Volume 83, Number 1, July 2008
|Number of page(s)
|Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
|17 June 2008
Quantum pump for fractional charge
Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot 76 100, Israel
Accepted: 5 May 2008
We propose a theoretical scenario for pumping of fractionally charged quasi-particle in the context of ν = 1/3 fractional quantum Hall liquid. We consider quasi-particle pumping across an anti-dot level tuned close to the resonance. Fractional charge pumping is achieved by slow and periodic modulation of coupling of the anti-dot level to left and right moving edges of a Hall bar set-up. This is attained by periodically modulating the gate voltages controlling the couplings. In order to obtain quantization of pumped charge in the unit of the electronic charge fraction (νe) per pumping cycle in the adiabatic limit, we argue that the only possibility is to tune the quasi-particle operator to be irrelevant from being relevant in the renormalization group sense, which can be accomplished by invoking quantum Hall line junctions into the Hall bar geometry. We also comment on the possibility for experimental realization of the above scenario.
PACS: 73.23.-b – Electronic transport in mesoscopic systems / 71.10.Pm – Fermions in reduced dimensions (anyons, composite fermions, Luttinger liquid, etc.)
© EPLA, 2008
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