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Spin selective transport in chiral systems

Rafael Gutierrez, Thomas Brumme, Gianaurelio Cuniberti

DPG Frühjahrstagung der Sektion Kondensierte Materie (SKM)

2013.03.13; Regensburg, Germany

Recent experiments have demonstrated that the transmission of electrons through layers of chiral molecules can be strongly spin-dependent [1,2]. Here, we extend a previous model [3] to discuss the interrelation between the observed effect and the presence of a spin-orbit coupling interaction induced by helical electrostatic fields. Hereby, we present a minimal model Hamiltonian based on a representation of the Schroedinger equation on a helical pathway and discuss the influence of several parameters on the spin polarization. Complementary to it, full 3D wave packet propagation is discussed in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. Our results suggest that a spin polarization can be induced as a result of the symmetry of the system. However, it appears that a full 3D description of the problem may be necessary.

[1] B. Goehler, V. Hamelbeck, T. Z. Markus, M. Kettner, G. F. Hanne, Z. Vager, R. Naaman, H. Zacharias, Science 331, 894 (2011)
[2] Z. Xie, T. Z. Markus, S. R. Cohen, Z. Vager, R. Gutierrez, R. Naaman, Nano Letters 11, 4652 (2011)
[3] R. Gutierrez, E. Diaz, R. Naaman, G. Cuniberti, Phys. Rev. B 85,081404(R) (2012)

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