Spin polarization at semiconductor point contacts in absence of magnetic field

Mikio Eto, Tetsuya Hayashi, Yuji Kurotani

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Semiconductor point contacts can be a useful tool for producing spin-polarized currents in the presence of spin-orbit (SO) interaction. Neither magnetic fields nor magnetic materials are required. By numerical studies, we show that (i) the conductance is quantized in units of 2e2/h unless the SO interaction is too strong, (ii) the current is spin-polarized in the transverse direction, and (iii) a spin polarization of more than 50% can be realized with experimentally accessible values of the SO interaction strength. The spin-polarization ratio is determined by the adiabaticity of the transition between subbands of different spins during the transport through the point contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1934-1937
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul


  • Conductance quantization
  • Landau-Zener
  • Point contact
  • Rashba
  • Spin filter
  • Spin-orbit interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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