Reference : Transport and interaction blockade of cold bosonic atoms in a triple-well potential
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Transport and interaction blockade of cold bosonic atoms in a triple-well potential
Schlagheck, Peter mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de physique > Physique quantique statistique >]
Malet, F. [> > > >]
Cremon, J. C. [> > > >]
Reimann, S. M. [> > > >]
New Journal of Physics
Institute of Physics
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] We theoretically investigate the transport properties of cold bosonic atoms in a quasi-one-dimensional (1D) triple-well potential that consists of two large outer wells, which act as microscopic source and drain reservoirs, and a small inner well, which represents a quantum-dot-like scattering region. Bias and gate 'voltages' introduce a time-dependent tilt of the triple-well configuration, and are used to shift the energetic level of the inner well with respect to the outer ones. By means of exact diagonalization considering a total number of six atoms in the triple-well potential, we find diamond-like structures for the occurrence of single-atom transport in the parameter space spanned by the bias and gate voltages. We discuss the analogy with Coulomb blockade in electronic quantum dots, and point out how one can infer the interaction energy in the central well from the distance between the diamonds.

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