Europhys. Lett.
Volume 67, Number 3, August 2004
Page(s) 432 - 438
Section Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
Published online 01 July 2004
Europhys. Lett., 67 (3), pp. 432-438 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10079-7

Kondo correlation and spin-flip scattering in spin-dependent transport through a quantum dot coupled to ferromagnetic leads

Jing Ma and X. L. Lei

Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiaotong University 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai 200030, PRC

(Received 6 March 2004; accepted in final form 25 May 2004)

We investigate the linear and nonlinear dc transport through an interacting quantum dot connected to two ferromagnetic electrodes around Kondo regime with spin-flip scattering in the dot. Using a slave-boson mean-field approach for the Anderson Hamiltonian having finite on-site Coulomb repulsion, we find that a spin-flip scattering always depresses the Kondo correlation at arbitrary polarization strength in both parallel and antiparallel alignment of the lead magnetization and that it effectively reinforces the tunneling-related conductance in the antiparallel configuration. For systems deep in the Kondo regime, the zero-bias single Kondo peak in the differential conductance is split into two peaks by the intradot spin-flip scattering; while for systems somewhat further from the Kondo center, the spin-flip process in the dot may turn the zero-bias anomaly into a three-peak structure.

72.15.Qm - Scattering mechanisms and Kondo effect.
73.23.Hk - Coulomb blockade; single-electron tunneling.

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