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Zitterbewegung of a heavy hole in presence of spin-orbit interactions

  • Tutul BiswasEmail author
  • Sandip Chowdhury
  • Tarun Kanti Ghosh
Regular Article

Abstract

We study the zitterbewegung of a heavy hole in presence of both cubic Rashba and cubic Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions. On contrary to the electronic case, zitterbewegung does not vanish for equal strength of Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interaction. This non-vanishing of zitterbewegung is associated with the Berry phase. Due to the presence of the spin-orbit coupling the spin associated with the heavy hole precesses about an effective magnetic field. This spin precession produces a transverse spin-orbit force which also generates an electric voltage associated with zitterbewegung. We have estimated the magnitude of this voltage for a possible experimental detection of zitterbewegung.

Keywords

Solid State and Materials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tutul Biswas
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sandip Chowdhury
    • 1
  • Tarun Kanti Ghosh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of Technology-KanpurKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsSripallyIndia

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