Spin-orbit induced interference of ballistic electrons in polygon structures

Marc J. Van Veenhuizen, Takaaki Koga, Junsaku Nitta

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We investigate the spin-orbit induced spin-interference pattern of ballistic electrons traveling along any regular polygon. It is found that the spin interference depends strongly on the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit constants as well as on the sidelength and alignment of the polygon. We derive the analytical formulas for the limiting cases of either zero Dresselhaus or zero Rashba spin-orbit coupling, including the result obtained for a circle. We calculate the nonzero Dresselhaus and Rashba case numerically for the square, triangle, hexagon, and circle and discuss the observability of the spin interference which can potentially be used to measure the Rashba and Dresselhaus coefficients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235315
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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