Simultaneous Coulomb blockade for electrons and holes in p-n junctions: observation of Coulomb staircase and turnstile operation

Journal Article

The Coulomb blockade effect in a mesoscopic double-barrier p-i-n junction is reported. The electron and hole injection into the central QW of a p-n junction is achieved via resonant tunneling. We present a theoretical model that describes the device operation. When the device is biased with a constant voltage source the model predicts the observation of Coulomb staircase in the current-voltage characteristics. When an additional square wave modulation signal is applied, turnstile operation is achieved. The experimental evidence for Coulomb staircase effect and turnstile operation is presented.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Benson, O; Kim, J; Kan, H; Yamamoto, Y

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

  • Physica E: Low Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 12

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S1386-9477(00)00123-5