Project C10: Phys. Rev. B 2018

Weak localization of magnons in chiral magnets

We report on the impact of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction on the coherent backscattering of spin waves in a disordered magnetic material. This interaction breaks the inversion symmetry of the spin-wave dispersion relation, such that ωk2KIk ≠ ωk, where KI is related to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya vectors. The nonequivalence of k and −k also means that time-reversal symmetry is broken. As a result of numerical investigations we find that the...

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Project C03: Phys. Rev. B 2018

Finite frequency current noise in the Holstein model

We investigate the effects of local vibrational excitations in the nonsymmetrized current noise S(ω) of a nanojunction. For this purpose, we analyze a simple model—the Holstein model—in which the junction is described by a single electronic level that is coupled to two metallic leads and to a single vibrational mode. Using the Keldysh Green's function technique, we calculate the nonsymmetrized current noise to the leading order in the...

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Project A08: Phys. Rev. B 2018

Transmission eigenchannels for coherent phonon transport

We present a procedure to determine transmission eigenchannels for coherent phonon transport in nanoscale devices using the framework of nonequilibrium Green's functions. We illustrate our procedure by analyzing a one-dimensional chain, where all steps can be carried out analytically. More importantly, we show how the procedure can be combined with ab initio calculations to provide a better understanding of phonon heat transport in...

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Project C13: Phys. Rev. B 2018

Plasmon polaritons in cubic lattices of spherical metallic nanoparticles

We theoretically investigate plasmon polaritons in cubic lattices of spherical metallic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles, each supporting triply-degenerate localized surface plasmons, couple through the Coulomb dipole-dipole interaction, giving rise to collective plasmons that extend over the whole metamaterial. The latter hybridize with photons forming plasmon polaritons, which are the hybrid light-matter eigenmodes of...

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Project B06: Phys. Rev. B 2018

High-fidelity quantum gates in Si/SiGe double quantum dots

Motivated by recent experiments of Zajac et al. [Science 359, 439 (2018)], we theoretically describe high-fidelity two-qubit gates using the exchange interaction between the spins in neighboring quantum dots subject to a magnetic field gradient. We use a combination of analytical calculations and numerical simulations to provide the optimal pulse sequences and parameter settings for the gate operation. We present a synchronization...

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Project B02: Phys. Rev. B 2018

Charge and spin control of ultrafast electron and hole dynamics in single CdSe/ZnSe quantum dots

We study the dynamics of photoexcited electrons and holes in single negatively charged CdSe/ZnSe quantum dots with two-color femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. An initial characterization of the energy level structure is performed at low temperatures and magnetic fields of up to 5 T. Emission and absorption resonances are assigned to specific transitions between few-fermion states by a theoretical...

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Project C14: Nanoscale 2018

Charge transport in a single molecule transistor probed by scanning tunneling microscopy

We report on the scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) study of cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) molecules deposited onto a back-gated graphene device. We observe a clear gate voltage (Vg) dependence of the energy position of the features originating from the molecular states. Based on the analysis of the energy shifts of the molecular features upon tuning Vg, we are able to determine the nature...

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Project A01: Nature-Scientific Reports 2017

Topological guiding of elastic waves in phononic metamaterials based on 2D pentamode
structures

A topological state with protected propagation of elastic waves is achieved by appropriately engineering a phononic metamaterial based on 2D pentamode structures in silicon. Gapless edge states in the designed structure, which are characterized by pseudospin-dependent transport, provide backscattering-immune propagation of the elastic wave along bend paths. The role of the states responsible for...

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Project CO2: Nanotechnology 2017

Superconducting properties of lithographic lead break junctions

We have fabricated mechanically controlled break junction samples made of lead (Pb) by means of state-of-the-art nanofabrication methods: electron beam lithography and physical vapour deposition. The electrical and magnetic properties were characterized in a  cryostat and showed a hard superconducting gap. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of tunnel contacts were compared and quantitatively described by including either...

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Project B06: Phys. Rev. Lett. 2017

Holonomic Quantum Control by Coherent Optical Excitation in Diamond

Although geometric phases in quantum evolution are historically overlooked, their active control now stimulates strategies for constructing robust quantum technologies. Here, we demonstrate arbitrary single-qubit holonomic gates from a single cycle of nonadiabatic evolution, eliminating the need to concatenate two separate cycles. Our method varies the amplitude, phase, and detuning of a two-tone optical field to control the...

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