Suppression of the persistent spin Hall current by defect scattering

Jun Ichiro Inoue, Gerrit E.W. Bauer, Laurens W. Molenkamp

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We study the linear response spin Hall conductivity of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the diffusive transport regime. When defect scattering is modeled by isotropic short-range potential scatterers the spin Hall conductivity vanishes due to the vertex correction. A nonvanishing spin Hall effect may be recovered for dominantly forward defect scattering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041303
Pages (from-to)041303-1-041303-4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul


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