Geometry-dependent conductance oscillations in graphene quantum dots
School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
2 Institute of Computational Physics and Complex Systems, and Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, Lanzhou University - Lanzhou, Gansu 730000, China
3 Department of Physics, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Accepted: 26 April 2011
Utilizing rectangular graphene quantum dots with zigzag horizontal boundaries as a paradigm, we find that the conductance of the dots can exhibit significant oscillations with the position of the leads. The oscillation patterns are a result of quantum interference determined by the band structure of the underlying graphene nanoribbon. In particular, the power spectrum of the conductance variation concentrates on a selective set of bands of the ribbon. The computational results are substantiated by a heuristic theory that provides selection rules for the concentration on the specific dispersion bands.
PACS: 81.05.ue – Graphene / 72.80.Vp – Electronic transport in graphene / 73.63.Kv – Quantum dots
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