Irreversible thermodynamics at surfaces: inverse Edelstein effect for topological insulator Academic Article uri icon


  • We employ Onsagers irreversible thermodynamics to study the inverse Edelstein effect (IEE) for a non-magnetic material (NM) adjacent to a topological insulator (TI) with a strong spinorbit interaction. The TI surface state region is treated as quasi two-dimensional (2D). For the IEE, the source is a 3D spin flux incident from the NM that converts, at the NMTI interface, to a quasi-2D charge current in the TI. For the Edelstein effect (EE), the source is a quasi-2D charge flux incident from the TI that converts, at the interface, to a three-dimensional (3D) spin flux in the NM. For strong spinorbit coupling, as considered here, when the 3D spin flux crosses to the 2D TI, the quasi-2D charge current is produced along with a quasi-2D spin accumulation. (For weak spinorbit coupling, production of charge current and of spin accumulation are distinct processes.) We compute the associated rates of heating.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Saslow, W. M.

citation count

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complete list of authors

  • Saslow, Wayne M

publication date

  • December 2022