Optical out-of-plane spin polarization and charge conductivities in spin-orbit-coupled systems in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field
School of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Anyang
Normal University, 455000 Anyang, P.R. China
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 15 December 2009
Published online: 2 February 2010
Out-of-plane spin and charge responses to the terahertz field for a clean two-dimensional electron gas with a Rashba spin-orbit interaction in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field are studied. We show that the characteristic optical spectral behavior is remarkably different from that of the system in the absence of in-plane magnetic fields. It is found that the optical spin polarization normal to the plane is nonzero even for this clean system, in sharp contrast to the static case. Due to the combined effect of spin-orbit coupling and in-plane magnetic field, both diagonal and off-diagonal components of optical charge conductivity tensor are nonvanishing. It is indicated that one can control the spin polarization and the optical current by adjusting the optical frequency. In addition, the out-of-plane spin polarization and conductivities strongly rely on the direction of the external magnetic field. Nevertheless, they meet different angle-dependent relations. This dynamical out-of-plane spin polarization could be measured by the time-resolved Kerr rotation technique.
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