We provide a theoretical framework for the electric field control of the electron spin in systems with diffusive electron motion. The approach is valid in the experimentally important case where both intrinsic and extrinsic spin-orbit interaction in a two-dimensional electron gas are present simultaneously. Surprisingly, even when the extrinsic mechanism is the dominant driving force for spin Hall currents, the amplitude of the spin Hall conductivity may be considerably tuned by varying the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling via a gate voltage. Furthermore we provide an explanation for the mechanism giving rise to the experimentally observed out-of-plane spin polarization in a (110) GaAs quantum well.

Raimondi, R., Schwab, P. (2009). Tuning the Spin Hall Effect in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas. EUROPHYSICS LETTERS, 87, 37008 [10.1209/0295-5075/87/37008].

Tuning the Spin Hall Effect in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas

RAIMONDI, Roberto;
2009-01-01

Abstract

We provide a theoretical framework for the electric field control of the electron spin in systems with diffusive electron motion. The approach is valid in the experimentally important case where both intrinsic and extrinsic spin-orbit interaction in a two-dimensional electron gas are present simultaneously. Surprisingly, even when the extrinsic mechanism is the dominant driving force for spin Hall currents, the amplitude of the spin Hall conductivity may be considerably tuned by varying the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling via a gate voltage. Furthermore we provide an explanation for the mechanism giving rise to the experimentally observed out-of-plane spin polarization in a (110) GaAs quantum well.
Raimondi, R., Schwab, P. (2009). Tuning the Spin Hall Effect in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas. EUROPHYSICS LETTERS, 87, 37008 [10.1209/0295-5075/87/37008].
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