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Probing quantum fluctuations of single electronic channels in model interacting systems

Project description

Investigating non-linear quantum systems out of equilibrium

The fluctuation-dissipation theorem is a fundamental principle in physics, linking the response of a system to external disturbances (dissipation) with its natural fluctuations in equilibrium. The theorem offers insight into the microscopic behaviour of macroscopic systems and improves understanding of irreversible processes. Funded by the European Research Council, the NSECPROBE project aims to experimentally test recent theoretical advances generalising the theorem to non-linear quantum systems far from equilibrium. Researchers will investigate such strongly interacting quantum systems, measuring current fluctuations and dissipative responses when these systems are influenced by external forces. Furthermore, the team will develop new methods relying on microwave light that can deal with large impedance values.


The fluctuation-dissipation theorem is a prominent milestone in Physics: It links the dissipative response of a physical system to its fluctuations, and provides a microscopic understanding of macroscopic irreversibility. Recent theoretical advances that have generalized the original fluctuation-dissipation theorem to non-linear quantum systems even far from equilibrium, ask for an experimental test, which is the aim of the project. We will measure the current fluctuations and dissipative response of driven quantum systems whose non-linearity arises from strong interactions. We will exploit the flexibility offered by nano-patterned high purity 2D electron gases in order to realize single electron channels in different regimes: 1/ interacting strongly with a single electromagnetic mode (Dynamical Coulomb Blockade of a quantum point contact), 2/ interacting with a single magnetic impurity (Kondo effect in quantum dots), 3/ driving the 2D gas in the fractional quantum Hall effect where current is carried by strongly correlated 1D channels prototypical of Luttinger liquids. Last, we will address a fundamental issue raised in the early days of quantum mechanics: how long does it take for a particle to cross a classically forbidden barrier? While Wigner-Smith’s theorem links the issue to the density fluctuations within the barrier, the fluctuation-dissipation theorem links it further to a quantum relaxation resistance. A full investigation of fluctuation-dissipation relations including quantum effects requires measurements at frequencies hf>k_BT. With the available dilution refrigeration techniques it implies measuring in the few GHz range. Since quantum conductors have an impedance h/e^2~25.8 kohm much larger than the 50ohm impedance of microwave components, new microwave methods able to deal with large impedance values will be developed. They will be based on the extension to finite magnetic field of the wide-band impedance matching methods recently developed by the PI.



Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
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