Spin filtering in silicene by edges and chemically or electrically induced interfaces

Timo Saari, Jouko Nieminen

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    Abstract

    Silicene is a graphene-like material with relatively strong spin-orbit coupling exhibiting gapless topologically protected edge states. In addition, it has a buckled structure, and hence, it stands as a feasible candidate for spintronic applications, where spin-polarized channels could be controlled with external electric fields realized with voltage gates attached to a Silicene sheet. Breaking the periodicity in 2D-materials with spin-orbit coupling produces one-dimensional edge and interface nanostructures that may give rise to an intrinsic locking of spin-polarization to electron momentum. We consider field induced and chemical ways to create interfaces to give way to spin polarized states for both zigzag and armchair alignments. While the spin polarization of a field induced interface channel can be feasibly tuned, a chemical interface is less flexibly tunable. However, controlling Fermi-level, e.g. with a gate voltage, might serve as a spin valve along the interface.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)316-324
    JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
    Volume128
    Early online date2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2019
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Electronic structure
    • Green's function techniques
    • Interfaces
    • Silicene
    • Spin-orbit coupling

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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