Density-Dependent Spin Polarization in Ultra-Low-Disorder Quantum Wires

D. J. Reilly, T. M. Buehler, J. L. O’Brien, A. R. Hamilton, A. S. Dzurak, R. G. Clark, B. E. Kane, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West

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There is controversy as to whether a one-dimensional (1D) electron gas can spin polarize in the absence of a magnetic field. Together with a simple model, we present conductance measurements on ultra-low-disorder quantum wires supportive of a spin polarization at [Formula presented]. A spin energy gap is indicated by the presence of a feature in the range [Formula presented] in conductance data. Importantly, it appears that the spin gap is not constant but a function of the electron density. Data obtained using a bias spectroscopy technique are consistent with the spin gap widening further as the Fermi level is increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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