Volume 82, Number 6, June 2008
Article Number 67005
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 05 June 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 67005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/67005

Magneto-spin Hall conductivity of a two-dimensional electron gas

M. Milletarì1, R. Raimondi1 and P. Schwab2

1  CNISM and Dipartimento di Fisica "E. Amaldi", Università Roma Tre - via della Vasca Navale 84, 00146 Roma, Italy, EU
2  Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg - 86135 Augsburg, Germany, EU

received 11 January 2008; accepted in final form 22 April 2008; published June 2008
published online 5 June 2008

It is shown that the interplay of long-range disorder and in-plane magnetic field gives rise to an out-of-plane spin polarization and a finite spin Hall conductivity of the two-dimensional electron gas in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling. A key aspect is provided by the electric-field$\hbox{--} $induced in-plane spin polarization. Our results are obtained first in the clean limit where the spin-orbit splitting is much larger than the disorder broadening of the energy levels via the diagrammatic evaluation of the Kubo formula. Then the results are shown to hold in the full range of the disorder parameter $\alpha$ pF$\tau $ by means of the quasiclassical Green function technique.

72.25.Dc - Spin polarized transport in semiconductors.
72.25.Rb - Spin relaxation and scattering.
72.10.Fk - Scattering by point defects, dislocations, surfaces, and other imperfections (including Kondo effect).

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