Nonlinear adiabatic response of interacting quantum dots
Institut für Theorie der Statistischen Physik, RWTH Aachen - 52056 Aachen, Germany, EU and JARA - Fundamentals of Future Information Technology
Accepted: 7 May 2012
We develop a generic method in Liouville space to describe the dissipative dynamics of coherent interacting quantum dots with adiabatic time dependence beyond linear response. We show how the adiabatic response can be related to effective quantities known from real-time renormalization group methods for stationary quantities. We propose the study of a delay time as a characteristic time scale. We apply the method to the interacting resonant level model and calculate the nonlinear adiabatic charge response to time-dependent gate voltages, tunneling barriers and Coulomb interaction. The dot charge delay time is found to be given by a unique expression in all cases, in contrast to the capacitance and the charge relaxation resistance. We discuss the observability of the effects in molecular systems and cold-atom setups.
PACS: 71.10.-w – Theories and models of many-electron systems / 73.23.-b – Electronic transport in mesoscopic systems / 73.63.Kv – Quantum dots
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