Nonvanishing spin Hall currents in disordered spin-orbit coupling systems

K. Nomura, Jairo Sinova, T. Jungwirth, Q. Niu, A. H. MacDonald

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Spin-orbit coupling-induced spin Hall currents are generic in metals and doped semiconductors. It has recently been argued that the spin Hall conductivity can be dominated by an intrinsic contribution that follows from Bloch state distortion in the presence of an electric field. Here we report on numerical demonstration of the robustness of this effect in the presence of disorder scattering for the case of a two-dimensional electron gas with Rashba spin-orbit interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041304
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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