Spin–orbit interactions

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It is commonly believed that solids with spatial inversion symmetry do not display spin–orbit effects. However, first-principles calculations now reveal unexpected spin structure for centrosymmetric crystals.

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Figure 1: An electron with wavevector k = (kx, ky) moving in an electric field in a solid experiences an effective magnetic field that couples to its spin, an effect known as spin–orbit coupling.


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Partoens, B. Hide and seek. Nature Phys 10, 333–334 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys2956

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