Low Temperature Physics: 40, 600 (2014); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4887060
Физика Низких Температур: Том 40, Выпуск 7 (Июль 2014), c. 775-792    ( к оглавлению , назад )

Electronic spin working mechanically (Review Article)

R.I. Shekhter1, L.Y. Gorelik2, I.V. Krive3,4, M.N. Kiselev5, S.I. Kulinich3, A.V. Parafilo3, K. Kikoin6, and M. Jonson1,7,8

1Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
E-mail: shekhter@physics.gu.se

2Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

3B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
47 Lenin Ave., Kharkov 61103, Ukraine

4Physical Department, V.N. Karazin National University, Kharkov 61077, Ukraine

5The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Strada Costiera 11, Trieste 1-34151, Italy

6School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel

7SUPA, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK

8Department of Physics, Division of Quantum Phases and Devices, Konkuk University, Seoul 143-701, Korea

Received March 4, 2014, revised March 27, 2014


A single-electron tunneling (SET) device with a nanoscale central island that can move with respect to the bulk source- and drain electrodes allows for a nanoelectromechanical (NEM) coupling between the electrical current through the device and mechanical vibrations of the island. Although an electromechanical “shuttle” instability and the associated phenomenon of single-electron shuttling were predicted more than 15 years ago, both theoretical and experimental studies of NEM-SET structures are still carried out. New functionalities based on quantum coherence, Coulomb correlations and coherent electron-spin dynamics are of particular current interest. In this article we present a short review of recent activities in this area.

PACS: 81.07.Oj Nanoelectromechanical systems;
PACS: 73.23.Hk Single-electron tunneling.

Key words: electron-spin dynamics, single-electron shuttle, Kondo effect.

Published online: May 21, 2014