Interactions and interference in quantum dots: Kinks in Coulomb-blockade peak positions

Journal Article

We investigate the spin of the ground state of a geometrically confined many-electron system. For atoms, shell structure simplifies this problem—the spin is prescribed by the well-known Hund’s rule. In contrast, quantum dots provide a controllable setting for studying the interplay of quantum interference and electron-electron interactions in general cases. In a generic confining potential, the shell-structure argument suggests a singlet ground state for an even number of electrons. The interaction among the electrons produces, however, accidental occurrences of spin-triplet ground states, even for weak interaction, a limit which we analyze explicitly. Variation of an external parameter causes sudden switching between these states and hence a kink in the conductance. Experimental study of these kinks would yield the exchange energy for the “chaotic electron gas”. © 2000 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baranger, HU; Ullmo, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 4

Start / End Page

  • R2425 - R2428

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.61.R2425

Citation Source

  • Scopus