Polaron formation in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling: implications for spintronics

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Covaci, Lucian
Berciu, Mona
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We study the effects of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling on the polaron formation, using a suitable generalization of the Momentum Average approximation. Contrary to previous investigations of this problem, we find that the spin-orbit interaction decreases the effective electron-phonon coupling. It is thus possible to lower the effective mass of the polaron by increasing the spin-orbit coupling. We also show that when the spin-orbit coupling is large as compared to the phonon energy, the polaron retains only one of the spin polarized bands in its coherent spectrum. This has major implications for the propagation of spin-polarized currents in such materials, and thus for spintronic applications.
Comment: 4 pages, 3 figures
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Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons, Condensed Matter - Other Condensed Matter
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