Volume 88, Number 5, December 2009
Article Number 58001
Number of page(s) 5
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 11 December 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 58001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/58001

Charge and spin Hall effect in graphene with magnetic impurities

K.-H. Ding1, Z.-G. Zhu2 and J. Berakdar2

1   Department of Physics and Electronic Science, Changsha University of Science and Technology Changsha 410076, China
2   Institut für Physik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg - Heinrich-Damerow-St. 4, 06120 Halle, Germany, EU

received 8 October 2009; accepted in final form 10 November 2009; published December 2009
published online 11 December 2009

We point out the existence of finite charge and spin Hall conductivities of graphene in the presence of a spin orbit interaction (SOI) and localized magnetic impurities. The SOI in graphene results in different transverse forces on the two spin channels yielding the spin Hall current. The magnetic scatterers act as spin-dependent barriers, and in combination with the SOI effect lead to a charge imbalance at the boundaries. As indicated here, the charge and spin Hall effects should be observable in graphene by changing the chemical potential close to the gap.

81.05.Uw - Carbon, diamond, graphite.
75.47.-m - Magnetotransport phenomena; materials for magnetotransport.
85.75.-d - Magnetoelectronics; spintronics: devices exploiting spin polarized transport or integrated magnetic fields.

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