The Rashba effect and non-Abelian phases in quantum wire devices

Aron W. Cummings, R. Akis, D. K. Ferry

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We present a 2D method for studying quantum transport through arbitrary geometries under the influence of both external magnetic fields and Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We apply this method to two geometries - a straight wire and a ring structure. Our results reveal the precession of spin-polarized modes in the straight wire, and conductance resonances in the ring due to phase shifts from the magnetic field and from the Rashba effect. The conductance resonances arising from the Rashba effect are due to the non-Abelian nature of the phase shifts acquired by electrons propagating around the ring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Quantum transport
  • Rashba effect
  • Spin operations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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