Europhys. Lett.
Volume 69, Number 3, February 2005
Page(s) 424 - 430
Section Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
Published online 07 January 2005
Europhys. Lett., 69 (3), pp. 424-430 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10363-6

Mesoscopic Kondo effect of a quantum dot embedded in an Aharonov-Bohm ring with intradot spin-flip scattering

B. Dong1, 2, G. H. Ding2, H. L. Cui1, 3 and X. L. Lei2

1  Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
2  Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiaotong University 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai 200030, PRC
3  School of Optoelectronics, Information Science and Technology, Yantai University Yantai, Shandong, PRC

received 1 September 2004; accepted in final form 24 November 2004
published online 7 January 2005

We study the Kondo effect in a quantum dot embedded in a mesoscopic ring taking into account the intradot spin-flip scattering R. Based on the finite- U slave-boson mean-field approach, we find that the Kondo peak in the density of states is split into two peaks by this coherent spin-flip transition, which is responsible for some interesting features of the Kondo-assisted persistent current circulating the ring: 1) strong suppression and crossover to a sine function form with increasing R; 2) appearance of a "hump" in the R-dependent behavior for odd parity. R-induced reverse of the persistent current direction is also observed for odd parity.

72.15.Qm - Scattering mechanisms and Kondo effect.
73.23.Ra - Persistent currents.
73.23.Hk - Coulomb blockade; single-electron tunneling.

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