Electron-spin to phonon coupling in graphene decorated with heavy adatoms

Jhih Shih You, Daw Wei Wang, Miguel A. Cazalilla

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The naturally weak spin-orbit coupling in graphene can be largely enhanced by adatom deposition [e.g., Weeks, Phys. Rev. X 1, 021001 (2011)10.1103/PhysRevX.1.021001]. However, the dynamics of the adatoms also induces a coupling between phonons and the electron spin. Using group theory and a tight-binding model, we systematically investigate the coupling between the low-energy in-plane phonons and the electron spin in single-layer graphene uniformly decorated with heavy adatoms. Our results provide the foundation for future investigations of spin transport and superconductivity in this system. In order to quantify the effect of the coupling to the lattice on the electronic spin dynamics, we compute the spin-flip rate of electrons and holes. We show that the latter exhibits a strong dependence on the quasiparticle energy and system temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035421
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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