Low Temperature Physics: 42, 196 (2016); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4943917
Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 42, Number 3 (March 2016), p. 254-263    ( to contents , go back )

Energetic spectrum and specific heat of two-dimensional electron systems with spin-orbit interaction in magnetic field parallel to conducting layer

O.N. Shevchenko1 and A.I. Kopeliovich2

1University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311277, Denton, Texas 76203-5017, USA
E-mail: exin13@gmail.com

2B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 47 Nauki Ave., Kharkov 61103, Ukraine

Received October 23, 2015, revised November 11, 2015

Abstract

The energy spectrum of the quasi-two-dimensional electron gas in the in-plane magnetic field is studied by means of the perturbation theory and quasiclassical approach, taking into account Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions. The existence of the intersection of energy sublevels in electron spectrum is demonstrated. The reciprocal mass tensor of electrons is analyzed. The heat capacity of the degenerate electron gas is examined, and its relations with the key features of the spectrum are shown.

PACS: 71.20.–b Electron density of states and band structure of crystalline solids;
PACS: 75.70.Tj Spin-orbit effects.

Key words: spin-orbit interaction, electron specific heat, two-dimensional systems, spintronics.

Published online: January 26, 2016

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