Physical Review B
The American Physical Society
We demonstrate the theoretical possibility of obtaining a pure spin current in a 1D ring with spin-orbit interaction by irradiation with a nonadiabatic, two-component terahertz laser pulse, whose spatial asymmetry is reﬂected by an internal phase difference φ. The solutions of the equation of motion for the density operator are obtained for a spin-orbit coupling linear in the electron momentum (Rashba) and they are used to calculate the time-dependent charge and spin currents. We ﬁnd that there are critical values of φ at which the charge current disappears, while the spin current reaches a maximum or a minimum value.
Please use publisher's recommended citation.