Thursday, 26 October, 2006
A double-dot quantum ratchet driven by an independently biased quantum point contact
V.S.Khrapai, S.Ludwig, J.P.Kotthaus, H.P.Tranitz and W.Wegscheider -
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 176803 (2006)
We study a double quantum dot (DQD) coupled to a strongly biased quantum point contact (QPC), each embedded in independent electric circuits. For weak interdot tunneling we observe a finite current flowing through the Coulomb blockaded DQD in response to a strong bias on the QPC. The direction of the current through the DQD is determined by the relative detuning of the energy levels of the two quantum dots. The results are interpreted in terms of a quantum ratchet phenomenon in a DQD energized by a nearby QPC.