Theory of spin injection in two-dimensional metals with proximity-induced spin-orbit coupling

Yu Hsuan Lin, Chunli Huang, Manuel Offidani, Aires Ferreira, Miguel A. Cazalilla

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Spin injection is a powerful experimental probe into a wealth of nonequilibrium spin-dependent phenomena displayed by materials with sizable spin-orbit interactions. Here, we present a theory of coupled spin-charge diffusive transport in spin-valve devices built from two-dimensional materials. The formalism takes into account realistic spin-orbit effects with both spatially uniform and random components in van der Waals materials arising from the interfacial breaking of inversion symmetry. The various charge-to-spin conversion mechanisms known to be present in diffusive metals, including the spin Hall effect and several mechanisms contributing to current-induced spin polarization are accounted for. Our analysis shows that the dominant conversion mechanisms can be discerned by analyzing the nonlocal resistance of the spin valve for different polarizations of the injected spins and as a function of the applied in-plane magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245424
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 19 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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