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Simulations of interference effects in gated two-dimensional ballistic electron systems

A. P. Jauho, K. N. Pichugin, A. F. Sadreev

Published 1999-01-16Version 1

We present detailed simulations addressing recent electronic interference experiments, where a metallic gate is used to locally modify the Fermi wave-length of the charge carriers. Our numerical calculations are based on a solution of the one-particle Schroedinger equation for a realistic model of the actual sample geometry, including a Poisson equation based determination of the potential due to the gate. The conductance is determined with the multiprobe Landauer-Buettiker formula, and in general we find conductance vs. gate voltage characteristics which closely resemble the experimental traces. A detailed examination based on quantum mechanical streamlines suggests that the simple one-dimensional semiclassical model often used to describe the experiments has only a limited range of validity, and that certain 'unexpected' periodicities should not be assigned any particular significance, they arise due to the complicated multiple scattering processes occurring in certain sample geometries.

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Categories: cond-mat.mes-hall
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