Electronic Aharonov-Bohm effect induced by quantum vibrations
Journal article, 2006

Mechanical displacements of a nanoelectromechanical system shift the electron trajectories and hence perturb phase coherent charge transport through the device. We show theoretically that in the presence of a magnetic field such quantum-coherent displacements may give rise to an Aharonov-Bohm-type of effect. In particular, we demonstrate that quantum vibrations of a suspended carbon nanotube result in a positive nanotube magnetoresistance, which decreases slowly with the increase of temperature. This effect may enable one to detect quantum displacement fluctuations of a nanomechanical device.


Robert I. Shekhter

University of Gothenburg

Leonid Gorelik

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

L.I. Glazman

Mats Jonson

University of Gothenburg

Physical Review Letters

0031-9007 (ISSN) 1079-7114 (eISSN)

Vol. 97 15 156801-

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