Spin-selective Peierls transition in interacting one-dimensional conductors with spin-orbit interaction

Bernd Braunecker*, George I. Japaridze, Jelena Klinovaja, Daniel Loss

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Interacting one-dimensional conductors with Rashba spin-orbit coupling are shown to exhibit a spin-selective Peierls-type transition into a mixed spin-charge-density-wave state. The transition leads to a gap for one-half of the conducting modes, which is strongly enhanced by electron-electron interactions. The other half of the modes remains in a strongly renormalized gapless state and conducts opposite spins in opposite directions, thus providing a perfect spin filter. The transition is driven by magnetic field and by spin-orbit interactions. As an example we show for semiconducting quantum wires and carbon nanotubes that the gap induced by weak magnetic fields or intrinsic spin-orbit interactions can get renormalized by 1 order of magnitude up to 10-30 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045127
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2010




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