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Heidi Potts

Position:    PostDoc

E-mail:    heidi.potts*
Phone:    +46 (0)46-2224369
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Room:    B107
Address:    Professorsgatan 1
22363 Lund

University:    Lund University
Division:    Solid State Physics
Research Area(s):    Materials Science
Quantum Physics
Nanoelectronics- & photonics
Interests:    InAs nanowires, crystal phase QDs, Kondo transport, g-factor manipulation



I am currently investigating the interaction of spins and electrons in parallel-couple quantum dots (QDs). Recent advances in crystal phase engineering allow to create a QD consisting of a thin zinc-blende section between two wurtzite tunnel barriers in InAs nanowires [1]. Such a QD can be split into two parallel coupled QDs using two local sidegates and a global backgate. This system can be considered an artificial molecule, for which the electron population on the two dots can be changed separately, and the tunnel coupling between the two dots can be tuned [2,3,4].

a) Device schematic of a parallel-coupled crystal phase QD in an InAs nanowire. b) Honeycomb stability diagram schematic.

At the moment our focus lies on QDs with transparent tunnel barriers. This allows us to study both the well-known spin-1/2 Kondo effect, as well as the orbital Kondo effect which is unique in parallel-coupled QDs. We further investigate co-tunneling transport to study the effective g-factor. In certain conditions we find a huge orbital contribution to the g-factor, resulting in values above 40. Finally we also study the formation of singlet and triplet states when two electrons are present in the QDs.

a) Schematic of different transport mechanisms. b) Honeycomb stability diagram. c)-d) Stability diagram recorded along the green vector at B=0T and B=1T. The spin and orbital Kondo effect can be observed.

[1] M. Nilsson et al. PRB 93, 195423 (2016)
[2] M. Nilsson et al. Nano Letters 17, 7847 (2017)
[3] M. Nilsson et al. PRL 121, 156802 (2018)
[4] C. Thelander et al. PRB 98, 245305 (2018)

Recent publications:

Electrical control of spins and giant g-factors in ring-like coupled quantum dots. arxiv:1905.06616

Tilting catalyst-free InAs nanowires by 3D- twinning and unusual growth directions. Crystal Growth & Design 17, 3596 (2017)

Tuning growth direction of catalyst-free InAs(Sb) nanowires with indiumdroplets. Nanotechnology 28, 054001 (2017)

FromTwinning to Pure Zincblende Catalyst-Free InAs(Sb) Nanowires. Nano Letters 16, 637 (2016)

A complete list of publications can be found on ResearchGate.

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