Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 70 Issue 2 February 2008 pp 279-284 Contributed papers
The Coulomb blockade (CB) in quantum dots (QDs) is by now well documented. It has been used to guide the fabrication of single electron transistors. Even the most sophisticated techniques for synthesizing QDs (e.g. MOCVD/MBE) result in an assembly in which a certain amount of disorder is inevitable. On the other hand, theoretical approaches to CB limit themselves to an analysis of a single QD. In the present work we consider two types of disorders: (i) size disorder; e.g. QDs have a distribution of sizes which could be unimodal or bimodal in nature. (ii) Potential disorder with the confining potential assuming a variety of shapes depending on growth condition and external fields. We assume a Gaussian distribution in disorder in both size and potential and employ a simplified mean field theory. To do this we rely on the scaling laws for the CB (also termed as Hubbard 𝑈) obtained for an isolated QD . We analyze the distribution in the Hubbard 𝑈 as a consequence of disorder and observe that Coulomb blockade is partially suppressed by the disorder. Further, the distribution in 𝑈 is a skewed Gaussian with enhanced broadening.
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