Microscopic theory of diffusive spin current with spin-orbit interaction

Kazuhiro Hosono, Akinobu Yamaguchi, Yukio Nozaki, Gen Tatara

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We present the diagrammatic calculation of the spin current in the presence of the spin-orbit interaction due to impurity and electromagnetic field. By considering the vertex corrections for the normal impurity and the spin-orbit interaction, we derive both the field-driven and diffusion part of the spin current with side-jump and skew-scattering contributions. We found an alternative source of the spin-density generation, given by ×A•, where A is an electromagnetic vector potential. This generation mechanism is distinct from the conventional spin accumulation one, given by •A•.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144428
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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