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Friday, 03 April, 2009

Quantum Criticality Perspective on the Charging of Narrow Quantum-Dot Levels

V. Kashcheyevs, C. Karrasch, T. Hecht, A. Weichselbaum, V. Meden, and A. Schiller -
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 136805 (2009)

Understanding the charging of exceptionally narrow levels in quantum dots in the presence of interactions remains a challenge within mesoscopic physics. We address this fundamental question in the generic model of a narrow level capacitively coupled to a broad one. Using bosonization we show that for arbitrary capacitive coupling charging can be described by an analogy to the magnetization in the anisotropic Kondo model, featuring a low-energy crossover scale that depends in a power-law fashion on the tunneling amplitude to the level. Explicit analytical expressions for the exponent are derived and confirmed by detailed numerical and functional renormalization-group calculations.

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