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Title: Polarized spin and valley transport across ferromagnetic silicene junctions

We study ballistic transport of Dirac fermions through silicene barriers, of width d, with an exchange field M and metallic gates above them that provide tunable potentials of height U. Away from the Dirac point (DP), the spin- and valley-resolved conductances, as functions of U, exhibit resonances and close to it a pronounced dip that becomes a transport gap when an appropriate electric field E{sub z} is applied. The charge conductance g{sub c} of such a junction changes from oscillatory to a monotonically decreasing function of d beyond a critical E{sub z}. This change of g{sub c} can be used to realize electric-field-controlled switching. The field M splits each resonance of g{sub c} in two spin-resolved peaks. The spin p{sub s} and valley p{sub v} polarizations of the current near the DP increase with E{sub z} or M and become nearly perfect above certain of their values. We also show that p{sub s} and p{sub v} can be inverted either by reversing the polarity of U or the direction of M. For two barriers, there is no splitting in g{sub c} when the fields M are in opposite directions. Most of these phenomena have no analogs in graphene.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, Québec H4B 1R6 (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413216
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; DIFFUSION BARRIERS; ELECTRIC CONTACTS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; FERMIONS; FERROMAGNETIC MATERIALS; FERROMAGNETISM; GRAPHENE; POLARIZATION; POTENTIALS; RESONANCE; SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTIONS; SILICENE; SPIN