Transport of Interacting Electrons Through a Quantum Dot in Nanowires

  • Igor V. Gornyi
  • Dmitri G. Polyakov
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 658)


We generalize the fermionic renormalization group method to analytically describe transport through a double barrier structure in a one-dimensional system. Focusing on the case of weakly interacting electrons, we investigate thoroughly the dependence of the conductance on the strength and the shape of the double barrier for arbitrary temperature T, down to zero T. We systematically analyze the contributions to renormalized scattering amplitudes from characteristic scales absent in the case of a single impurity, without restricting the consideration to the model of a single resonant level. Both a sequential resonant tunneling for high T and a resonant transmission for T smaller than the resonance width are studied within the unified treatment of transport through strong barriers. For weak barriers, we show that two different regimes are possible. Moderately weak impurities get strong due to the renormalization, so that transport is described in terms of theory for initially strong barriers. The renormalization of very weak impurities does not yield any peak in the transmission probability; however, remarkably, the interaction gives rise to a sharp peak in the conductance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor V. Gornyi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dmitri G. Polyakov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT), Postfach 3640KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical InstituteSt.PetersburgRussia

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