Project Description

PROJECT AIMS:

The aim of this project is the need of explaining the physical origins of the new kind of magnetoresistance phenomenon measured experimentally very recently at the surface of topological insulators (TIs) and oxides interfaces that reveals linear response to both electric and magnetic field simultaneously. This so-called bilinear magnetoresistance (BMR) emerging in the systems with a strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is a manifestation of higher order responses as well as specific properties of the systems that come from symmetry. The non-linear (with respect of electric field) effects assisted by the spin-orbit interaction need a consistent theoretical formulation, that should take into account all possible origins (both intrinsic and extrinsic) of such system response.
This unidirectional/ bilinear magnetoresistance is the tip of the iceberg of a more fundamental issue, that is, the nonreciprocal response of quantum systems with broken inversion symmetry. Therefore, the theoretical studies, proposed in this project, have as its objective two general goals:

  1. Investigation of the fundamental aspects of nonreciprocal and nonlinear transport phenomena induced by spin-orbit coupling in selected systems described by certain effective Hamiltonians of specific symmetries.
  2. Indication of efficient ways of measurement and possible application of the spin-to-charge inter-conversion phenomena .

Within the project, both analytical and advanced numerical methods will be used. The electron and spin transport calculations will be done both semi-classically and quantum-mechanically since one of the project tasks also assumes formal studies aimed at clarifying possible differences between these two approaches (and possible failings of semi-classical description). Thus, analytical calculations will be done based on zero-temperature and Matsubara Green’s function formalism as well as Keldysh-approach (Kadanoff-Baym equations). The ab-initio calculations that will concern modeling of band structure, magnetism, and possible transport through van-der-Waals hybrid structures will be performed.

PROJECT TASKS:

The main objectives might be divided by the four tasks:

TASK 1: Theoretical description of BMR in selected 2D systems: surface states of TI, graphene-like 2D crystals and van-der-Waals heterostructures, 2D gas at the interfaces of semiconductor heterostructures and oxides perovskites.

TASK 2: Theoretical description of spin-orbit driven phenomena beyond linear-response limit.

TASK 3: Identification of the possible origins of negative magnetoresistance in systems with spin-orbit interaction beyond the weak localization regime.

TASK 4: Investigation of electronic and spin transport through two-dimensional layered systems and interfaces.

IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT:

Understanding the physical origins responsible for BMR and other unidirectional effects allow for their application in new electronics devices. In principle, one can think about the new kind of the read-write protocols in the hard drives and logic devices, where the “0” and “1” states related with high and low resistance state of the electronic element can be provided by the two opposite current flow directions. Moreover, BMR gives a real chance for electrical mapping the spin texture of the topological surface states. This, in turn, would be a great alternative to the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES).

The theoretical studies assumed in this project concern fundamental issues of condensed matter physics such as the role of symmetries and topology of electronic states in low-dimensional systems. Moreover, results obtained in the project should provide a better understanding of the spin-to-charge interconversion effects. This group of phenomena are extensively studied in last years and seem to be very promising for the application in the new generation of spintronics devices.

Realization period: 02.09.2019 - 02.09.2022


Project Team:

Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Dr. Anna Dyrdał (PI)

Anna Krzyżewska (PhD student)

Kateryna Boboshko (PhD student)

Rzeszow University of Technology

Prof. Vitalii Dugaev (mentor)

Publications

Articles:

  1. D. Vaz, F. Trier, A. Dyrdał, A. Johansson, K. Garcia, A. Barthelemy, J. Barnaś, A. Fert, M. Bibes
    Determining the Rashba parameter from the bilinear magnetoresistance response in a two-dimensional electron gas
    Phys. Rev. Materials 4, 071001(R) (2020)
  2. A. Dyrdał, J. Barnaś, A. Fert
    Spin-Momentum-Locking Inhomogeneities as a Source of Bilinear Magnetoresistance in Topological Insulators
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 046802 (2020)