We study the resistance of narrow AlGaAs/GaAs in-plane gate quantum wires versus gate voltage and magnetic field at 1.2 K. A practical method of determining the effective width of the wire is presented. A transition to boundary dominant scattering occurs as the effective width is decreased and becomes comparable to the mean free path. Beyond this transition, an alternative mean free path, l = αW, is used. Results for effective width compare well to those from the estimate due to the onset of Landau quantization at W ≈ rC. The in-plane gate structure is proposed as a suitable system for studying mesoscopic phenomena, specifically the scaling of universal conductance fluctuations.
- Effective width
- In-plane gate
- Quantum wire
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering