Electrical control of tunnel coupling between vertically coupled quantum point contacts

S. Ichinokura, T. Hatano, W. Izumida, K. Nagase, Y. Hirayama

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Electrical control of tunnel characteristics is demonstrated in a vertically coupled quantum point contact (VCQPC) formed in a bilayer two-dimensional electron system. In this VCQPC, the geometry of potential is controlled by voltages applied to split-gates, a midline-gate, and a back-gate. In particular, the vertical alignment of upper and lower quantum point contact (QPCs) can be electrically tuned. When the two QPCs are misaligned, coupling appears between all one-dimensional (1D) subbands arising from the two QPCs. The coupling strength between the lowest 1D subbands becomes smaller with increasing misalignment because of the smaller overlap of the wavefunctions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number062106
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 5

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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