[show abstract][hide abstract] 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.
[show abstract][hide abstract] 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
[show abstract][hide abstract] 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.
[show abstract][hide abstract] 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
[show abstract][hide abstract] 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.