Electronic spin working mechanically (Review Article)
Journal article, 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.

spintronics

single electron tunneling

nanoelectromechanics

Author

Robert I. Shekhter

University of Gothenburg

Leonid Gorelik

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

Ilya V. Krive

B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering Nasu

Kharkiv National University

M. N. Kiselev

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Sergeij I. Kulinich

B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering Nasu

Anton V. Parafilo

B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering Nasu

K. Kikoin

Tel Aviv University

Mats Jonson

University of Gothenburg

Low Temperature Physics

1063-777X (ISSN) 1090-6517 (eISSN)

Vol. 40 600-614

Subject Categories

Condensed Matter Physics

DOI

10.1063/1.4887060