Readout of a single electron spin in a double quantum dot using a quantum point contact

Jian Ping Zhang, Shi Hua Ouyang, Chi Hang Lam, J. Q. You

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We study the dynamics of a single electron spin in a double quantum dot (DQD) and its readout via a quantum point contact (QPC). We model the system microscopically and derive rate equations for the reduced electron density matrix of the DQD. Two cases with one and two electrons in the DQD are studied. In the one-electron case, with different Zeeman splittings in the two dots, the electron spin states are distinctly characterized by a constant and an oscillatory current through the QPC. In the two-electron case, the readout of the spin state of the electron in one of the dots called the qubit dot is essentially similar after considering hyperfine interactions between the electrons and the nuclear spins of the host materials and a uniform magnetic field applied to the DQD. Moreover, to ensure that an electron is properly injected into the qubit dot, we propose to determine the success of the electron injection from the variations of the QPC current after applying an oscillating magnetic field to the qubit dot.
Original languageEnglish
Article number395206
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Science(all)

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