Two relaxation mechanisms observed in transport between spin-split edge states at high imbalance

E. V. Deviatov, A. Würtz, A. Lorke, M. Yu. Melnikov, V. T. Dolgopolov, D. Reuter, A. D. Wieck
2004 Physical Review B  
Using a quasi-Corbino geometry to directly study electron transport between spin-split edge states, we find a pronounced hysteresis in the I-V curves, originating from slow relaxation processes. We attribute this long-time relaxation to the formation of a dynamic nuclear polarization near the sample edge. The determined characteristic relaxation times are 25 s and 200 s which points to the presence of two different relaxation mechanisms. The two time constants are ascribed to the formation of a
more » ... the formation of a local nuclear polarization due to flip-flop processes and the diffusion of nuclear spins.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.69.115330 fatcat:gaielxnlcrfxnjsi23mvarlvua