Volume 86, Number 6, June 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||09 July 2009|
Orbital magnetic phase and pure persistent spin current in spin-orbit coupling mesoscopic rings
State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Material and Technology and School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University - Guangzhou, 510275, PRC
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 2 June 2009
By solving the Rashba model of mesoscopic rings, we give analytically the ground-state properties of the ring, including the spin polarization, the persistent charge and spin currents (PCC and PSC). These ground-state properties can be given based on four kinds of electron numbers in rings. The effect of the self-inductance of the ring leads to the self-sustained magnetic flux (SSMF) and the self-sustained PCC and PSC, which break spontaneously time-reversal symmetry to form orbital magnetic phase (OMP). To tune the spin-orbit coupling strength or electron number of the ring can induce the phase transition between the OMP and non-OMP. For exact one-dimensional rings we find the coexistence of the pure PSC and SSMF. This property of the pure PSC may provide a new scheme to measure the pure PSC.
PACS: 72.10.Bg – General formulation of transport theory / 72.25.Dc – Spin polarized transport in semiconductors
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