Photovoltaic effect generated by spin-orbit interactions

  title={Photovoltaic effect generated by spin-orbit interactions},
  author={Ora Entin-Wohlman and Robert I. Shekhter and Mats Jonson and Amnon Aharony},
  journal={Physical Review B},
An AC electric field applied to a junction comprising two spin-orbit coupled weak links connecting a quantum dot to two electronic terminals is proposed to induce a DC current and to generate a voltage drop over the junction if it is a part of an open circuit. This photovoltaic effect requires a junction in which mirror reflection-symmetry is broken. Its origin lies in the different fashion inelastic processes modify the reflection of electrons from the junction back into the two terminals… 

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