Theoretical evidence of spontaneous spin polarization in GaAs/AlGaAs split-gate heterostructures

Ashwin Ashok, Richard Akis, Dragica Vasileska, David K. Ferry

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The spontaneous spin polarization of a quantum point contact (QPC) formed by the lateral confinement of a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure is investigated. We present self consistent calculations of the electronic structure of the QPC using the spin-polarized density functional formalism of Kohn and Sham. Spin polarization occurs at low electron densities and exchange potential is found to be the dominant mechanism driving the local polarization within the QPC. We compute the conductance using the cascading scattering matrix approach and observe the conductance anomaly at ∼0.7 (2e2/h).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


  • 0.7 anomaly
  • 2DEG
  • Exchange potential
  • Quantum point contact

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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