Nonadiabatic rectification and current reversal in electron pumps
Journal article, 2012
Pumping of electrons through nanoscale devices is one of the fascinating achievements in the field of nanoscience with a wide range of applications. To optimize the performance of pumps, operating them at high frequencies is mandatory. We consider the influence of fast periodic driving on the average charge transferred through a quantum dot. We show that it is possible to reverse the average current by sweeping the driving frequency only. In connection with this, we observe a rectification of the average current for high frequencies. Since both effects are very robust, as corroborated by analytical results for harmonic driving, they offer a new way of controlling electron pumps.