J Munárriz

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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Publications (6)28.01 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We address new optical nano-antenna systems with tunable highly directional radiation patterns. The antenna comprises a regular linear array of metal nanoparticles in the proximity of an interface with high dielectric contrast. We show that the radiation pattern of the system can be controlled by changing parameters of the excitation, such as, the polarization and/or incidence angles. In the case of excitation under the total reflection condition, the system operates as a nanoscopic source of radiation, converting the macroscopic incident plane wave front into a narrow beam of light with adjustable characteristics. We derive also simple analytical formulas which give an excellent description of the radiation pattern and provide a useful tool for analysis and antenna design.
    Nano Letters 01/2013; · 13.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We find clear signatures of spin-dependent negative differential resistance in compound systems comprising a graphene nanoribbon and a set of ferromagnetic insulator strips deposited on top of it. The periodic array of ferromagnetic strips induces a proximity exchange splitting of the electronic states in graphene, resulting in the appearance of a superlattice with a spin-dependent energy spectrum. The electric current through the device can be highly polarized and both the current and its polarization manifest non-monotonic dependence on the bias voltage. The device operates therefore as an Esaki spin diode, which opens possibilities to design new spintronic circuits.
    Physical review. B, Condensed matter 10/2012; · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study theoretically the level shift of the Dirac oscillator perturbed by any sharply peaked potential approaching a surface delta potential. A Green function method is used to obtain closed expressions for all partial waves and parities.
    Physics Letters A 10/2012; 376(46):3475–3478. · 1.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We propose a novel spin filter based on a graphene nanoring fabricated above a ferromagnetic strip. The exchange interaction between the magnetic moments of the ions in the ferromagnet and the electron spin splits the electronic states, and gives rise to spin polarization of the conductance and the total electric current. We demonstrate that both the current and its polarization can be controlled by a side-gate voltage. This opens the possibility to use the proposed device as a tunable source of polarized electrons.
    Nanotechnology 04/2012; 23(20):205202. · 3.84 Impact Factor
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    J Munárriz, F Domínguez-Adame
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    ABSTRACT: We study theoretically the level shift of massless Dirac fermions in a graphene monolayer subjected to a quantizing perpendicular magnetic field under the influence of short-range impurities. A Green function method is used to obtain closed expressions for the Landau level shift for any sharply peaked impurity potential approaching a δ-shell potential.
    Journal of Physics A Mathematical and Theoretical 01/2012; 45(30). · 1.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new type of quantum interference device based on a graphene nanoring in which all edges are of the same type is studied theoretically. The superposition of the electron wavefunction propagating from the source to the drain along the two arms of the nanoring gives rise to interesting interference effects. We show that a side-gate voltage applied across the ring allows for control of the interference pattern at the drain. The electron current between the two leads can therefore be modulated by the side gate. The latter manifests itself as conductance oscillations as a function of the gate voltage. We study quantum nanorings with two edge types (zigzag or armchair) and argue that the armchair type is more advantageous for applications. We demonstrate finally that our proposed device operates as a quantum interference transistor with high on/off ratio.
    Nanotechnology 09/2011; 22(36):365201. · 3.84 Impact Factor