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Title:Simulation of Single -Electron Charging Effects in Planar Nanoscale Devices
Author(s):Nagaraja, Satyadev Hulikal
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Leburton, Jean-Pierre
Department / Program:Electrical Engineering
Discipline:Electrical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Physics, Condensed Matter
Abstract:By expanding the model to incorporate electron spin under the Local Spin Density Approximation, the charging properties of the double quantum dot are investigated in terms of electron spin and interdot interaction. It is shown that both electrostatic and quantum mechanical coupling between the dots affect the charging properties. For weak interdot coupling, simultaneous or double charging of the two constituent dots occurs, as seen in recent experiments by Waugh and co-workers [2]. It is argued that the double charging model may be used to explain the phenomenon of pair tunneling in vertical dots observed by Ashoori et al. [3]. It is also shown that a spin polarized state can be realized for weak interdot coupling, with four electrons in each dot, a situation explained in terms of Hund's rules. Lastly, it is shown that a ferromagnetic-like state can be obtained for three electrons in the double-dot by varying the interdot coupling strength. As the interdot barrier is lowered, the pz states in the two dots couple to form a bonding state that is delocalized over both. For small energy spacing between the 1 s and the bonding states, the ground state for three electrons has an electron in the 1s state of each dot and the delocalized pz bonding state, with the spins of all the electrons aligned parallel.
Issue Date:1999
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:67 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81311
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9953098
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999


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