Measuring the Transmission Phase of a Quantum Dot in a Closed Interferometer

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The electron transmission through a closed Aharonov-Bohm mesoscopic solid-state interferometer, with a quantum dot (QD) on one of the paths, is calculated exactly for a simple model. Although the conductance is an even function of the magnetic flux (due to Onsager’s relations), in many cases one can use the measured conductance to extract both the amplitude and the phase of the “intrinsic” transmission amplitude tD=−i|tD|eiαD through the “bare” QD. We also propose to compare this indirect measurement with the (hitherto untested) direct relation sin2(αD)≡|tD|2/max(|tD|2).

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - 16 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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