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Direct Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Interaction in a Two-Electron InAs Nanowire Quantum Dot

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1-266801
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Physical Review Letters
Volym: 98
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: American Physical Society


We demonstrate control of the electron number down to the last electron in tunable few-electron quantum dots defined in catalytically grown InAs nanowires. Using low temperature transport spectroscopy in the Coulomb blockade regime, we propose a method to directly determine the magnitude of the spin-orbit interaction in a two-electron artificial atom with strong spin-orbit coupling. Because of a large effective g factor |g*|=8±1, the transition from a singlet S to a triplet T+ ground state with increasing magnetic field is dominated by the Zeeman energy rather than by orbital effects. We find that the spin-orbit coupling mixes the T+ and S states and thus induces an avoided crossing with magnitude ΔSO=0.25±0.05 meV. This allows us to calculate the spin-orbit length λSO≈127 nm in such systems using a simple model.


  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • ISSN: 1079-7114

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