Double quantum dot as a spin rotator

Konstantin Kikoin, Yshai Avishai

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It is shown that the low-energy spin states of double quantum dots (DQD’s) with an even electron occupation number N possess a symmetry SO(4) similar to that of a rigid rotator familiar in quantum mechanics (rotational spectra of (formula presented) molecule, electron in Coulomb field, etc). The “hidden symmetry” of the rotator manifests itself in the tunneling properties of the DQD’s. In particular, Kondo resonance may arise under an asymmetric gate voltage in spite of the even-electron occupation of the DQD. Various symmetry properties of a spin rotator in the context of the Kondo effect are discussed, and an experimental realization of this unusual scenario is proposed.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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