Cooling of Nanomechanical Resonators by Thermally Activated Single-Electron Transport
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

We show that the vibrations of a nanomechanical resonator can be cooled to near its quantum ground state by tunneling injection of electrons from a scanning tunneling microscope tip. The interplay between two mechanisms for coupling the electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom results in a bias-voltage-dependent difference between the probability amplitudes for vibron emission and absorption during tunneling. For a bias voltage just below the Coulomb blockade threshold, we find that absorption dominates, which leads to cooling corresponding to an average vibron population of the fundamental bending mode of 0.2.

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Fabio Santandrea

Göteborgs universitet

Leonid Gorelik

Chalmers, Teknisk fysik, Kondenserade materiens teori

Robert I. Shekhter

Göteborgs universitet

Mats Jonson

Göteborgs universitet

Physical Review Letters

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

Vol. 106