Europhys. Lett.
Volume 69, Number 3, February 2005
Page(s) 475 - 481
Section Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
Published online 24 December 2004
Europhys. Lett., 69 (3), pp. 475-481 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10351-x

Full counting statistics of nano-electromechanical systems

C. Flindt1, T. Novotný1, 2 and A.-P. Jauho1

1  MIC, Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark DTU, Building 345east - DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
2  Department of Electronic Structures, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University - Ke Karlovu 5, 121 16 Prague, Czech Republic

received 14 October 2004; accepted 18 November 2004
published online 24 December 2004

We develop a theory for the full counting statistics (FCS) for a class of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), describable by a Markovian generalized master equation. The theory is applied to two specific examples of current interest: vibrating $\chem{C_{60}}$-molecules and quantum shuttles. We report a numerical evaluation of the first three cumulants for the $\chem{C_{60}}$ setup; for the quantum shuttle we use the third cumulant to substantiate that the giant enhancement in noise observed at the shuttling transition is due to a slow switching between two competing conduction channels. Especially the last example illustrates the power of the FCS.

85.85.+j - Micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) and devices.
72.70.+m - Noise processes and phenomena.
73.23.Hk - Coulomb blockade; single-electron tunneling.

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