Theory of Rashba Torques

Aurelien Manchon, S. Zhang

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This chapter focuses on the theory of current-driven Rashba torque, a special type of spin-orbit mediated spin torque that requires broken spatial-inversion symmetry. This specific form of spin-orbit interaction enables the electrical generation of a non-equilibrium spin density that yields both damping-like and field-like torques on the local magnetic moments. We review the recent results obtained in (ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic) two-dimensional electron gases, bulk magnetic semiconductors, and at the surface of topological insulators. We conclude by summarizing recent experimental results that support the emergence of Rashba torques in magnets lacking inversion symmetry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpin Current
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780198787075
StatePublished - Dec 21 2017

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-04-23


  • Gate voltage
  • Intrinsic band mismatch
  • Rashba field
  • Semiconductor quantum wells
  • Spatial-inversion symmetry
  • Spin-orbit interaction
  • Topological insulators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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