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Spin filtering in silicene by edges and chemically or electrically induced interfaces

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-324
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Silicene is a graphene-like material with relatively strong spin-orbit coupling exhibiting gapless topologically protected edge states. In addition, it has a buckled structure, and hence, it stands as a feasible candidate for spintronic applications, where spin-polarized channels could be controlled with external electric fields realized with voltage gates attached to a Silicene sheet. Breaking the periodicity in 2D-materials with spin-orbit coupling produces one-dimensional edge and interface nanostructures that may give rise to an intrinsic locking of spin-polarization to electron momentum. We consider field induced and chemical ways to create interfaces to give way to spin polarized states for both zigzag and armchair alignments. While the spin polarization of a field induced interface channel can be feasibly tuned, a chemical interface is less flexibly tunable. However, controlling Fermi-level, e.g. with a gate voltage, might serve as a spin valve along the interface.


  • Electronic structure, Green's function techniques, Interfaces, Silicene, Spin-orbit coupling

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