17-21 July 2017
Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química
Europe/Madrid timezone

Topological transitions in spin dynamics by geometric phase engineering

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Aula Magna (Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química)

Aula Magna

Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química

Av. das Ciencias s/n, 15701 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Quantum Materials and Technologies (GEFES)


Prof. Diego Frustaglia (Universidad de Sevilla)


Research on spin geometric (Berry) phases in mesoscopic systems has been active for about 25 years already. Still, incontrovertible evidence of spin geometric phases was found only recently [1] in mesoscopic rings subject to spin-orbit coupling (Rashba rings) in agreement with theoretical predictions [2], giving a new impulse to the field. Here, we discuss some new possibilities for electronic manipulation based on the control of the spin geometric phases in nanodevices such as Rashba interferometers subject to additional magnetic fields. These run from a purely geometric manipulation of electron spins (for weak fields) [3] to topological transitions (for large fields) [4]. Moreover, we notice that similar physics plays a role in spin resonance under driving fields that undergo a topological transition. There we find [5] that, despite the strongly non-adiabatic effects dominating the spin dynamics, the field's topology appears clearly imprinted in the quasienergy of Floquet spin states. This has remarkable consequences on the spin resonance condition, suggesting a whole new class of experiments to spot topological transitions in the dynamics of spins and other two-level systems (from nuclear magnetic resonance to strongly-driven superconducting quits). [1] F. Nagasawa, J. Takagi, Y. Kunihashi, M. Kohda, and J. Nitta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 086801 (2012); K. Richter, Physics 5, 22 (2012). [2] D. Frustaglia and K. Richter, Phys. Rev. B 69, 235310 (2004). [3] F. Nagasawa, D. Frustaglia, H. Saarikoski, K. Richter, and J. Nitta, Nature Comm. 4, 2526 (2013). [4] H. Saarikoski, J.E. Vázquez-Lozano, J.P. Baltanás, F. Nagasawa, J. Nitta, and D. Frustaglia, Phys. Rev. B 91, 241406(R) (2015). [5] A.A. Reynoso, J.P. Baltanás, H. Saarikoski, J.E. Vázquez-Lozano, J. Nitta, and D. Frustaglia, arXiv:1702.0178, to appear in New J. Phys. (2017).

Primary author

Prof. Diego Frustaglia (Universidad de Sevilla)


Dr. Andrés Reynoso (Centro Atómico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Argentina.) Dr. Henri Saarikoski (RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), Wako, Japan.) Mr. J. Enrique Vázquez-Lozano (Departamento de Física Aplicada II, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.) Prof. José Pablo Baltanás (Departamento de Física Aplicada II, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.) Prof. Junsaku Nitta (Department of Materials Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.)

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