Probing the quantum-classical connection with open quantum dots

D. K. Ferry, R. Akis, R. Brunner

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Open quantum dots provide a natural system in which to study both classical and quantum features of transport. From the classical point of view these dots possess a mixed phase space which yields families of closed, regular orbits as well as an expansive sea of chaos. As a closed test bed, they provide a natural system with a very rich set of eigen-states. When coupled to the environment through a pair of quantum point contacts, each of which passes several modes, the original quantum environment evolves into a set of decoherent and coherent states, which eventually couple to the classical states discussed above. The manner of this connection is governed strongly by decoherence theory. The remaining coherent states possess all the properties of pointer states. Here, we discuss the quantum-classical connection and how it appears within the experimental world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysica Scripta
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
StatePublished - Oct 7 2015
EventFrontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics, FQMT 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Jul 29 2013Aug 3 2013


OtherFrontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics, FQMT 2013
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • quantum dots
  • quantum transport
  • semiconductors
  • trajectories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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