Stability of spintronic devices based on quantum ring networks

P. Földi, Orsolya Kálmán, F. M. Peeters

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Abstract

Transport properties in mesoscopic networks are investigated, where the strength of the (Rashba-type) spin-orbit coupling is tuned with external gate voltages. We analyze in detail to what extent the ideal behavior and functionality of some promising network-based devices are modified by random (spin-dependent) scattering events and by thermal fluctuations. It is found that although the functionality of these devices is obviously based on the quantum coherence of the transmitted electrons, there is a certain stability: moderate level of errors can be tolerated. For mesoscopic networks made of typical semiconductor materials, we found that when the energy distribution of the input carriers is narrow enough, the devices can operate close to their ideal limits even at relatively high temperature. As an example, we present results for two different networks: one that realizes a Stern-Gerlach device and another that simulates a spin quantum walker. Finally we propose a simple network that can act as a narrow band energy filter even in the presence of random scatterers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125324
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume80
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 21 2009

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Band structure
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energy distribution
transport properties
Hot Temperature
orbits
filters
electric potential
electrons

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Stability of spintronic devices based on quantum ring networks. / Földi, P.; Kálmán, Orsolya; Peeters, F. M.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 80, No. 12, 125324, 21.09.2009.

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