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An accurate high-speed single-electron quantum dot pump.

Giblin, S P; Wright, S J*; Fletcher, J D; Kataoka, M; Pepper, M*; Janssen, T J B M; Ritchie, D A*; Nicoll, C A*; Anderson, D*; Jones, G A C* (2010) An accurate high-speed single-electron quantum dot pump. New J. Phys., 12. 073013

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Using standard microfabrication techniques it is now possible to construct devices, which appear to reliably manipulate electrons one at a time. These devices have potential use as building blocks in quantum computing devices, or as a standard of electrical current derived only from a frequency and the fundamental charge. To date the error rate in semiconductor 'tuneable-barrier' pump devices, those which show most promise for high frequency operation, have not been tested in detail. We present high accuracy measurements of the current from an etched GaAs quantum dot pump, operated at zero source-drain bias voltage with a single AC-modulated gate at 340 MHz driving the pump cycle. By comparison with a reference current derived from primary standards, we show that the electron transfer accuracy is better than 15 parts per million. High-resolution studies of the dependence of the pump current on the quantum dot tuning parameters also reveal possible deviations from a model used to describe the pumping cycle.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Quantum Phenomena
Quantum Phenomena > Nanophysics
Identification number/DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/12/7/073013
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:15
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4976

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