Quantum transport and counting statistics in closed systems Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract A current can be induced in a closed device by changing control parameters. The amount Q of particles that are transported via a path of motion is characterized by its expectation value< Q>, and by its variance Var (Q). We show that quantum mechanics invalidates some common conceptions about this statistics. We first consider the process of a double path crossing, which is the prototype example for counting statistics in multiple path non-trivial geometry. We find out that contrary to the common expectation, this process does not lead to partition noise. Then we analyze a full stirring cycle that consists of a sequence of two Landau–Zener crossings. We find out that quite generally counting statistics and occupation statistics become unrelated, and that quantum interference affects them in different ways.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010