupling. The approach is described in detail and compared to a number of related techniques. The inherent accuracy of the QDPT approach is validated by comparing c...

  5. Field-assisted spin-polarized electron transport through a single quantum well with spin-orbit coupling

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    Ding Xiu-Huan; Zhang Cun-Xi; Wang Rui; Zhou Yun-Qing; Kong Ling-Min

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated theoretically the field-driven electron transport through a single-quantum-well semiconductor heterostructure with spin-orbit coupling.The splitting of the asymmetric Fano-type resonance peaks due to the Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling is found to be highly sensitive to the direction of the incident electron.The splitting of the Fano-type resonance induces the spin-polarization dependent electron current.The location and the line shape of the Fano-type resonance can be controlled by adjusting the energy and the direction of the incident electron,the oscillation frequency,and the amplitude of the external field.These interesting features may be used to devise tunable spin filters and realize pure spin transmission currents.

  6. Steady state obliquity of a rigid body in the spin-orbit resonant problem: application to Mercury

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    Lhotka, Christoph

    2017-09-01

    We investigate the stable Cassini state 1 in the p : q spin-orbit resonant problem. Our study includes the effect of the gravitational potential up to degree and order 4 and p : q spin-orbit resonances with p,q≤ 8 and p≥ q . We derive new formulae that link the gravitational field coefficients with its secular orbital elements and its rotational parameters. The formulae can be used to predict the orientation of the spin axis and necessary angular momentum at exact resonance. We also develop a simple pendulum model to approximate the dynamics close to resonance and make use of it to predict the libration periods and widths of the oscillatory regime of motions in phase space. Our analytical results are based on averaging theory that we also confirm by means of numerical simulations of the exact dynamical equations. Our results are applied to a possible rotational history of Mercury.

  7. Spin-orbit and rotational couplings in radiative association of C(3P) and N(4S) atoms.

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    Antipov, Sergey V; Gustafsson, Magnus; Nyman, Gunnar

    2011-11-14

    The role of spin-orbit and rotational couplings in radiative association of C((3)P) and N((4)S) atoms is investigated. Couplings among doublet electronic states of the CN radical are considered, giving rise to a 6-state model of the process. The solution of the dynamical problem is based on the L(2) method, where a complex absorbing potential is added to the Hamiltonian operator in order to treat continuum and bound levels in the same manner. Comparison of the energy-dependent rate coefficients calculated with and without spin-orbit and rotational couplings shows that the couplings have a strong effect on the resonance structure and low-energy baseline of the rate coefficient.

  8. Eccentricity and Spin-Orbit Misalignment in Short-Period Stellar Binaries as a Signpost of Hidden Tertiary Companions

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    Anderson, Kassandra R; Storch, Natalia I

    2016-01-01

    Eclipsing binaries are observed to have a range of eccentricities and spin-orbit misalignments (stellar obliquities). Whether such properties are primordial, or arise from post-formation dynamical interactions remains uncertain. This paper considers the scenario in which the binary is the inner component of a hierarchical triple stellar system, and derives the requirements that the tertiary companion must satisfy in order to raise the eccentricity and obliquity of the inner binary. Through numerical integrations of the secular octupole-order equations of motion of stellar triples, coupled with the spin precession of the oblate primary star due to the torque from the secondary, we obtain a simple, robust condition for producing spin-orbit misalignment in the inner binary: In order to excite appreciable obliquity, the precession rate of the stellar spin axis must be smaller than the orbital precession rate due to the tertiary companion. This yields quantitative requirements on the mass and orbit of the tertiary...

  9. Magnetization reversal in ferromagnetic thin films induced by spin-orbit interaction with Slonczewski-like spin transfer torque

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    Li, Jia, E-mail: lijia@wipm.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071 (China)

    2014-10-07

    We theoretically investigate the dynamics of magnetization in ferromagnetic thin films induced by spin-orbit interaction with Slonczewski-like spin transfer torque. We reproduce the experimental results of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy films by micromagnetic simulation. Due to the spin-orbit interaction, the magnetization can be switched by changing the direction of the current with the assistant of magnetic field. By increasing the current amplitude, wider range of switching events can be achieved. Time evolution of magnetization has provided us a clear view of the process, and explained the role of minimum external field. Slonczewski-like spin transfer torque modifies the magnetization when current is present. The magnitude of the minimum external field is determined by the strength of the Slonczewski-like spin transfer torque. The investigations may provide potential applications in magnetic memories.

  10. Reprint of : Finite-size effects on the minimal conductivity in graphene with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Rakyta, Péter; Oroszlány, László; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2016-08-01

    We study theoretically the minimal conductivity of monolayer graphene in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling. The Rashba spin-orbit interaction causes the low-energy bands to undergo trigonal-warping deformation and for energies smaller than the Lifshitz energy, the Fermi circle breaks up into parts, forming four separate Dirac cones. We calculate the minimal conductivity for an ideal strip of length L and width W within the Landauer-Büttiker formalism in a continuum and in a tight binding model. We show that the minimal conductivity depends on the relative orientation of the sample and the probing electrodes due to the interference of states related to different Dirac cones. We also explore the effects of finite system size and find that the minimal conductivity can be lowered compared to that of an infinitely wide sample.

  11. Spin-orbit coupled superconductivity at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Li, Chi-Sheng; Singh, Akhilesh Kr.; Song, Ming-Yuan; Lee, Wei-Li

    2017-03-01

    We have grown few unit cells of epitaxial LaAlO3 (LAO) on TiO2 terminated SrTiO3 (STO) substrates using oxide MBE technique, which shows an interface superconductivity below about 0.3 K. By fabricating a back gate electrode via the STO substrate, the superconductor-to-insulator transition was observed by applying gate voltages on a macroscopic size of the two-dimensional electron liquid (2DEL) at the interface of LAO/STO. From the superconducting critical field anisotropy measurements, a sizable spin-orbit coupling is found to present in the superconducting phase, where the upper limit of the spin-orbit coupling strength can be largely tuned by gate voltages. In addition, magnetotransport anomaly was observed when depleting the electron density and thus driving the 2DEL into insulating phase, suggesting an inhomogeneous density distribution and also a possible multiband conduction in the 2DEL.

  12. Influence of spin-orbit interaction within the insulating barrier on the electron transport in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Vedyayev, A.; Ryzhanova, N.; Strelkov, N.; Titova, M.; Chshiev, M.; Rodmacq, B.; Auffret, S.; Cuchet, L.; Nistor, L.; Dieny, B.

    2017-02-01

    We present a theory of the anisotropy of tunneling magnetoresistance (ATMR) phenomenon in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) attributed to Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the insulating barrier. ATMR represents the difference of tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) amplitude measured with in-plane and out-of-plane magnetic configurations. It is demonstrated that within the spin-polarized free-electron model the change of conductance associated with the ATMR is exactly twice the change of conductance measured at full saturation (i.e., in parallel configuration of magnetizations) between in-plane and out-of-plane configuration, i.e., the tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR). Both ATMR and TAMR are closely related to the TMR amplitude and spin-orbit constant. The predicted ATMR phenomenon is confirmed experimentally, showing a few percent value in the case of the widely studied CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB based MTJ.

  13. Spin-orbital exchange of strongly interacting fermions in the p band of a two-dimensional optical lattice.

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    Zhou, Zhenyu; Zhao, Erhai; Liu, W Vincent

    2015-03-13

    Mott insulators with both spin and orbital degeneracy are pertinent to a large number of transition metal oxides. The intertwined spin and orbital fluctuations can lead to rather exotic phases such as quantum spin-orbital liquids. Here, we consider two-component (spin 1/2) fermionic atoms with strong repulsive interactions on the p band of the optical square lattice. We derive the spin-orbital exchange for quarter filling of the p band when the density fluctuations are suppressed, and show that it frustrates the development of long-range spin order. Exact diagonalization indicates a spin-disordered ground state with ferro-orbital order. The system dynamically decouples into individual Heisenberg spin chains, each realizing a Luttinger liquid accessible at higher temperatures compared to atoms confined to the s band.

  14. Spin-orbit splittings of neutron states in N =20 isotones from covariant density functionals and their extensions

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    Karakatsanis, Konstantinos; Lalazissis, G. A.; Ring, Peter; Litvinova, Elena

    2017-03-01

    Spin-orbit splitting is an essential ingredient for our understanding of the shell structure in nuclei. One of the most important advantages of relativistic mean-field (RMF) models in nuclear physics is the fact that the large spin-orbit (SO) potential emerges automatically from the inclusion of Lorentz-scalar and -vector potentials in the Dirac equation. It is therefore of great importance to compare the results of such models with experimental data. We investigate the size of 2 p and 1 f splittings for the isotone chain 40Ca, 38Ar, 36S, and 34Si in the framework of various relativistic and nonrelativistic density functionals. They are compared with the results of nonrelativistic models and with recent experimental data.

  15. Spin-orbit torque in a bulk perpendicular magnetic anisotropy Pd/FePd/MgO system.

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    Lee, Hwang-Rae; Lee, Kyujoon; Cho, Jaehun; Choi, Young-Ha; You, Chun-Yeol; Jung, Myung-Hwa; Bonell, Frédéric; Shiota, Yoichi; Miwa, Shinji; Suzuki, Yoshishige

    2014-10-08

    Spin-orbit torques, including the Rashba and spin Hall effects, have been widely observed and investigated in various systems. Since interesting spin-orbit torque (SOT) arises at the interface between heavy nonmagnetic metals and ferromagnetic metals, most studies have focused on the ultra-thin ferromagnetic layer with interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Here, we measured the effective longitudinal and transverse fields of bulk perpendicular magnetic anisotropy Pd/FePd (1.54 to 2.43 nm)/MgO systems using harmonic methods with careful correction procedures. We found that in our range of thicknesses, the effective longitudinal and transverse fields are five to ten times larger than those reported in interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy systems. The observed magnitude and thickness dependence of the effective fields suggest that the SOT do not have a purely interfacial origin in our samples.

  16. Rashba spin-orbit interaction effect on the optical properties of a disk-like quantum dot

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    Hosseinpour, Parinaz; Barvestani, Jamal; Soltani-Vala, Ali

    2016-04-01

    Using the density matrix approach and iterative method, we have theoretically investigated the optical properties of a disk-like quantum dot (QD) with hard-wall confining potential subjected to an external static magnetic field in the presence of a Rashba spin-orbit interaction. The results of numerical calculations for the typical InAs QD show that the linear, nonlinear and total absorption coefficients (ACs) and refractive index (RI) changes are sensitive to the parameters of the magnetic field and dot size. Moreover, the resonance peaks of ACs and RI changes redshift when increasing the Rashba spin-orbit interaction strength. The role of this interaction as a control parameter on the ACs and RI changes has been demonstrated in detail.

  17. Spin-Orbit-Coupled Correlated Metal Phase in Kondo Lattices: An Implementation with Alkaline-Earth Atoms

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    Isaev, L.; Schachenmayer, J.; Rey, A. M.

    2016-09-01

    We show that an interplay between quantum effects, strong on-site ferromagnetic exchange interaction, and antiferromagnetic correlations in Kondo lattices can give rise to an exotic spin-orbit coupled metallic state in regimes where classical treatments predict a trivial insulating behavior. This phenomenon can be simulated with ultracold alkaline-earth fermionic atoms subject to a laser-induced magnetic field by observing dynamics of spin-charge excitations in quench experiments.

  18. Incommensurate spin density wave as a signature of spin-orbit coupling and precursor of topological superconductivity

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    Farrell, Aaron; Wu, P.-K.; Kao, Y.-J.; Pereg-Barnea, T.

    2016-12-01

    On a square lattice, the Hubbard model at half filling reduces to the Heisenberg model and exhibits antiferromagnetism. When doped away from half filling this model gives rise to d -wave superconductivity. This behavior is reminiscent of the phenomenology of the cuprate family with their high Tcd -wave superconductivity and their antiferromagnetic parent compound. It is therefore interesting to study an extension of the Hubbard model which includes spin orbit coupling. We have previously studied this model away from half filling [see, for example, Farrell and Pereg-Barnea, Phys. Rev. B 89, 035112 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.035112] and found that the addition of spin-orbit coupling and Zeeman field leads to topological superconductivity with d +i d pairing function. In this paper we are interested in the `parent compound' of this state. Namely, we study the half filling, strong coupling limit of the square lattice Hubbard model with spin orbit coupling and Zeeman field. The strong coupling expansion of the model is a spin model which contains compass anisotropy and Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction on top of the usual Heisenberg term. We analyze this spin model classically and find an incommensurate spin density wave (ISDW) for low Zeeman fields. This ISDW has a wave vector Q ⃗ which deviates from (π ,π ) by an amount which is proportional to the spin-orbit coupling and can therefore serve as a signature. We study the stability of the ISDW phase using spin wave theory and find a stable and an unstable region. At higher but moderate Zeeman fields we find a tilted antiferromagnet and a ferromagnet at high Zeeman fields.

  19. Enhanced optical spin current injection in the hexagonal lattice with intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions

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    Zou, Jianfei; Tang, Chunmei; Zhang, Aimei

    2017-04-01

    We study the photo-induced spin current injection in a hexagonal lattice with both intrinsic and Rashba spin-orbit interactions which is irradiated by a polarized light beam. It is found that the spin current injection rate could be enhanced as the graphene lattice is in the topological insulator state. Furthermore, the spin current injection rate could be remarkably modulated by the degree of polarization of light and its frequency.

  20. Spin orbit coupling for molecular ab initio density matrix renormalization group calculations: Application to g-tensors

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    Roemelt, Michael

    2015-07-01

    Spin Orbit Coupling (SOC) is introduced to molecular ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) calculations. In the presented scheme, one first approximates the electronic ground state and a number of excited states of the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) Hamiltonian with the aid of the DMRG algorithm. Owing to the spin-adaptation of the algorithm, the total spin S is a good quantum number for these states. After the non-relativistic DMRG calculation is finished, all magnetic sublevels of the calculated states are constructed explicitly, and the SOC operator is expanded in the resulting basis. To this end, spin orbit coupled energies and wavefunctions are obtained as eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the full Hamiltonian matrix which is composed of the SOC operator matrix and the BO Hamiltonian matrix. This treatment corresponds to a quasi-degenerate perturbation theory approach and can be regarded as the molecular equivalent to atomic Russell-Saunders coupling. For the evaluation of SOC matrix elements, the full Breit-Pauli SOC Hamiltonian is approximated by the widely used spin-orbit mean field operator. This operator allows for an efficient use of the second quantized triplet replacement operators that are readily generated during the non-relativistic DMRG algorithm, together with the Wigner-Eckart theorem. With a set of spin-orbit coupled wavefunctions at hand, the molecular g-tensors are calculated following the scheme proposed by Gerloch and McMeeking. It interprets the effective molecular g-values as the slope of the energy difference between the lowest Kramers pair with respect to the strength of the applied magnetic field. Test calculations on a chemically relevant Mo complex demonstrate the capabilities of the presented method.

  1. Spin-Orbit-Coupled Correlated Metal Phase in Kondo Lattices: An Implementation with Alkaline-Earth Atoms.

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    Isaev, L; Schachenmayer, J; Rey, A M

    2016-09-23

    We show that an interplay between quantum effects, strong on-site ferromagnetic exchange interaction, and antiferromagnetic correlations in Kondo lattices can give rise to an exotic spin-orbit coupled metallic state in regimes where classical treatments predict a trivial insulating behavior. This phenomenon can be simulated with ultracold alkaline-earth fermionic atoms subject to a laser-induced magnetic field by observing dynamics of spin-charge excitations in quench experiments.

  2. Mercury's capture into the 3/2 spin-orbit resonance including the effect of core-mantle friction

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    Correia, Alexandre C M; 10.1016/j.icarus.2008.12.034

    2009-01-01

    The rotation of Mercury is presently captured in a 3/2 spin-orbit resonance with the orbital mean motion. The capture mechanism is well understood as the result of tidal interactions with the Sun combined with planetary perturbations. However, it is now almost certain that Mercury has a liquid core, which should induce a contribution of viscous friction at the core-mantle boundary to the spin evolution. This last effect greatly increases the chances of capture in all spin-orbit resonances, being 100% for the 2/1 resonance, and thus preventing the planet from evolving to the presently observed configuration. Here we show that for a given resonance, as the chaotic evolution of Mercury's orbit can drive its eccentricity to very low values during the planet's history, any previous capture can be destabilized whenever the eccentricity becomes lower than a critical value. In our numerical integrations of 1000 orbits of Mercury over 4 Gyr, the spin ends 99.8% of the time captured in a spin-orbit resonance, in partic...

  3. Perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling for generally applicable high-level multi-reference methods

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    Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia [Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währinger Str. 17, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Müller, Thomas, E-mail: th.mueller@fz-juelich.de [Institute for Advanced Simulation, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Plasser, Felix [Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 368, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Lischka, Hans [Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währinger Str. 17, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1061 (United States)

    2014-08-21

    An efficient perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling within the framework of high-level multi-reference techniques has been implemented in the most recent version of the COLUMBUS quantum chemistry package, extending the existing fully variational two-component (2c) multi-reference configuration interaction singles and doubles (MRCISD) method. The proposed scheme follows related implementations of quasi-degenerate perturbation theory (QDPT) model space techniques. Our model space is built either from uncontracted, large-scale scalar relativistic MRCISD wavefunctions or based on the scalar-relativistic solutions of the linear-response-theory-based multi-configurational averaged quadratic coupled cluster method (LRT-MRAQCC). The latter approach allows for a consistent, approximatively size-consistent and size-extensive treatment of spin-orbit coupling. The approach is described in detail and compared to a number of related techniques. The inherent accuracy of the QDPT approach is validated by comparing cuts of the potential energy surfaces of acrolein and its S, Se, and Te analoga with the corresponding data obtained from matching fully variational spin-orbit MRCISD calculations. The conceptual availability of approximate analytic gradients with respect to geometrical displacements is an attractive feature of the 2c-QDPT-MRCISD and 2c-QDPT-LRT-MRAQCC methods for structure optimization and ab inito molecular dynamics simulations.

  4. Fermi Surface of Sr_{2}RuO_{4}: Spin-Orbit and Anisotropic Coulomb Interaction Effects.

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    Zhang, Guoren; Gorelov, Evgeny; Sarvestani, Esmaeel; Pavarini, Eva

    2016-03-11

    The topology of the Fermi surface of Sr_{2}RuO_{4} is well described by local-density approximation calculations with spin-orbit interaction, but the relative size of its different sheets is not. By accounting for many-body effects via dynamical mean-field theory, we show that the standard isotropic Coulomb interaction alone worsens or does not correct this discrepancy. In order to reproduce experiments, it is essential to account for the Coulomb anisotropy. The latter is small but has strong effects; it competes with the Coulomb-enhanced spin-orbit coupling and the isotropic Coulomb term in determining the Fermi surface shape. Its effects are likely sizable in other correlated multiorbital systems. In addition, we find that the low-energy self-energy matrix-responsible for the reshaping of the Fermi surface-sizably differs from the static Hartree-Fock limit. Finally, we find a strong spin-orbital entanglement; this supports the view that the conventional description of Cooper pairs via factorized spin and orbital part might not apply to Sr_{2}RuO_{4}.

  5. Perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling for generally applicable high-level multi-reference methods.

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    Mai, Sebastian; Müller, Thomas; Plasser, Felix; Marquetand, Philipp; Lischka, Hans; González, Leticia

    2014-08-21

    An efficient perturbational treatment of spin-orbit coupling within the framework of high-level multi-reference techniques has been implemented in the most recent version of the Columbus quantum chemistry package, extending the existing fully variational two-component (2c) multi-reference configuration interaction singles and doubles (MRCISD) method. The proposed scheme follows related implementations of quasi-degenerate perturbation theory (QDPT) model space techniques. Our model space is built either from uncontracted, large-scale scalar relativistic MRCISD wavefunctions or based on the scalar-relativistic solutions of the linear-response-theory-based multi-configurational averaged quadratic coupled cluster method (LRT-MRAQCC). The latter approach allows for a consistent, approximatively size-consistent and size-extensive treatment of spin-orbit coupling. The approach is described in detail and compared to a number of related techniques. The inherent accuracy of the QDPT approach is validated by comparing cuts of the potential energy surfaces of acrolein and its S, Se, and Te analoga with the corresponding data obtained from matching fully variational spin-orbit MRCISD calculations. The conceptual availability of approximate analytic gradients with respect to geometrical displacements is an attractive feature of the 2c-QDPT-MRCISD and 2c-QDPT-LRT-MRAQCC methods for structure optimization and ab inito molecular dynamics simulations.

  6. Analytic one-electron properties at the 4-component relativistic coupled cluster level with inclusion of spin-orbit coupling

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    Shee, Avijit; Visscher, Lucas; Saue, Trond

    2016-11-01

    We present a formulation and implementation of the calculation of (orbital-unrelaxed) expectation values at the 4-component relativistic coupled cluster level with spin-orbit coupling included from the start. The Lagrangian-based analytical energy derivative technique constitutes the basic theoretical framework of this work. The key algorithms for single reference relativistic coupled cluster have been implemented using routines for general tensor contractions of up to rank-2 tensors in which the direct product decomposition scheme is employed to benefit from double group symmetry. As a sample application, we study the electric field gradient at the bismuth nucleus in the BiX (X = N, P) series of molecules, where the effect of spin-orbit coupling is substantial. Our results clearly indicate that the current reference value for the nuclear quadrupole moment of 209Bi needs revision. We also have applied our method to the calculation of the parity violating energy shift of chiral molecules. The latter property is strictly zero in the absence of spin-orbit coupling. For the H2X2 (X = O,S,Se,Te) series of molecules the effect of correlation is found to be quite small.

  7. Direct mapping of spin and orbital entangled wave functions under interband spin-orbit coupling of giant Rashba spin-split surface states

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    Noguchi, Ryo; Kuroda, Kenta; Yaji, K.; Kobayashi, K.; Sakano, M.; Harasawa, A.; Kondo, Takeshi; Komori, F.; Shin, S.

    2017-01-01

    We use spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SARPES) combined with a polarization-variable laser and investigate the spin-orbit coupling effect under interband hybridization of Rashba spin-split states for the surface alloys Bi/Ag(111) and Bi/Cu(111). In addition to the conventional band mapping of photoemission for Rashba spin splitting, the different orbital and spin parts of the surface wave function are directly imaged into energy-momentum space. It is unambiguously revealed that the interband spin-orbit coupling modifies the spin and orbital character of the Rashba surface states leading to the enriched spin-orbital entanglement and the pronounced momentum dependence of the spin polarization. The hybridization thus strongly deviates the spin and orbital characters from the standard Rashba model. The complex spin texture under interband spin-orbit hybridization proposed by first-principles calculation is experimentally unraveled by SARPES with a combination of p - and s -polarized light.

  8. Effect of Rashba and Dresselhaus Spin-Orbit Couplings on Electron Spin Polarization in a Hybrid Magnetic-Electric Barrier Nanostructure

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    Yang, Shi-Peng; Lu, Mao-Wang; Huang, Xin-Hong; Tang, Qiang; Zhou, Yong-Long

    2017-04-01

    A theoretical study has been carried out on the spin-dependent electron transport in a hybrid magnetic-electric barrier nanostructure with both Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings, which can be experimentally realized by depositing a ferromagnetic strip and a Schottky metal strip on top of a semiconductor heterostructure. The spin-orbit coupling-dependent transmission coefficient, conductance, and spin polarization are calculated by solving the Schrödinger equation exactly with the help of the transfer-matrix method. We find that both the magnitude and sign of the electron spin polarization vary strongly with the spin-orbit coupling strength. Thus, the degree of electron spin polarization can be manipulated by properly adjusting the spin-orbit coupling strength, and such a nanosystem can be employed as a controllable spin filter for spintronics applications.

  9. Spin-orbit coupling effects, interactions and superconducting transport in nanostructures

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    Schulz, Andreas

    2010-05-15

    In the present thesis we study the electronic properties of several low dimensional nanoscale systems. In the first part, we focus on the combined effect of spin-orbit coupling (SOI) and Coulomb interaction in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as well as quantum wires. We derive low energy theories for both systems, using the bosonization technique and obtain analytic expressions for the correlation functions that allow us to compute basically all observables of interest. We first focus on CNTs and show that a four channel Luttinger liquid theory can still be applied when SOI effects are taken into account. Compared to previous formulations, the low-energy Hamiltonian is characterized by different Luttinger parameters and plasmon velocities. Notably, the charge and spin modes are coupled. Our theory allows us to compute an asymptotically exact expression for the spectral function of a metallic carbon nanotube. We find modifications to the previously predicted structure of the spectral function that can in principle be tested by photoemission spectroscopy experiments. We develop a very similar low energy description for an interacting quantum wire subject to Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC). We derive a two component Luttinger liquid Hamiltonian in the presence of RSOC, taking into account all e-e interaction processes allowed by the conservation of total momentum. The effective low energy Hamiltonian includes an additional perturbation due to intraband backscattering processes with band flip. Within a one-loop RG scheme, this perturbation is marginally irrelevant. The fixed point model is then still a two channel Luttinger liquid, albeit with a non standard form due to SOI. Again, the charge and spin mode are coupled. Using our low energy theory, we address the problem of the RKKY interaction in an interacting Rashba wire. The coupling of spin and charge modes due to SO effects implies several modifications, e.g. the explicit dependence of the power-law decay exponent of

  10. Evidence of an odd-parity hidden order in a spin-orbit coupled correlated iridate

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    Zhao, L.; Torchinsky, D. H.; Chu, H.; Ivanov, V.; Lifshitz, R.; Flint, R.; Qi, T.; Cao, G.; Hsieh, D.

    2016-01-01

    A rare combination of strong spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron correlations makes the iridate Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 a promising host for novel electronic phases of matter. The resemblance of its crystallographic, magnetic and electronic structures to La2CuO4, as well as the emergence on doping of a pseudogap region and a low-temperature d-wave gap, has particularly strengthened analogies to cuprate high-Tc superconductors. However, unlike the cuprate phase diagram, which features a plethora of broken symmetry phases in a pseudogap region that includes charge density wave, stripe, nematic and possibly intra-unit-cell loop-current orders, no broken symmetry phases proximate to the parent antiferromagnetic Mott insulating phase in Sr2IrO4 have been observed so far, making the comparison of iridate to cuprate phenomenology incomplete. Using optical second-harmonic generation, we report evidence of a hidden non-dipolar magnetic order in Sr2IrO4 that breaks both the spatial inversion and rotational symmetries of the underlying tetragonal lattice. Four distinct domain types corresponding to discrete 90°-rotated orientations of a pseudovector order parameter are identified using nonlinear optical microscopy, which is expected from an electronic phase that possesses the symmetries of a magneto-electric loop-current order. The onset temperature of this phase is monotonically suppressed with bulk hole doping, albeit much more weakly than the Néel temperature, revealing an extended region of the phase diagram with purely hidden order. Driving this hidden phase to its quantum critical point may be a path to realizing superconductivity in Sr2IrO4.

  11. Origin and Magnitude of `Designer' Spin-Orbit Interaction in Graphene on Semiconducting Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Wang, Zhe; Ki, Dong-Keun; Khoo, Jun Yong; Mauro, Diego; Berger, Helmuth; Levitov, Leonid S.; Morpurgo, Alberto F.

    2016-10-01

    We use a combination of experimental techniques to demonstrate a general occurrence of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) in graphene on transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) substrates. Our measurements indicate that SOI is ultrastrong and extremely robust, despite it being merely interfacially induced, with neither graphene nor the TMD substrates changing their structure. This is found to be the case irrespective of the TMD material used, of the transport regime, of the carrier type in the graphene band, or of the thickness of the graphene multilayer. Specifically, we perform weak antilocalization (WAL) measurements as the simplest and most general diagnostic of SOI, and we show that the spin relaxation time is very short (approximately 0.2 ps or less) in all cases regardless of the elastic scattering time, whose value varies over nearly 2 orders of magnitude. Such a short spin-relaxation time strongly suggests that the SOI originates from a modification of graphene band structure. We confirmed this expectation by measuring a gate-dependent beating, and a corresponding frequency splitting, in the low-field Shubnikov-de Haas magnetoresistance oscillations in high-quality bilayer graphene devices on WSe2 . These measurements provide an unambiguous diagnostic of a SOI-induced splitting in the electronic band structure, and their analysis allows us to determine the SOI coupling constants for the Rashba term and the so-called spin-valley coupling term, i.e., the terms that were recently predicted theoretically for interface-induced SOI in graphene. The magnitude of the SOI splitting is found to be on the order of 10 meV, more than 100 times greater than the SOI intrinsic to graphene. Both the band character of the interfacially induced SOI and its robustness and large magnitude make graphene-on-TMD a promising system to realize and explore a variety of spin-dependent transport phenomena, such as, in particular, spin-Hall and valley-Hall topological insulating states.

  12. The influence of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling on the two-dimensional magnetoexcitons

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    Hakioglu, T [Department of Physics, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey); Liberman, M A [Department of Physics, Uppsala University, Box 530, SE-751 21, Uppsala (Sweden); Moskalenko, S A; Podlesny, I V [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 5, Academiei street, MD-2028, Chisinau (Moldova, Republic of)

    2011-08-31

    The influence of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC) on the two-dimensional (2D) electrons and holes in a strong perpendicular magnetic field leads to different results for the Landau quantization in different spin projections. In the Landau gauge the unidimensional wave vector describing the free motion in one in-plane direction is the same for both spin projections, whereas the numbers of Landau quantization levels are different. For an electron in an s-type conduction band they differ by one, as was established earlier by Rashba (1960 Fiz. Tverd. Tela 2 1224), whereas for heavy holes in a p-type valence band influenced by the 2D symmetry of the layer they differ by three. The shifts and the rearrangements of the 2D hole Landau quantization levels on the energy scale are much larger in comparison with the case of conduction electron Landau levels. This is due to the strong influence of the magnetic field on the RSOC parameter. At sufficiently large values of this parameter the shifts and rearrangements are comparable with the hole cyclotron energy. There are two lowest spin-split Landau levels for electrons as well as four lowest ones for holes in the case of small RSOC parameters. They give rise to eight lowest energy bands of the 2D magnetoexcitons, as well as of the band-to-band quantum transitions. It is shown that three of them are dipole-active, three are quadrupole-active and two are forbidden. The optical orientation under the influence of circularly polarized light leads to optical alignment of the magnetoexcitons with different orbital momentum projections in the direction of the external magnetic field. (paper)

  13. Perturbative treatment of spin-orbit coupling within spin-free exact two-component theory

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    Cheng, Lan, E-mail: chenglanster@gmail.com [Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Gauss, Jürgen, E-mail: gauss@uni-mainz.de [Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Mainz, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2014-10-28

    This work deals with the perturbative treatment of spin-orbit-coupling (SOC) effects within the spin-free exact two-component theory in its one-electron variant (SFX2C-1e). We investigate two schemes for constructing the SFX2C-1e SOC matrix: the SFX2C-1e+SOC [der] scheme defines the SOC matrix elements based on SFX2C-1e analytic-derivative theory, hereby treating the SOC integrals as the perturbation; the SFX2C-1e+SOC [fd] scheme takes the difference between the X2C-1e and SFX2C-1e Hamiltonian matrices as the SOC perturbation. Furthermore, a mean-field approach in the SFX2C-1e framework is formulated and implemented to efficiently include two-electron SOC effects. Systematic approximations to the two-electron SOC integrals are also proposed and carefully assessed. Based on benchmark calculations of the second-order SOC corrections to the energies and electrical properties for a set of diatomic molecules, we show that the SFX2C-1e+SOC [der] scheme performs very well in the computation of perturbative SOC corrections and that the “2eSL” scheme, which neglects the (SS|SS)-type two-electron SOC integrals, is both efficient and accurate. In contrast, the SFX2C-1e+SOC [fd] scheme turns out to be incompatible with a perturbative treatment of SOC effects. Finally, as a first chemical application, we report high-accuracy calculations of the {sup 201}Hg quadrupole-coupling parameters of the recently characterized ethylmercury hydride (HHgCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}) molecule based on SFX2C-1e coupled-cluster calculations augmented with second-order SOC corrections obtained at the Hartree-Fock level using the SFX2C-1e+SOC [der]/2eSL scheme.

  14. Spin-orbit interaction in quantum dots and quantum wires of correlated electrons - a way to spintronics?

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    Birkholz, Jens Eiko

    2008-10-06

    We study the influence of the spin-orbit interaction on the electronic transport through quantum dots and quantum wires of correlated electrons. Starting with a one-dimensional infinite continuum model without Coulomb interaction, we analyze the interplay of the spin-orbit interaction, an external magnetic field, and an external potential leading to currents with significant spin-polarization in appropriate parameter regimes. Since lattice models are known to often be superior to continuum models in describing the experimental situation of low-dimensional mesoscopic systems, we construct a lattice model which exhibits the same low-energy physics in terms of energy dispersion and spin expectation values. Confining the lattice to finite length and connecting it to two semi-infinite noninteracting Fermi liquid leads, we calculate the zero temperature linear conductance using the Landauer-Bttiker formalism and show that spin-polarization effects also evolve for the lattice model by adding an adequate potential structure and can be controlled by tuning the overall chemical potential of the system (quantum wire and leads). Next, we allow for a finite Coulomb interaction and use the functional renormalization group (fRG) method to capture correlation effects induced by the Coulomb interaction. The interacting system is thereby transformed into a noninteracting system with renormalized system parameters. For short wires ({proportional_to}100 lattice sites), we show that the energy regime in which spin polarization is found is strongly affected by the Coulomb interaction. For long wires (>1000 lattice sites), we find the power-law suppression of the total linear conductance on low energy scales typical for inhomogeneous Luttinger liquids while the degree of spin polarization stays constant. Considering quantum dots which consist of two lattice sites, we observe the well-known Kondo effect and analyze, how the Kondo temperature is affected by the spin-orbit interaction

  15. Effect of Rasbha spin-orbit interaction on the ground state energy of a hydrogenic D{sup 0} complex in a Gaussian quantum dot

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    Boda, Aalu, E-mail: aaluphd@gmail.com; Kumar, D. Sanjeev; Chatterjee, Ashok [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046, Telangana (India); Mukhopadhyay, Soma [Department of Physics, DVR College of Engineering and Technology, Sangareddy Mandal, Hyderabad 502285 (India)

    2015-06-24

    The ground state energy of a hydrogenic D{sup 0} complex trapped in a three-dimensional GaAs quantum dot with Gaussian confinement is calculated variationally incorporating the effect of Rashba spin-orbit interaction. The results are obtained as a function of the quantum dot size and the Rashba spin-orbit interaction. The results show that the Rashba interaction reduces the ground state energy of the system.

  16. Vortices in a Rotating Spin-Orbit-Coupled Bose—Einstein Condensate under Extreme Elongation in a Harmonic Plus Quartic Trap

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    Chen, Guang-Ping; Chen, Si-Lin; Xie, Zheng-Wei; Zhang, Xiao-Fei; Zhang, Shou-Gang

    2016-07-01

    We consider the ground-state properties of a rotating spin-orbit-coupled Bose—Einstein condensate under extreme elongation in a harmonic plus quartic potential. The effects of spin-orbit coupling and rotation on the ground-state vortex structures are investigated. In the absence of spin-orbit coupling, new nucleated vortices gradually form vortex lines and annular vortex structures with the increase of the rotation frequency. In the presence of spin-orbit coupling, part of the vortices arrange in a line and form a stable vortex chain, and the remanent vortices coexist in pairs aside such vortex chain. More specially, the remanent vortices of each component repel each other and form vortex pair for isotropic spin-orbit coupling, while attract each other and locate in the same positions for anisotropic spin-orbit coupling. Supported by the National Natural Science Fund for National Major Scientific Research Equipment and Equipment Special Fund under Grant No. 61025023, the NMFSEID under Grant No. 61127901, the Key Project Fund of the CAS “Light of West China” Program under Grant No. 2012ZD02, the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of CAS under Grant No. 2015334, and the Sichuan Province Education Department key Natural Science Fund under Grant Nos. 13ZA0149 and 16ZA0355

  17. Spin pumping and spin-orbit effects in Ge (Conference Presentation)

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    Oyarzún, Simón; Nandy, Ashis Kumar; Rortais, Fabien; Rojas-Sánchez, Juan Carlos; Laczkowski, Piotr; Pouget, Stephanie; Okuno, Hanako; Vila, Laurent; Vergnaud, Céline; Beigne, Cyrille; Marty, Alain; Attané, Jean Philippe; Gambarelli, Serge; George, Jean Marie; Jaffres, Henri; Blügel, Stefan; Jamet, Matthieu

    2016-10-01

    The field of spintronics is based on the manipulation of the spin degree of freedom. It uses the carrier spin angular momentum as a basic functional unit in addition to the charge. The first requirement of a semiconductor-based spintronic technology is the efficient generation of spin-polarized carriers into the device heterostructure made of Si or Ge (the materials of mainstream microelectronics) at room temperature. In this presentation, we focus on the generation of a sizeable spin population into Ge by spin pumping. Spin pumping corresponds to the generation of a pure spin current in the Ge film by exciting the ferromagnetic resonance of an adjacent ferromagnetic electrode with microwaves. The pure spin current is then detected using spin-orbit based effects. Our aim is to understand the basic mechanisms of spin pumping into Ge as well as the spin-to-charge conversion by inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE, bulk effect) [1-4] and Rashba-Edelstein effect (interface effect) [5]. The influence of interface states is clearly demonstrated. Moreover, using the spin-split Rashba sub-surface states of the Ge(111) surface, we succeeded in demonstrating a giant conversion of a spin current generated by spin pumping into a charge current by the Rashba-Edelstein effect [6,7]. Our experimental findings are supported by ab-initio calculations. 1. Rojas-Sánchez, J.-C. et al. Spin pumping and inverse spin Hall effect in germanium. Phys. Rev. B 88, (2013). 2. Kato, Y. K., Myers, R. C., Gossard, A. C. and Awschalom, D. D. Observation of the spin Hall effect in semiconductors. Science 306, 1910-1913 (2004). 3. Valenzuela, S. O. and Tinkham, M. Direct electronic measurement of the spin Hall effect. Nature 442, 176-179 (2006). 4. Saitoh, E., Ueda, M., Miyajima, H. and Tatara, G. Conversion of spin current into charge current at room temperature: Inverse spin-Hall effect. Appl Phys Lett 88, 2509 (2006). 5. Bychkov, Y. A. and Rashba, E. I. Oscillatory effects and the magnetic

  18. Spin-orbit Splitting and Lifetime Broadening in the A2△ Electronic State of l-C5H

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    Mohammad Ali Haddad; Dong-feng Zhao; Harold Linnartza; Wim Ubachs

    2012-01-01

    Optical absorption bands at ~18772 and ~18807 cm-1,previously assigned to A2△-X2Ⅱelectronic origin band transitions of the linear carbon-chain radicals C5H and CsD,respectively,have been reinvestigated.The spectra have been recorded in direct absorption applying cavity ring-down spectroscopy to a supersonically expanding acetylene/helium plasma.The improved spectra allow deducing a l-C5H upper state spin-orbit coupling constant A1=-0.7(3) cm-1 and a A2△ lifetime of 1.6±0.3 ps.

  19. The energy-level crossing behavior and quantum Fisher information in a quantum well with spin-orbit coupling.

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    Wang, Z H; Zheng, Q; Wang, Xiaoguang; Li, Yong

    2016-03-02

    We study the energy-level crossing behavior in a two-dimensional quantum well with the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings (SOCs). By mapping the SOC Hamiltonian onto an anisotropic Rabi model, we obtain the approximate ground state and its quantum Fisher information (QFI) via performing a unitary transformation. We find that the energy-level crossing can occur in the quantum well system within the available parameters rather than in cavity and circuit quantum eletrodynamics systems. Furthermore, the influence of two kinds of SOCs on the QFI is investigated and an intuitive explanation from the viewpoint of the stationary perturbation theory is given.

  20. Magnetization of a parabolic quantum dot in the presence of Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions

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    Kumar, D. Sanjeev, E-mail: sanjeevchs@gmail.com; Chatterjee, Ashok [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Mukhopadhyay, Soma [Department of Physics, DVR College of Engineering and Technology, Kashipur, Sangareddy Mandal, Hyderabad 502 285 (India)

    2015-05-15

    The magnetization of a parabolic quantum dot has been studied as a function of temperature and external magnetic field in the presence of Rashba, Dresselhaus Spin Orbit Interactions (SOI) and the electron-electron interactions. By the introduction of a simple and physically reasonable model potential, the problem has been solved exactly up to second order in both the SOI terms. Both the SOI found to be showing considerable effects on the magnetization of the quantum dot. The effect of electron-electron interaction on the magnetization also has been studied.

  1. Transport properties in a multi-terminal regular polygonal quantum ring with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Tang Han-Zhao; Zhai Li-Xue; Liu Jian-Jun

    2012-01-01

    Transport properties in a multi-terminal regular polygonal quantum ring with Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC)are investigated analytically using quantum networks and the transport matrix method.The results show that conductances remain at exactly the same values when the output leads are located at axisymmetric positions.However,for the nonaxisymmetrical case,there is a phase difference between the upper and lower arm,which leads to zero conductances appearing periodically.An isotropy of the conductance is destroyed by the Rashba SOC effect in the axisymmetric case.In addition,the position of zero conductance is regulated with the strength of the Rashba SOC.

  2. On the Bargmann-Michel-Telegdi equations, and spin-orbit coupling: A tribute to Raymond Stora

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    Duval, Christian

    2016-11-01

    The Bargmann-Michel-Telegdi equations describing the motions of a spinning, charged, relativistic particle endowed with an anomalous magnetic moment in an electromagnetic field, are reconsidered. They are shown to duly stem from the linearization of the characteristic distribution of a presymplectic structure refining the original one of Souriau. In this model, once specialized to the case of a static electric-like field, the angular momentum and energy given by the associated moment map now correctly restore the spin-orbit coupling term. This is the state-of-the-art of unfinished joint work with Raymond Stora.

  3. On the Bargmann-Michel-Telegdi equations, and spin-orbit coupling: a tribute to Raymond Stora

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    Duval, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The Bargmann-Michel-Telegdi equations describing the motions of a spinning, charged, relativistic particle endowed with an anomalous magnetic moment in an electromagnetic field, are reconsidered. They are shown to duly stem from the linearization of the characteristic distribution of a pre-symplectic structure refining the original one of Souriau. In this model, once specialized to the case of a static electric-like field, the angular momentum and energy given by the associated moment map now correctly restore the spin-orbit coupling term. This is the state-of-the-art of unfinished joint work with Raymond Stora.

  4. Analysis list: Pou5f1 [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available Pou5f1 Embryonic fibroblast,Pluripotent stem cell + mm9 http://dbarchive.bioscience...dbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/target/Pou5f1.1.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/target/Pou5f1.5.tsv h...ttp://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/target/Pou5f1.10.tsv http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Pou5f1....Embryonic_fibroblast.tsv,http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/kyushu-u/mm9/colo/Pou5f1

  5. Electronic structure of {alpha}- and {delta}-Pu from photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Arko, A. J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Joyce, J. J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Morales, L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Wills, J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Lashley, J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Wastin, F. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranic Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76175 Karlsruhe, (Germany); Rebizant, J. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranic Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76175 Karlsruhe, (Germany)

    2000-07-15

    We report photoemission results on {alpha}- and {delta}-Pu using a laser plasma light source (LPLS) as well as He light as the exciting radiation. The LPLS is a pseudocontinuum tunable light source with intensities rivaling some second-generation synchrotrons. Both phases of Pu display a narrow, temperature-independent, 5f-related feature at the Fermi energy, which is narrower in {delta}-Pu than in {alpha}-Pu, suggestive of possible heavy-fermion-like behavior. In both {alpha}-Pu and {delta}-Pu the photon-energy dependence of this feature suggests some 6d admixture, albeit somewhat smaller in {delta}-Pu. In this respect it differs qualitatively from Ce and U heavy fermions. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  6. Rashbon Bound States Associated with a Spherical Spin-Orbit Coupling in an Ultracold Fermi Gas with an s-Wave Interaction

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    Yamaguchi, T.; Inotani, D.; Ohashi, Y.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the formation of rashbon bound states and strong-coupling effects in an ultracold Fermi gas with a spherical spin-orbit interaction, H_so=λ {\\varvec{p}}\\cdot {σ } (where {σ }=(σ _x,σ _y,σ _z) are Pauli matrices). Extending the strong-coupling theory developed by Nozières and Schmitt-Rink (NSR) to include this spin-orbit coupling, we determine the superfluid phase transition temperature T_c, as functions of the strength of a pairing interaction U_s, as well as the spin-orbit coupling strength λ . Evaluating poles of the NSR particle-particle scattering matrix describing fluctuations in the Cooper channel, we clarify the region where rashbon bound states dominate the superfluid phase transition in the U_s-λ phase diagram. Since the antisymmetric spin-orbit interaction H_so breaks the inversion symmetry of the system, rashbon bound states naturally have not only a spin-singlet and even-parity symmetry, but also a spin-triplet and odd-parity symmetry. Thus, our results would be also useful for the study of this parity-mixing effect in the BCS-BEC crossover regime of a spin-orbit coupled Fermi gas.

  7. Bodily tides near the 1:1 spin-orbit resonance: correction to Goldreich's dynamical model

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    Williams, James G.; Efroimsky, Michael

    2012-12-01

    Spin-orbit coupling is often described in an approach known as " the MacDonald torque", which has long become the textbook standard due to its apparent simplicity. Within this method, a concise expression for the additional tidal potential, derived by MacDonald (Rev Geophys 2:467-541, 1994), is combined with a convenient assumption that the quality factor Q is frequency-independent (or, equivalently, that the geometric lag angle is constant in time). This makes the treatment unphysical because MacDonald's derivation of the said formula was, very implicitly, based on keeping the time lag frequency-independent, which is equivalent to setting Q scale as the inverse tidal frequency. This contradiction requires the entire MacDonald treatment of both non-resonant and resonant rotation to be rewritten. The non-resonant case was reconsidered by Efroimsky and Williams (Cel Mech Dyn Astron 104:257-289, 2009), in application to spin modes distant from the major commensurabilities. In the current paper, we continue this work by introducing the necessary alterations into the MacDonald-torque-based model of falling into a 1-to-1 resonance. (The original version of this model was offered by Goldreich (Astron J 71:1-7, 1996). Although the MacDonald torque, both in its original formulation and in its corrected version, is incompatible with realistic rheologies of minerals and mantles, it remains a useful toy model, which enables one to obtain, in some situations, qualitatively meaningful results without resorting to the more rigorous (and complicated) theory of Darwin and Kaula. We first address this simplified model in application to an oblate primary body, with tides raised on it by an orbiting zero-inclination secondary. (Here the role of the tidally-perturbed primary can be played by a satellite, the perturbing secondary being its host planet. A planet may as well be the perturbed primary, its host star acting as the tide-raising secondary). We then extend the model to a

  8. Observation of monolayer valence band spin-orbit effect and induced quantum well states in MoX2

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    Alidoust, Nasser; Bian, Guang; Xu, Su-Yang; Sankar, Raman; Neupane, Madhab; Liu, Chang; Belopolski, Ilya; Qu, Dong-Xia; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2014-08-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted much attention recently due to their potential applications in spintronics and photonics because of the indirect to direct band gap transition and the emergence of the spin-valley coupling phenomenon upon moving from the bulk to monolayer limit. Here, we report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on MoSe2 single crystals and monolayer films of MoS2 grown on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite substrate. Our experimental results resolve the Fermi surface trigonal warping of bulk MoSe2, and provide evidence for the critically important spin-orbit split valence bands of monolayer MoS2. Moreover, we systematically image the formation of quantum well states on the surfaces of these materials, and present a theoretical model to account for these experimental observations. Our findings provide important insights into future applications of transition metal dichalcogenides in nanoelectronics, spintronics and photonics devices as they critically depend on the spin-orbit physics of these materials.

  9. P-wave Lambda N - Sigma N coupling and the spin-orbit splitting of 9 Lambda Be

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    Fujiwara, Y; Suzuki, Y

    2008-01-01

    We reexamine the spin-orbit splitting of 9 Lambda Be excited states in terms of the SU_6 quark-model baryon-baryon interaction. The previous folding procedure to generate the Lambda alpha spin-orbit potential from the quark-model Lambda N LS interaction kernel predicted three to five times larger values for Delta E_{ell s}=E_x(3/2^+)-E_x(5/2^+) in the model FSS and fss2. This time, we calculate Lambda alpha LS Born kernel, starting from the LS components of the nuclear-matter G-matrix for the Lambda hyperon. This framework makes it possible to take full account of an important P-wave Lambda N - Sigma N coupling through the antisymmetric LS^{(-)} force involved in the Fermi-Breit interaction. We find that the experimental value, Delta E^{exp}_{ell s}=43 pm 5 keV, is reproduced by the quark-model G-matrix LS interaction with a Fermi-momentum around k_F=1.0 fm^{-1}, when the model FSS is used in the energy-independent renormalized RGM formalism.

  10. Absence of localization in disordered two-dimensional electron gas at weak magnetic field and strong spin-orbit coupling

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    Su, Ying; Wang, C.; Avishai, Y.; Meir, Yigal; Wang, X. R.

    2016-09-01

    The one-parameter scaling theory of localization predicts that all states in a disordered two-dimensional system with broken time reversal symmetry are localized even in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling. While at constant strong magnetic fields this paradigm fails (recall the quantum Hall effect), it is believed to hold at weak magnetic fields. Here we explore the nature of quantum states at weak magnetic field and strongly fluctuating spin-orbit coupling, employing highly accurate numerical procedure based on level spacing distribution and transfer matrix technique combined with one parameter finite-size scaling hypothesis. Remarkably, the metallic phase, (known to exist at zero magnetic field), persists also at finite (albeit weak) magnetic fields, and eventually crosses over into a critical phase, which has already been confirmed at high magnetic fields. A schematic phase diagram drawn in the energy-magnetic field plane elucidates the occurrence of localized, metallic and critical phases. In addition, it is shown that nearest-level statistics is determined solely by the symmetry parameter β and follows the Wigner surmise irrespective of whether states are metallic or critical.

  11. Wave Function Parity Loss Used to Mitigate Thermal Broadening in Spin-orbit Coupled Zigzag Graphene Analogues

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    Sadi, Mohammad Abdullah; Liang, Gengchiau

    2017-01-01

    Carrier transport through a graphene zigzag nanoribbon (ZNR) is possible to be blocked by a p-n profile implemented along its transport direction. However, we found that in cases of analogous materials with significant intrinsic spin-orbit coupling (SOC), i.e. silicene and germanene, such a profile on ZNR of these materials allows transmission mostly through spin-orbit coupled energy window due to the loss of the parity of wave functions at different energies caused by SOC. Next, a p-i-n scheme on germanene ZNR is proposed to simultaneously permit edge transmission and decimate bulk transmission. The transmission spectrum is shown to mitigate the effect of thermal broadening on germanene and silicene ZNR based spin-separators by improving spin polarization yield by 400% and 785%, respectively, at 300 K. The importance of proper gate voltage and position for such performance is further elucidated. Finally, the modulation the current output of the proposed U-shape p-i-n device while maintaining its spin polarization is discussed. PMID:28091616

  12. Asynchronous Polar BY Cam: the Spin-orbital Synchronization and Variation of Accretion Geometry on the 8-year Time Scale

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    Pavlenko, E.; Andreev, M.; Babina, Y.; Malanushenko, V.

    2013-01-01

    Attempts to estimate the time of a spin-orbital synchronization for asynchronous polar BY Cam have been made many times since 1994 year. However the estimates obtained did not coincide in a wide region, varying from 150 years (Piirola et al. 1994) up to >3500 years (Kafka et al. 2005). We have undertaken photometric observations of BY Cam over 8.1 years (2004 - 2012) and collected an array of data covering 998 hours during 178 nights. Analyzing the data, we have obtained the most reliable estimate of the spin-orbital time synchronization, Ts = 250±20 years, which agrees very well with both Ts = 150- 290 yrs for asynchronous polar V1500 Cyg (Pavlenko & Pelt 1991); (Stockman et al. 1988) and the theoretically predicted Ts < 1000 yr for asynchronous polars as a whole (Andronov 1987). We also found that the accretion stream switches between two dipole magnetic poles and the equatorial magnetic poles during a synodic ˜ 15-d cycle; the number of switching and their phases can be kept during neighbor cycles but varies on a scale of years. Probably this may depend on the phase of the long-term ˜ 1500 day periodicity (Andreev et al. 2012).

  13. Ferromagnetic thickness dependence of current-driven spin-orbit torques in different ferromagnetic and heavy metal bilayers

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    Wu, Jun; Fan, Xin; Wang, Tao; Chen, Yunpeng; Xiao, Q. John

    The spin-orbit torques in ferromagnetic (FM) and heavy metal (HM) bilayers have attracted extensive research interests recently because of the rich physical phenomena and potential applications. We measured the effective fields of field-like torques in Ni/Pt, NiFe/Pt and CoFeB/Pt bilayer systems by the second-order planar Hall effect. When the FM layers are less than 2nm, the effective fields increase rapidly with decreasing the FM layer thickness for all three different FM layers. Among the three FMs, the effective field in Ni is largest, followed by NiFe, then CoFeB. Above 2nm, the effective fields decrease much slower with increasing the FM layer thickness and level off to the Orested field due to the current in the Pt layer. Through FM layer thickness dependence of the field-like torque study, we found that the spin dephasing length in the FM layer, which is related to the scattering in FM layer, plays an important role in determining the magnitude of field-like spin-orbit torque in FM/HM bilayers.

  14. Reduced dimensionality spin-orbit dynamics of CH3 + HCl ⇌ CH4 + Cl on ab initio surfaces.

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    Remmert, Sarah M; Banks, Simon T; Harvey, Jeremy N; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J; Clary, David C

    2011-05-28

    A reduced dimensionality quantum scattering method is extended to the study of spin-orbit nonadiabatic transitions in the CH(3) + HCl ⇌ CH(4) + Cl((2)P(J)) reaction. Three two-dimensional potential energy surfaces are developed by fitting a 29 parameter double-Morse function to CCSD(T)/IB//MP2/cc-pV(T+d)Z-dk ab initio data; interaction between surfaces is described by geometry-dependent spin-orbit coupling functions fit to MCSCF/cc-pV(T+d)Z-dk ab initio data. Spectator modes are treated adiabatically via inclusion of curvilinear projected frequencies. The total scattering wave function is expanded in a vibronic basis set and close-coupled equations are solved via R-matrix propagation. Ground state thermal rate constants for forward and reverse reactions agree well with experiment. Multi-surface reaction probabilities, integral cross sections, and initial-state selected branching ratios all highlight the importance of vibrational energy in mediating nonadiabatic transition. Electronically excited state dynamics are seen to play a small but significant role as consistent with experimental conclusions.

  15. Spin-orbit alignments for Three Transiting Hot Jupiters: WASP-103b, WASP-87b, & WASP-66b

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    Addison, B C; Wright, D J; Bayliss, D

    2016-01-01

    We have measured the sky-projected spin-orbit alignments for three transiting Hot Jupiters, WASP-103b, WASP-87b, and WASP-66b, using spectroscopic measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect, with the CYCLOPS2 optical-fiber bundle system feeding the UCLES spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The resulting sky projected spin-orbit angles of $\\lambda = 3^{\\circ}\\pm33^{\\circ}$, $\\lambda = -8^{\\circ}\\pm11^{\\circ}$, and $\\lambda = -4^{\\circ}\\pm22^{\\circ}$ for WASP-103b, WASP-87b, and WASP-66b, respectively, suggest that these three planets are likely on nearly aligned orbits with respect to their host star's spin axis. WASP-103 is a particularly interesting system as its orbital distance is only 20% larger than its host star's Roche radius and the planet likely experiences strong tidal effects. WASP-87 and WASP-66 are hot ($T_{eff}=6450\\pm120$ K and $T_{eff}=6600\\pm150$ K, respectively) mid-F stars making them similar to the majority of stars hosting planets on high obliquity orbits. Moderate spin-or...

  16. Dynamical evolution and spin-orbit resonances of potentially habitable exoplanets. The case of GJ 667C

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    Makarov, Valeri V

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the dynamical evolution of the potentially habitable super-earth GJ 667Cc in the multiple system of at least two exoplanets orbiting a nearby M dwarf, paying special attention to its spin-orbital state. The published radial velocities for this star are re-analyzed and evidence is found for additional periodic signals, which could be taken for two additional planets on eccentric orbits. Such systems are not dynamically viable and break up quickly in numerical integrations. Limiting the scope to the two originally detected planets, we assess the dynamical stability of the system and find no evidence for bounded chaos in the orbital motion. The orbital eccentricity of the planets b and c is found to change cyclicly in the range 0.06 - 0.28 and 0.05 - 0.25, respectively, with a period of approximately 0.46 yr. Taking the eccentricity variation into account, numerical integrations are performed of the differential equations modeling the spin-orbit interaction of the planet GJ 667Cc with its host sta...

  17. Nonlinear optical properties of a three-electron quantum dot with account of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction

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    Hassanabadi, Hassan, E-mail: h.hasanabadi@shahroodut.ac.ir [Physics Department, Shahrood University of Technology, P.O. Box 3619995161-316, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rahimov, Hamed [Physics Department, Shahrood University of Technology, P.O. Box 3619995161-316, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Lu Liangliang [Department of Physics, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wang Chao [Institute of Public Administration, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2012-05-15

    In this study, a detailed investigation of the nonlinear optical properties such as optical absorption and refractive index change associated with intersubband transitions in a three-electron quantum dot in two dimensions in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction has been carried out. We present the exact wave functions and energy levels of the system. Numerical results on typical GaAs/AlGaAs materials show that the decrease of the quantum dot radius blueshifts and amplifies the absorption coefficients as well as the refractive index changes, as expected. Additionally, an increase of the optical intensity and relaxation time considerably changes the absorption coefficients and the refractive index changes. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We consider a three-electron quantum dot in 2D in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We present the exact wave functions and energy levels of the system. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We apply this model for GaAs/AlGaAs materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The detailed nonlinear optical properties have been investigated.

  18. Spin-Tunneling Time in Ferromagnetic/Semiconductor/Ferromagnetic Three-Terminal Heterojunction in the Presence of Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    ZHANG Ying-Tao; XIE Zun; LI You-Cheng

    2006-01-01

    We study theoretically the transmission coefficients and the spin-tunneling time in ferromagnetic/semiconductor/ferromagnetic three-terminal heterojunction in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit interaction, in which onedimensional quantum waveguide theory is developed and applied. Based on the group velocity concept and the particle current conservation principle, we calculate the spin-tunneling time as the function of the intensity of Rashba spin-orbit coupling and the length of the semiconductor. We find that as the length of the semiconductor increases, the spintunneling time does not increase linearly but shows behavior of slight oscillation. Furthermore, with the increasing of the spin-orbit coupling, the spin-tunneling time increases.

  19. The influence of the Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling on the tunnelling magnetoresistance in ferromagnet/insulator /semiconductor/ insulator /ferromagnet tunnel junctions

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    Wang Xiao-Hua; An Xing-Tao; Liu Jian-Jun

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigates the effect of Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling on the spin-transport properties of ferro-magnet/insulator/semiconductor/iusulator/ferromagnet double-barrier structures. The influence of the thickness of the insulator between the ferromagnct and the semiconductor on the polarization is also considered. The obtained results indicate that (I) the polarization can be enhanced by reducing the insulator layers at zero temperature, and (ii) the tunnelling magnctoresistance inversion can be illustrated by the influence of the Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling effect in the double-barrier structure. Due to the Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling effect, the tunnelling magnetoresistance inversion occurs when the energy of a localized state in the barrier matches the Fermi energy EF of the ferromagnetic electrodes.

  20. Quantifying the importance of orbital over spin correlations in delta-Pu within density-functional theory

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    Soderlind, P; Wolfer, W

    2007-07-27

    Spin and orbital and electron correlations are known to be important when treating the high-temperature {delta} phase of plutonium within the framework of density-functional theory (DFT). One of the more successful attempts to model {delta}-Pu within this approach has included condensed-matter generalizations of Hund's three rules for atoms, i.e., spin polarization, orbital polarization, and spin-orbit coupling. Here they perform a quantitative analysis of these interactions relative rank for the bonding and electronic structure in {delta}-Pu within the DFT model. The result is somewhat surprising in that spin-orbit coupling and orbital polarization are far more important than spin polarization for a realistic description of {delta}-Pu. They show that these orbital correlations on their own, without any formation of magnetic spin moments, can account for the low atomic density of the {delta} phase with a reasonable equation-of-state. In addition, this unambiguously non-magnetic (NM) treatment produces a one-electron spectra with resonances close to the Fermi level consistent with experimental valence band photoemission spectra.