Volume 88, Number 1, October 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||16 October 2009|
Enhanced Rashba effect for hole states in a quantum dot
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Canada R3T 2N2
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 17 September 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.
PACS: 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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