Volume 88, Number 1, October 2009
Article Number 17003
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 16 October 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 17003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/17003

Enhanced Rashba effect for hole states in a quantum dot

A. Manaselyan and T. Chakraborty

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Canada R3T 2N2

received 14 July 2009; accepted in final form 17 September 2009; published October 2009
published online 16 October 2009

The effect of Rashba spin-orbit (SO) interaction on the hole states in a quantum dot is studied in the presence of an external magnetic field. We demonstrate here that the Rashba SO coupling has a profound effect on the energy spectrum of the holes revealing level repulsions between the states with the same total momentum. We also show that the resulting spin-orbit gap is much larger than the corresponding one for the electron energy levels in a quantum dot. Inter-hole interactions only marginally reduce the spin-orbit gap. This enhanced Rashba effect would manifest itself in the tuneling current which depends on the spin-orbit coupling strength.

73.21.La - Quantum dots.
71.70.Ej - Spin-orbit coupling, Zeeman and Stark splitting, Jahn-Teller effect.
75.75.+a - Magnetic properties of nanostructures.

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