We show that a carbon nanotube can serve as a functional electric weak link performing photospintronic transduction. A spin current, facilitated by strong spin-orbit interactions in the nanotube and not accompanied by a charge current, is induced in a device containing the nanotube weak link by circularly polarized microwaves. Nanomechanical tuning of the photo-spintronic transduction can be achieved due to the sensitivity of the spinorbit interaction to geometrical deformations of the weak link.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)