Periodic and aperiodic bunching in the addition spectra of quantum dots

N. B. Zhitenev, R. C. Ashoori, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West

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We study electron addition spectra of quantum dots in a broad range of electron occupancies starting from the first electron. Spectra for dots containing < 200 electrons reveal a surprising feature. Electron additions are not evenly spaced in gate voltage. Rather, they group into bunches. With an increasing number of electrons the bunching evolves from occurring randomly to periodically at about every 5th electron. The periodicity of the bunching and features in electron tunneling rates suggest that the bunching is associated with electron additions into spatially distinct regions within the dots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2308-2311
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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