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Title: Perfect spin-valley filter controlled by electric field in ferromagnetic silicene

The spin-valley currents in silicene-based normal/sublattice-dependent ferromagnetic/normal junction are investigated. Unlike that in graphene, the pseudo Dirac mass in silicene is generated by spin-orbit interaction and tunable by applying electric or exchange fields into it. This is due to silicon-based honeycomb lattice having buckled structure. As a result, it is found that the junction leads to currents perfectly split into four groups, spin up (down) in k- and k{sup ′}-valleys, when applying different values of the electric field, considered as a perfect spin-valley polarization (PSVP) for electronic application. The PSVP is due to the interplay of spin-valley-dependent Dirac mass and chemical potential in the barrier. The PSVP also occurs only for the energy comparable to the spin-orbit energy gap. This work reveals potential of silicene for spinvalleytronics applications.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22271255
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DIFFUSION BARRIERS; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ENERGY GAP; FERROMAGNETIC MATERIALS; FERROMAGNETISM; GRAPHENE; L-S COUPLING; POLARIZATION; POTENTIALS; SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTIONS; SILICON