Sunday, July 1, 2012

1206.6503 (Marek Rataj et al.)

Graphene p-n junctions with nonuniform Rashba spin-orbit coupling    [PDF]

Marek Rataj, Józef Barnaś

Linear conductance of graphene-based p-n junctions with Rashba spin-orbit coupling is considered theoretically. A square potential step is used to model the junctions, while the coupling is introduced in terms of the Kane-Mele model (C.L. Kane and E.J. Mele, Phys.Rev.Lett. 95, 226801(2005)). The main objective is a description of electronic transport in junctions where Rashba parameter is nonuniform. Such a nonuniformity can appear when graphene is asymmetrically covered with atomic layers, or when Rashba coupling is strongly dependent on electric field. It is shown that conductance is significantly modified by the considered nonuniformity, which is most clearly manifested by an anomalous minimum at a certain potential step height.

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