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Photo-spintronics of spin-orbit active electric weak links

Journal article
Authors Robert I. Shekhter
O. Entin-Wohlman
Mats Jonson
A. Aharony
Published in Low Temperature Physics
Volume 43
Issue 8
Pages 910-913
ISSN 1063-777X
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Pages 910-913
Language en
Keywords circularly polarized-light, Physics
Subject categories Physical Sciences


We show that a carbon nanotube can serve as a functional electric weak link performing photo-spintronic transduction. A spin current, facilitated by strong spin-orbit interactions in the nanotube and not accompanied by a charge current, is induced in a device containing the nanotube weak link by circularly polarized microwaves. Nanomechanical tuning of the photo-spintronic transduction can be achieved due to the sensitivity of the spinorbit interaction to geometrical deformations of the weak link. Published by AIP Publishing.

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