We fabricated a quantum dot coupled laterally to a two-dimensional electron gas and vertically to a three-dimensional electron gas in order to investigate the eigenstate dependence of tunneling rate to these gases. We observed a bias-dependent "geometric" current blockade. By tunneling via the asymmetric couplings, population inversion is induced and a dark metastable triplet state is revealed. The metastable state stops the current transport process, suppresses the current, and asymmetrically widens the Coulomb diamond. By analyzing the current as a function of source-drain and gate voltage and the magnetic field, we concluded that this effect is due to the geometric shape of the electronic states in the dot and the current is limited by the tunneling rate due to the eigenstates, that is, artificial σ coupling and π coupling.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Nov 7|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics