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Title: Giant Zero Bias Anomaly due to Coherent Scattering from Frozen Phonon Disorder in Quantum Point Contacts

Abstract

We demonstrate an unusual manifestation of coherent scattering for electron waves in mesoscopic quantum point contacts, in which fast electron dynamics allows the phonon system to serve as a quasistatic source of disorder. The low-temperature conductance of these devices exhibits a giant ($$\gg 2e^2/h$$) zero bias anomaly (ZBA), the features of which are reproduced in a nonequilibrium model for coherent scattering from the “frozen” phonon disorder. According to this model, the ZBA is understood to result from the in situ electrical manipulation of the phonon disorder, a mechanism that could open up a pathway to the on-demand control of coherent scattering in the solid state.

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State Univ. of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1593525
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OSTI ID: 1545952
Grant/Contract Number:  
[FG02-04ER46180]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 123; Journal Issue: 5; Related Information: https://journals-aps-org.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/prl/supplemental/10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.056802/suppl.pdf]; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; Mesoscopics; Quantum Interference

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Lee, Y. -H., Xiao, S., Kim, K. W., Reno, J. L., Bird, J. P., and Han, J. E. Giant Zero Bias Anomaly due to Coherent Scattering from Frozen Phonon Disorder in Quantum Point Contacts. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.056802.
Lee, Y. -H., Xiao, S., Kim, K. W., Reno, J. L., Bird, J. P., & Han, J. E. Giant Zero Bias Anomaly due to Coherent Scattering from Frozen Phonon Disorder in Quantum Point Contacts. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.056802.
Lee, Y. -H., Xiao, S., Kim, K. W., Reno, J. L., Bird, J. P., and Han, J. E. Tue . "Giant Zero Bias Anomaly due to Coherent Scattering from Frozen Phonon Disorder in Quantum Point Contacts". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.056802.
@article{osti_1593525,
title = {Giant Zero Bias Anomaly due to Coherent Scattering from Frozen Phonon Disorder in Quantum Point Contacts},
author = {Lee, Y. -H. and Xiao, S. and Kim, K. W. and Reno, J. L. and Bird, J. P. and Han, J. E.},
abstractNote = {We demonstrate an unusual manifestation of coherent scattering for electron waves in mesoscopic quantum point contacts, in which fast electron dynamics allows the phonon system to serve as a quasistatic source of disorder. The low-temperature conductance of these devices exhibits a giant ($\gg 2e^2/h$) zero bias anomaly (ZBA), the features of which are reproduced in a nonequilibrium model for coherent scattering from the “frozen” phonon disorder. According to this model, the ZBA is understood to result from the in situ electrical manipulation of the phonon disorder, a mechanism that could open up a pathway to the on-demand control of coherent scattering in the solid state.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.056802},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = [5],
volume = [123],
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
}

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