Monday, 10 May, 2010
Phonon-Mediated versus Coulombic Backaction in Quantum Dot Circuits
D. Harbusch, D. Taubert, H. P. Tranitz, W. Wegscheider and S. Ludwig -
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 196801 (2010)
Quantum point contacts (QPCs) are commonly employed to detect capacitively the charge state of coupled quantum dots (QDs). An indirect backaction of a biased QPC onto a double QD laterally defined in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure is observed. Energy is emitted by nonequilibrium charge carriers in the leads of the biased QPC. Part of this energy is absorbed by the double QD where it causes charge fluctuations that can be observed under certain conditions in its stability diagram. By investigating the spectrum of the absorbed energy, we find that both acoustic phonons and Coulomb interaction can be involved in the backaction, depending on the geometry and coupling constants.