Large transconductance oscillations in a single-well vertical Aharonov-Bohm interferometer
Vincenzo Piazza, Fabio Beltram, Werner Wegscheider, Chi-Te Liang, M. Pepper
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter)
Aharonov-Bohm (AB) interference is reported for the first time in the conductance of a vertical nanostructure based on a single GaAs/AlGaAs quantum well (QW). The two lowest subbands of the well are spatially separated by the Hartree barrier originating from electronic repulsion in the modulation-doped QW and provide AB two-path geometry. Split-gates control the in-plane electronic momentum dispersion. In our system, we have clearly demonstrated AB interference in both electrostatic and
... modes. In the latter case the magnetic field was applied parallel to the QW plane, and perpendicular to the 0.02 um^2 AB loop. In the electrostatic mode of operation the single-QW scheme adopted led to large transconductance oscillations with relative amplitudes exceeding 30 %. The relevance of the present design strategy for the implementation of coherent nanoelectronic devices is underlined.