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Spin-Orbit Coupling and Zero-Field Electron Spin Splitting in AlGaN/AlN/GaN Heterostructures with a Polarization Induced Two-Dimensional Electron Gas

  • Ç. Kurdak (a1), N. Biyikli (a2), H. Cheng (a3), U. Ozgur (a4), H. Morkoç (a5) and V. I. Litvinov (a6)...

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We studied spin-orbit coupling in wurtzite AlxGa1−xN/AlN/GaN heterostructures with different Al concentrations using weak antilocalization measurements at 1.6 K. Using the persistent photoconductivity effect we change the carrier density in controllable manner. We find that the electron spin splitting energies does not scale linearly with the Fermi wavevector at high carrier densities. From this deviation, for the first time, we are able to extract the cubic spin-orbit parameter for this material system.

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