Absence of thermal smearing for the transmission phase through a quantum dot
Yale University, Department of Applied Physics - New Haven, CT 06520, USA
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik - 69029 Heidelberg, Germany
Accepted: 27 February 1997
We derive the phase θ of the Aharonov-Bohm oscillations of a multi-terminal electron ring with a quantum dot in one of its arms. We show i) that θ varies smoothly by π at each transmission peak of the system. We also find ii) that θ drops sharply by π between the peaks if consecutive peaks have similar resonance parameters. The characteristic energy scale for ii) is of the order of the intrinsic resonance width . This fact can be employed to measure in a novel way.
PACS: 73.20.Dx – Electron states in low-dimensional structures (superlattices, quantum well structures and multilayers) / 73.40.Gk – Tunneling / 73.50.Bk – General theory, scattering mechanisms
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