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Charge pumping through a polaron quantum dot Haughian, Patrick ; ; et al Poster (2017, July) Nanoelectromechanical systems exhibit a rich phenomenology due to the interaction of electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom. If this interaction is sufficiently strong, it leads to drastic ... [more ▼] Nanoelectromechanical systems exhibit a rich phenomenology due to the interaction of electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom. If this interaction is sufficiently strong, it leads to drastic suppression of conductance ("Franck-Condon blockade''). We show that this blockade can be exponentially lifted by application of an AC voltage. Multi-parameter drive protocols generate a pump current which enjoys the same enhancement. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 74 (0 UL)Lifting the Franck-Condon blockade in driven quantum dots Haughian, Patrick ; ; et al in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2016), 94 Electron-vibron coupling in quantum dots can lead to a strong suppression of the average current in the sequential tunneling regime. This effect is known as Franck-Condon blockade and can be traced back ... [more ▼] Electron-vibron coupling in quantum dots can lead to a strong suppression of the average current in the sequential tunneling regime. This effect is known as Franck-Condon blockade and can be traced back to an overlap integral between vibron states with different electron numbers which becomes exponentially small for large electron-vibron coupling strength. Here, we investigate the effect of a time-dependent drive on this phenomenon, in particular the effect of an oscillatory gate voltage acting on the electronic dot level. We employ two different approaches: perturbation theory based on nonequilibrium Keldysh Green's functions and a master equation in Born-Markov approximation. In both cases, we find that the drive can lift the blockade by exciting vibrons. As a consequence, the relative change in average current grows exponentially with the drive strength. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 157 (13 UL)Non local quantum state engineering with the Cooper pair splitter beyond the Coulomb blockade regime ; ; et al in Physical Review. B (2015), 93 A Cooper pair splitter consists of two quantum dots side-coupled to a conventional superconductor. Usually, the quantum dots are assumed to have a large charging energy compared to the superconducting gap ... [more ▼] A Cooper pair splitter consists of two quantum dots side-coupled to a conventional superconductor. Usually, the quantum dots are assumed to have a large charging energy compared to the superconducting gap, in order to suppress processes other than the coherent splitting of Cooper pairs. In this work, in contrast, we investigate the limit in which the charging energy is smaller than the superconducting gap. This allows us, in particular, to study the effect of a Zeeman field comparable to the charging energy. We find analytically that in this parameter regime the superconductor mediates an inter-dot tunneling term with a spin symmetry determined by the Zeeman field. Together with electrostatically tunable quantum dots, we show that this makes it possible to engineer a spin triplet state shared between the quantum dots. Compared to previous works, we thus extend the capabilities of the Cooper pair splitter to create entangled non local electron pairs. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 129 (3 UL)Detecting nonlocal Cooper pair entanglement by optical Bell inequality violation ; ; et al in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter (2015), 91 Based on the Bardeen Cooper Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity, the coherent splitting of Cooper pairs from a superconductor to two spatially separated quantum dots has been predicted to ... [more ▼] Based on the Bardeen Cooper Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity, the coherent splitting of Cooper pairs from a superconductor to two spatially separated quantum dots has been predicted to generate nonlocal pairs of entangled electrons. In order to test this hypothesis, we propose a scheme to transfer the spin state of a split Cooper pair onto the polarization state of a pair of optical photons. We show that the produced photon pairs can be used to violate a Bell inequality, unambiguously demonstrating the entanglement of the split Cooper pairs. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 127 (2 UL)Transport properties of double quantum dots with electron-phonon coupling ; ; Schmidt, Thomas in Physical Review. B (2013), 88 We study transport through a double quantum dot system in which each quantum dot is coupled to a phonon mode. Such a system can be realized, e.g., using a suspended carbon nanotube. We find that the ... [more ▼] We study transport through a double quantum dot system in which each quantum dot is coupled to a phonon mode. Such a system can be realized, e.g., using a suspended carbon nanotube. We find that the interplay between strong electron-phonon coupling and interdot tunneling can lead to a negative differential conductance at bias voltages exceeding the phonon frequency. Various transport properties are discussed, and we explain the physics of the occurrence of negative differential conductance in this system. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 94 (1 UL)Detecting Majorana bound states by nanomechanics ; Schmidt, Thomas ; et al in Physical Review. B (2011), 84 We propose a nanomechanical detection scheme for Majorana bound states, which have been predicted to exist at the edges of a one-dimensional topological superconductor, implemented, for instance, using a ... [more ▼] We propose a nanomechanical detection scheme for Majorana bound states, which have been predicted to exist at the edges of a one-dimensional topological superconductor, implemented, for instance, using a semiconducting wire placed on top of an s-wave superconductor. The detector makes use of an oscillating electrode, which can be realized using a doubly clamped metallic beam, tunnel coupled to one edge of the topological superconductor. We find that a measurement of the nonlinear differential conductance provides the necessary information to uniquely identify Majorana bound states. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 104 (1 UL) |
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