Origins of conductance anomalies in a p-type GaAs quantum point contact

Y. Komijani, M. Csontos, T. Ihn, K. Ensslin, Y. Meir, D. Reuter, A. D. Wieck

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Abstract

Low-temperature transport measurements on a p-GaAs quantum point contact are presented which reveal the presence of a conductance anomaly that is markedly different from the conventional "0.7 anomaly." A lateral shift by asymmetric gating of the conducting channel is utilized to identify and separate different conductance anomalies of local and generic origins experimentally. While the more generic 0.7 anomaly is not directly affected by changing the gate configuration, a model is proposed which attributes the additional conductance features to a gate-dependent coupling of the propagating states to localized states emerging due to a nearby potential imperfection. Finite bias conductivity measurements reveal the interplay between the two anomalies consistently with a two-impurity Kondo model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245406
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume87
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Jun 2013

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