Role of Spin-Orbit Coupling in the Electronic Structure of IrO2

P. K. Das, J. Sławińska, I. Vorbornik, J. Fujii, Anna Regoutz, J. M. Kahk, David O. Scanlon, Benjamin J. Morgan, C. McGuinness, E. Plekhanov, D. Di Sante, Y.-S. Huang, R.-S. Chen, G. Rossi, Silvia Picozzi, William R. Branford, G. Panaccione, D. J. Payne

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The delicate interplay of electronic charge, spin, and orbital degrees of freedom is in the heart of many novel phenomena across the transition metal oxide family. Here, by combining high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first principles calculations (with and without spin-orbit coupling), the electronic structure of the rutile binary iridate, IrO2, is investigated. The detailed study of electronic bands measured on a high-quality single crystalline sample and use of a wide range of photon energy provide a huge improvement over the previous studies. The excellent agreement between theory and experimental results shows that the single-particle DFT description of IrO2 band structure is adequate, without the need of invoking any treatment of correlation effects. Although many observed features point to a 3D nature of the electronic structure, clear surface effects are revealed. The discussion of the orbital character of the relevant bands crossing the Fermi level sheds light on spin-orbit-coupling-driven phenomena in this material, unveiling a spin-orbit-induced avoided crossing, a property likely to play a key role in its large spin Hall effect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065001
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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