Edge-state Blockade of Transport in Quantum Dot Arrays

 

Edge-state Blockade of Transport in Quantum Dot Arrays
M. Benito, M. Niklas, G. Platero and S. Kohler.
Phys. Rev. B 93, 115432 (2016)

figure1We propose a transport blockade mechanism in quantum dot arrays and conducting molecules based on an interplay of Coulomb repulsion and the formation of edge states. As a model we employ a dimer chain that exhibits a topological phase transition. The connection to a strongly biased electron source and drain enables transport. We show that the related emergence of edge states is manifest in the shot noise properties as it is accompanied by a crossover from bunched electron transport to a Poissonian process. For both regions we develop a scenario that can be captured by a rate equation. The resulting analytical expressions for the Fano factor agree well with the numerical solution of a full quantum master equation.

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