Coherent quantum ratchets driven by tunnel oscillations
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC - Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain, EU
Accepted: 20 July 2010
We demonstrate that the tunnel oscillations of a biased double quantum dot can be employed as driving source for a quantum ratchet. As a model, we use two capacitively coupled double quantum dots. One double dot is voltage biased and provides the ac force, while the other experiences the ac force and acts as coherent quantum ratchet. The current is obtained from a Bloch-Redfield master equation which ensures a proper equilibrium limit. We find that the two-electron states of the coupled ratchet-drive Hamiltonian lead to unexpected steps in the ratchet current.
PACS: 05.60.Gg – Quantum transport / 72.70.+m – Noise processes and phenomena / 73.23.Hk – Coulomb blockade; single-electron tunneling
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