How to measure the transmission phase through a quantum dot in a two-terminal interferometer Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Measurement of the transmission phase through a quantum dot (QD) embedded in an arm of a two-terminal Aharonov-Bohm (AB) interferometer is inhibited by phase symmetry, ie, the property that the linear response conductance of a two-terminal device is an even function of the magnetic field. It is demonstrated that in a setup consisting of an interferometer with a QD in each of its arms, with one of the QDs capacitively coupled to a nearby quantum point contact (QPC), phase symmetry is broken when a finite voltage bias is applied to the QPC. The transmission phase via the uncoupled QD can then be deduced from the amplitude of the odd component of the AB oscillations.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010