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Spin-dependent transport of electrons in the presence of smooth lateral barrier and spin-orbit interaction

Authors
  • Govorov, A. O.
  • Kalameitsev, A. V.
  • Dulka, J. P.
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Jul 06, 2004
Submission Date
Jul 06, 2004
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.245310
arXiv ID: cond-mat/0407126
Source
arXiv
License
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Abstract

We describe theoretically the process of multi-beam reflection in a two-dimensional electron system with a lateral potential barrier. Due to spin-orbital interaction, the reflection process leads to the formation of three beams with different spin polarizations. The efficiency of spin conversion can become small for smooth lateral barriers. Nevertheless, we demonstrate that the spin-conversion effect remains strong for realistic lithographical potentials and spin-orbit interactions in etched lateral nano-structures. The system with a lateral barrier suggests useful applications as a spin-filtering device. The expected quasi-classical adiabatic behavior without spin conversion is found in the system with a very strong spin-orbit interaction. We also consider the quasi-classical motion of electrons in a system with boundaries in a magnetic field and two magnetic focusing geometries.

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