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Equilibrium currents in a Corbino graphene ring
López Jimenez A., Bolívar N., Medina E., Berche B.
Condens. Matter Phys. 17 (2014) 33803: 1-8
DOI : 10.5488/CMP.17.33803
ArXiv : arxiv:1411.4905 [PDF]

We address the description of a graphene Corbino disk in the context of a tight binding approach that includes both kinetic and Rashba SO coupling due to an external out-of-plane electric field. Persistent equilibrium currents are induced by an external magnetic field breaking time reversal symmetry. By direct diagonalization, we compute the spectrum and focus on the dispersion near the K points at the Fermi level. The dispersion keenly reproduces that of a continuum model in spite of the complexity of the boundary conditions. We validate the assumptions of the continuum model in terms of predominant zig-zag boundaries conditions and weak sub-band coupling. The wave functions displaying the lowest transverse modes are obtained, showing the predominance of edge states with charge density at the zig-zag edges. The persistent charge currents, nevertheless, do not follow the traditional argument of current cancellation from levels below the Fermi level, and thus they depart in the TB from those found in the continuum model.



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