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Efficient spin filter using multi-terminal quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction

Tomohiro Yokoyama* and Mikio Eto

Author Affiliations

Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522, Japan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:436  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-436

Published: 22 June 2011

Abstract

We propose a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot with spin-orbit interaction. First, we formulate the spin Hall effect (SHE) in a quantum dot connected to three leads. We show that the SHE is significantly enhanced by the resonant tunneling if the level spacing in the quantum dot is smaller than the level broadening. We stress that the SHE is tunable by changing the tunnel coupling to the third lead. Next, we perform a numerical simulation for a multi-terminal spin filter using a quantum dot fabricated on semiconductor heterostructures. The spin filter shows an efficiency of more than 50% when the conditions for the enhanced SHE are satisfied.

PACS numbers: 72.25.Dc,71.70.Ej,73.63.Kv,85.75.-d