Highly efficient induction of spin polarization by circularly polarized electromagnetic waves in the Rashba spin-orbit systems

Masahito Mochizuki, Keisuke Ihara, Jun Ichiro Ohe, Akihito Takeuchi

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    Abstract

    We theoretically demonstrate that a rotating electric-field component of circularly polarized microwaves or terahertz light can induce electron-spin polarization within a few picoseconds in a two-dimensional electron system with the Rashba spin-orbit interaction by taking advantage of magnetoelectric coupling. The efficiency turns out to be several orders of magnitude greater than that of conventional methods, indicating high potential of this technique in future spintronics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number122401
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Volume112
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 19

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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