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ABSTRACT: We study spin relaxation in dilute magnetic semiconductors near a ferromagnetic transition, where spin fluctuations become strong. An enhancement in the scattering rate of itinerant carriers from the spin fluctuations of localized impurities leads to a change in the dominant spin relaxation mechanism from DyakonovPerel to spin flips in scattering. On the ferromagnetic side of the transition, we show that due to the presence of two magnetic components  the itinerant carriers and the magnetic impurities  with different gyromagnetic ratios, the relaxation rate of the total magnetization can be quite different from the relaxation rate of the spin. Following a disturbance of the equilibrium magnetization, the spin is initially redistributed between the two components to restore the equilibrium magnetization. It is only on a longer time scale, controlled by the spinorbit interaction, that the total spin itself relaxes to its equilibrium state.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The WiedemannFranz law, connecting the electronic thermal conductivity to the electrical conductivity of a disordered metal, is generally found to be well satisfied even when electronelectron (ee) interactions are strong. In ultraclean conductors in the hydrodynamic regime, however, large deviations from the standard form of the law are expected, due to the fact that ee interactions affect the two conductivities in radically different ways. Thus, the standard WiedemannFranz ratio between the thermal and the electric conductivity is reduced by a factor 1+τ/τ_{th}^{ee}, where 1/τ is the momentum relaxation rate and τ_{th}^{ee} is the relaxation time of the thermal current due to ee collisions. Here we study the density and temperature dependence of 1/τ_{th}^{ee} of twodimensional electron liquids. We show that at low temperature 1/τ_{th}^{ee} is 8/5 of the quasiparticle decay rate; remarkably, the same result is found in doped graphene and in conventional electron liquids in parabolic bands.Physical Review Letters 07/2015; 115(5):056603. · 7.51 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The localized HartreeFock potential has proven to be a computationally efficient alternative to the optimized effective potential, preserving the numerical accuracy of the latter and respecting the exact properties of being selfinteraction free and having the correct −1/r asymptotics. In this paper we extend the localized HartreeFock potential to fractional particle numbers and observe that it yields derivative discontinuities in the energy as required by the exact theory. The discontinuities are numerically close to those of the computationally more demanding HartreeFock method. Our potential enjoys a “directenergy” property, whereby the energy of the system is given by the sum of the singleparticle eigenvalues multiplied by the corresponding occupation numbers. The discontinuities c ↑ and c ↓ of the spincomponents of the potential at integer particle numbers N ↑ and N ↓ satisfy the condition c ↑ N ↑ + c ↓ N ↓ = 0. Thus, joining the family of effective potentials which support a derivative discontinuity, but being considerably easier to implement, the localized HartreeFock potential becomes a powerful tool in the broad area of applications in which the fundamental gap is an issue.The Journal of Chemical Physics 07/2015; 143(6). DOI:10.1063/1.4928514 · 2.95 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: It is well known that a current driven through a twodimensional electron gas with Rashba spinorbit coupling induces a spin polarization in the perpendicular direction (Edelstein effect). This phenomenon has been extensively studied in the linear response regime, i.e., when the average drift velocity of the electrons is a small fraction of the Fermi velocity. Here we investigate the phenomenon in the nonlinear regime, meaning that the average drift velocity is comparable to, or exceeds the Fermi velocity. This regime is realized when the electric field is very large, or when electronimpurity scattering is very weak. The quantum kinetic equation for the density matrix of noninteracting electrons is exactly and analytically solvable, reducing to a problem of spin dynamics for "unpaired" electrons near the Fermi surface. The crucial parameter is $\gamma=eEL_s/E_F$, where $E$ is the electric field, $e$ is the absolute value of the electron charge, $E_F$ is the Fermi energy, and $L_s = \hbar/(2m\alpha)$ is the spinprecession length in the Rashba spinorbit field with coupling strength $\alpha$. If $\gamma\ll1$ the evolution of the spin is adiabatic, resulting in a spin polarization that grows monotonically in time and eventually saturates at the maximum value $n(\alpha/v_F)$, where $n$ is the electron density and $v_F$ is the Fermi velocity. If $\gamma \gg 1$ the evolution of the spin becomes strongly nonadiabatic and the spin polarization is progressively reduced, and eventually suppressed for $\gamma\to \infty$. We also predict an inverse nonlinear Edelstein effect, in which an electric current is driven by a magnetic field that grows linearly in time. The "conductivities" for the direct and the inverse effect satisfy generalized Onsager reciprocity relations, which reduce to the standard ones in the linear response regime.  Physical Review B 06/2015; 91(23). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.239904 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Hydrodynamic flow occurs in an electron liquid when the mean free path for electronelectron collisions is the shortest length scale in the problem. In this regime, transport is described by the NavierStokes equation, which contains two fundamental parameters, the bulk and shear viscosities. In this Article we present extensive results for these transport coefficients in the case of the twodimensional massless Dirac fermion liquid in a doped graphene sheet. Our approach relies on microscopic calculations of the viscosities up to second order in the strength of electronelectron interactions and in the highfrequency limit, where perturbation theory is applicable. We then use simple interpolation formulae that allow to reach the lowfrequency hydrodynamic regime where perturbation theory is no longer directly applicable. The key ingredient for the interpolation formulae is the "viscosity transport time" $\tau_{\rm v}$, which we calculate in this Article. The transverse nature of the excitations contributing to $\tau_{\rm v}$ leads to the suppression of scattering events with small momentum transfer, which are inherently longitudinal. Therefore, contrary to the quasiparticle lifetime, which goes as $1/[T^2 \ln(T/T_{\rm F})]$, in the low temperature limit we find $\tau_{\rm v} \sim 1/T^2$.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We study the collective charge excitations (plasmons) in spin polarized graphene, and derive explicit expressions for their dispersion in the undamped regime. From this, we are able to calculate the critical wave vector beyond which the plasmon enters the electronhole continuum, its quality factor decreasing sharply. We find that the value of the critical wave vector is strongly spin polarizationdependent, in a way that has no analogue in ordinary twodimensional electron gases. The origin of this effect is in the coupling between the plasmon and the interband electronhole pairs of the minority spin carriers. We show that the effect is robust with respect to the inclusion of disorder and we suggest that it can be exploited to experimentally determine the spin polarization of graphene.Physical Review B 05/2015; 91(24). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.245407 · 3.74 Impact Factor 
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ABSTRACT: In a bilayer consisting of an insulator (I) and a ferromagnetic metal (FM), interfacial spin orbit scattering leads to spin mixing of the two conducting channels of the FM, which results in an unconventional anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR). We theoretically investigate the magnetotransport in such bilayer structures by solving the spinor Boltzmann transport equation with generalized FuchsSondheimer boundary condition that takes into account the effect of spin orbit scattering at the interface. We find that the new AMR exhibits a peculiar angular dependence which can serve as a genuine experimental signature. We also determine the dependence of the AMR on film thickness as well as spin polarization of the FM.Physical Review B 04/2015; 92(2). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.024412 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Graphene plasmons were predicted to possess ultrastrong field confinement and very low damping at the same time, enabling new classes of devices for deep subwavelength metamaterials, singlephoton nonlinearities, extraordinarily strong lightmatter interactions and nanooptoelectronic switches. While all of these great prospects require low damping, thus far strong plasmon damping was observed, with both impurity scattering and manybody effects in graphene proposed as possible explanations. With the advent of van der Waals heterostructures, new methods have been developed to integrate graphene with other atomically flat materials. In this letter we exploit nearfield microscopy to image propagating plasmons in high quality graphene encapsulated between two films of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). We determine dispersion and particularly plasmon damping in real space. We find unprecedented low plasmon damping combined with strong field confinement, and identify the main damping channels as intrinsic thermal phonons in the graphene and dielectric losses in the hBN. The observation and indepth understanding of low plasmon damping is the key for the development of graphene nanophotonic and nanooptoelectronic devices.Nature Material 04/2015; 14(4):421425. DOI:10.1038/nmat4169 · 36.50 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We explore the collective density oscillations of a collection of charged massive Dirac particles, in one, two and three dimensions and their one dimensional superlattice. We calculate the long wavelength limit of the dynamical polarization function analytically, and use the random phase approximation to obtain the plasmon dispersion. The density dependence of the long wavelength plasmon frequency in massive Dirac systems is found to be different as compared to systems with parabolic, and gapless Dirac dispersion. We also calculate the long wavelength plasmon dispersion of a 1d metamaterial made from 1d and 2d massive Dirac plasma. Our analytical results will be useful for exploring the use of massive Dirac materials as electrostatically tunable plasmonic metamaterials and can be experimentally verified by infrared spectroscopy as in the case of graphene [Nat. Nanotechnol. 6, 630 (2011)].Physical Review B 02/2015; 91:205426. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.205426 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We explore the collective density oscillations of a collection of charged massive Dirac particles, in one, two and three dimensions and their one dimensional superlattice. We calculate the long wavelength limit of the dynamical polarization function analytically, and use the random phase approximation to obtain the plasmon dispersion. The density dependence of the long wavelength plasmon frequency in massive Dirac systems is found to be different as compared to systems with parabolic, and gapless Dirac dispersion. We also calculate the long wavelength plasmon dispersion of a 1d metamaterial made from 1d and 2d massive Dirac plasma. Our analytical results will be useful for exploring the use of massive Dirac materials as electrostatically tunable plasmonic metamaterials and can be experimentally verified by infrared spectroscopy as in the case of graphene [Nat. Nanotechnol. 6, 630 (2011)].  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We analyze the effect known as "spin current swapping" due to electronimpurity scattering in a twodimensional electron gas. In this effect a primary spin current $J_i^a$ (lower index for spatial direction, upper index for spin direction) generates a secondary spin current $J_a^i$ if $i \neq a$, or $J_j^j$ with $j\ne i$ if $i= a$. By employing microscopic diagrammatic calculations, as well as spindependent driftdiffusion equations, we show that, contrary to naive expectation, the homogeneous spin current associated with the uniform drift of the spin polarization in the presence of an electric field does not act a source of spin current swapping. On the other hand, the inhomogeneous spin current associated with spin diffusion is a legitimate source of spin current swapping and does generate a transverse spin current. An experimental setup for the observation of the effect is therefore proposed.Physical Review B 02/2015; 92:035301. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.035301 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We provide a heuristic derivation of the "Inverse Edelstein Effect" (IEE), in which a nonequilibrium spin accumulation in the plane of a twodimensional (interfacial) electron gas drives an electric current perpendicular to its own direction. The driftdiffusion equations that govern the effect are derived and applied to the interpretation of recent experiments. A brief analysis based on the Kubo formula shows that the result is valid also outside the diffusive regime, i.e. when spin and momentum relaxation become comparable.Acta Physica Polonica Series a 02/2015; 127(2):454456. DOI:10.12693/APhysPolA.127.454 · 0.53 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The experimental availability of ultrahighmobility samples of graphene opens the possibility to realize and study experimentally the "hydrodynamic" regime of the electron liquid. In this regime the rate of electronelectron collisions is extremely high and dominates over the electronimpurity and electronphonon scattering rates, which are therefore neglected. The system is brought to a local quasiequilibrium described by a set of smoothly varying (in space and time) functions, {\it i.e.} the density, the velocity field and the local temperature. In this paper we calculate the charge and spin conductivities of doped graphene due solely to electronelectron interactions. We show that, in spite of the linear lowenergy band dispersion, graphene behaves in a wide range of temperatures as an effectively Galilean invariant system: the charge conductivity diverges in the limit $T \to 0$, while the spin conductivity remains finite. These results pave the way to the description of charge transport in graphene in terms of NavierStokes equations.Physical Review B 01/2015; 91(20). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.205423 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We study the Kondo effect in threedimensional (3D) Dirac materials and Weyl semimetals. We find the scaling of the Kondo temperature with respect to the doping $n$ and the coupling $J$ between the moment of the magnetic impurity and the carriers of the semimetal. We find that when the temperature is much smaller than the Kondo temperature the resistivity due to the Kondo effect scales as the $n^{4/3}$.We also study the effect of the interplay of longrange scalar disorder and Kondo effect. In the presence of disorderinduced longrange carrier density inhomogeneities the Kondo effect is not characterized by a Kondo temperature but by a distribution of Kondo temperatures. We obtain the expression of such distribution and show that its features cause the appearance of strong nonFermi liquid behavior. Finally we compare the properties of the Kondo effect in 3D Dirac materials and 2D Dirac systems like graphene and topological insulators.Physical Review B 10/2014; 92(4). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.041107 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The broken inversion symmetry at the surface of a metallic film (or, more generally, at the interface between a metallic film and a different metallic or insulating material) greatly amplifies the influence of the spinorbit interaction on the surface properties. The best known manifestation of this effect is the momentumdependent splitting of the surface state energies (Rashba effect). Here we show that the same interaction also generates a spinpolarization of the bulk states when an electric current is driven through the bulk of the film. For a semiinfinite jellium model, which is representative of metals with a closed Fermi surface, we prove as a theorem that, regardless of the shape of the confinement potential, the induced surface spin density at each surface is given by ${\bf S} =\gamma \hbar {\bf \hat z}\times {\bf j}$, where ${\bf j}$ is the particle current density in the bulk, ${\bf \hat z}$ the unit vector normal to the surface, and $\gamma=\frac{\hbar}{4mc^2}$ contains only fundamental constants. For a general metallic solid $\gamma$ becomes a materialspecific parameter that controls the strength of the interfacial spinorbit coupling. Our theorem, combined with an {\it ab initio} calculation of the spin polarization of the currentcarrying film, enables a determination of $\gamma$, which should be useful in modeling the spindependent scattering of quasiparticles at the interface.Physical Review B 10/2014; 91(3). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.035403 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Graphene sheets encapsulated between hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) slabs display superb electronic properties due to very limited scattering from extrinsic disorder sources such as Coulomb impurities and corrugations. Such samples are therefore expected to be ideal platforms for highlytunable lowloss plasmonics in a wide spectral range. In this Article we present a theory of collective electron density oscillations in a graphene sheet encapsulated between two hBN semiinfinite slabs (hBN/G/hBN). Graphene plasmons hybridize with hBN optical phonons forming hybrid plasmonphonon (HPP) modes. We focus on scattering of these modes against graphene's acoustic phonons and hBN optical phonons, two sources of scattering that are expected to play a key role in hBN/G/hBN stacks. We find that at room temperature the scattering against graphene's acoustic phonons is the dominant limiting factor for hBN/G/hBN stacks, yielding theoretical inverse damping ratios of hybrid plasmonphonon modes of the order of $50$$60$, with a weak dependence on carrier density and a strong dependence on illumination frequency. We confirm that the plasmon lifetime is not directly correlated with the mobility: in fact, it can be anticorrelated.Physical Review B 10/2014; 90(16):165408. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.90.165408 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Spinorbit interactions in twodimensional electron liquids are responsible for many interesting transport phenomena in which particle currents are converted to spin polarizations and spin currents and viceversa. Prime examples are the spin Hall effect, the Edelstein effect, and their inverses. By similar mechanisms it is also possible to partially convert an optically induced electronhole density wave to a spin density wave and viceversa. In this paper we present a unified theoretical treatment of these effects based on quantum kinetic equations that include not only the intrinsic spinorbit coupling from the band structure of the host material, but also the spinorbit coupling due to an external electric field and a random impurity potential. The driftdiffusion equations we derive in the diffusive regime are applicable to a broad variety of experimental situations, both homogeneous and nonhomogeneous, and include on equal footing "skew scattering" and "sidejump" from electronimpurity collisions. As a demonstration of the strength and usefulness of the theory we apply it to the study of several effects of current experimental interest: the inverse Edelstein effect, the spincurrent swapping effect, and the partial conversion of an electronhole density wave to a spin density wave in a twodimensional electron gas with Rashba and Dresselhaus spinorbit couplings, subject to an electric field.Physical Review B 09/2014; DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.90.245302 · 3.74 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We investigate the effects of inhomogeneities on spin entanglement in manyelectron systems from an abinitio approach. The key quantity in our approach is the local spin entanglement length, which is derived from the local concurrence of the electronic system. Although the concurrence for an interacting systems is a highly nonlocal functional of the density, it does have a simple, albeit approximate expression in terms of KohnSham orbitals. We show that the electron localization function  well known in quantum chemistry as a descriptor of atomic shells and molecular bonds  can be reinterpreted in terms of the ratio of the local entanglement length of the inhomogeneous system to the entanglement length of a homogenous system at the same density. We find that the spin entanglement is remarkably enhanced in atomic shells and molecular bonds.Physical Review B 09/2014; 91(7). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.075109 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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19882015

University of Missouri
 Department of Physics and Astronomy
Columbia, Missouri, United States


2014

Università Degli Studi Roma Tre
 Department of Mathematics and Physics
Roma, Latium, Italy


2011

Institute of physics china
Peping, Beijing, China


2004

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
 Laboratory NEST: National Enterprise for NanoScience and NanoTechnology
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy


2001

University of São Paulo
San Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


1998

North Dakota State University
 Department of Physics
Fargo, ND, United States


19871989

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States


19871988

The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States


19851987

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Stuttgart, BadenWürttemberg, Germany


19811985

Northwestern University
 Department of Physics and Astronomy
Evanston, IL, United States
