Low energy dynamics of two-dimensional lateral tunnel junctions

P. Jiang, I. Yang, W. Kang, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. Baldwin, K. W. West

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We report on the low temperature tunneling characteristics of two-dimensional lateral tunnel junctions (2DLTJs) consisting of two coplanar two-dimensional electron systems separated by an in-plane tunnel barrier. The tunneling conductance of the 2DLTJ exhibits a characteristic dip at small voltages-consistent with the phenomenon of zero-bias anomaly in low-dimensional tunnel junctions-and a broad conductance peak at the Coulombic energy scale. The conductance peak remains robust under magnetic fields well into the quantum Hall regime. We identify the broad conductance maxima as the signature of the pseudogap in the tunneling density of states below the characteristic Coulomb interaction energy of the 2DLTJ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-205
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • 2D electrons
  • Coulomb interaction
  • Tunneling


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