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    Model expressions for the spin-orbit interaction and phonon-mediated spin dynamics in quantum dots

    Citation

    Vaughan, M & Rorison, J, 2018, ‘Model expressions for the spin-orbit interaction and phonon-mediated spin dynamics in quantum dots’. Semiconductor Science and Technology, vol 33.

    Abstract

    Model expressions for the spin-orbit interaction (SOI) in a quantum dot are obtained. The resulting form does not neglect cubic terms and allows for a generalized structural inversion asymmetry. We also obtain analytical expressions for the coupling between states for the electron-phonon interaction and use these to derive spin-relaxation rates, which are found to be qualitatively similar to those derived elsewhere in the literature. We find that, due to the inclusion of cubic terms, the Dresselhaus contribution to the ground state spin relaxation disappears for spherical dots. A comparison with previous theory and existing experimental results shows good agreement thereby presenting a clear analytical formalism for future developments. Comparative calculations for potential materials are presented.

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