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Title: Spin transport in helical biological systems

Motivated by the recent experimental demonstration of spin selective effects in monolayers of double-stranded DNA oligomers, our work presents a minimal model to describe electron transmission through helical fields. Our model highlight that the lack of inversion symmetry due to the chirality of the potential is a key factor which will lead to a high spin-polarization (SP). We also study the stability of the SP against fluctuations of the electronic structure induced by static disorder affecting the on-site energies. In the energy regions where the spin-filtering occurs, our results remain stable against moderate disorders although the SP is slightly reduced.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. GISC, Departamento de Física de Materiales, Universidad Complutense, E-28040 Madrid (Spain)
  2. Institute for Materials Science, Dresden University of Technology, 01062 Dresden (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22308258
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1610; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: TIDS15: 15. international conference on transport in interacting disordered systems, Sant Feliu de Guixols (Spain), 1-5 Sep 2013; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; DNA; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; ELECTRONS; POTENTIALS; SPIN; SPIN ORIENTATION