Relaxation, dephasing, and quantum control of electron spins in double quantum dots

J. M. Taylor, J. R. Petta, A. C. Johnson, A. Yacoby, C. M. Marcus, M. D. Lukin

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Recent experiments have demonstrated quantum manipulation of two-electron spin states in double quantum dots using electrically controlled exchange interactions. Here we present a detailed theory for electron-spin dynamics in two-electron double-dot systems that was used to guide those experiments and analyze the results. Specifically, we analyze both spin- and charge-relaxation and dephasing mechanisms that are relevant to experiments and discuss practical approaches for quantum control of two-electron systems. We show that both charge and spin dephasing play important roles in the dynamics of the two-spin system, but neither represents a fundamental limit for electrical control of spin degrees of freedom in semiconductor quantum bits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035315
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 13 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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