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Electron cotunneling through doubly occupied quantum dots: effect of spin configuration

Jian Lan and Weidong Sheng*

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Department of Physics, Furan University, Shanghai 200433, PR China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:251  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-251

Published: 23 March 2011


A microscopic theory is presented for electron cotunneling through doubly occupied quantum dots in the Coulomb blockade regime. Beyond the semiclassic framework of phenomenological models, a fully quantum mechanical solution for cotunneling of electrons through a one-dimensional quantum dot is obtained using a quantum transmitting boundary method without any fitting parameters. It is revealed that the cotunneling conductance exhibits strong dependence on the spin configuration of the electrons confined inside the dot. Especially for the triplet configuration, the conductance shows an obvious deviation from the well-known quadratic dependence on the applied bias voltage. Furthermore, it is found that the cotunneling conductance reveals more sensitive dependence on the barrier width than the height.