Tunable Rashba spin-orbit interaction at oxide interfaces

Phys Rev Lett. 2010 Mar 26;104(12):126803. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.126803. Epub 2010 Mar 26.


The quasi-two-dimensional electron gas found at the LaAlO{3}/SrTiO{3} interface offers exciting new functionalities, such as tunable superconductivity, and has been proposed as a new nanoelectronics fabrication platform. Here we lay out a new example of an electronic property arising from the interfacial breaking of inversion symmetry, namely, a large Rashba spin-orbit interaction, whose magnitude can be modulated by the application of an external electric field. By means of magnetotransport experiments we explore the evolution of the spin-orbit coupling across the phase diagram of the system. We uncover a steep rise in Rashba interaction occurring around the doping level where a quantum critical point separates the insulating and superconducting ground states of the system.