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Title: Perfect electrical switching of edge channel transport in HgTe quantum wells controlled by gate voltage

We present a proposal to realize a perfect electrical switching of topological edge-state transport in a HgTe quantum well (QW). In our device design, we place a strip-like top gate voltage in a conventional quantum-point-contact (QPC) region in the HgTe QW. The numerical calculations show that upon increasing the gate voltage, two new conductance channels are developed in the transport direction and just neighbouring the boundaries of the top gate. The quantum states in the new channels can couple with the edge states to open a gap in energy spectrum, and in turn the gap width can be adjusted by the gate voltage, indicating that switch-on/off of the edge channels can be manipulated in a controllable way. Our device can not only be considered as a development of the conventional QPC structure based on the HgTe QW but also provides a new route to realize topological electrical switchers.
Authors:
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  1. College of Physics and Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314629
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ELECTRIC CONTACTS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ENERGY SPECTRA; MERCURY TELLURIDES; QUANTUM STATES; QUANTUM WELLS; SWITCHES; WIDTH