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Novel Out-of-Equilibrium Spectroscopy Techniques to Explore and Control Quantum Phenomena in Nanocircuits

Objective

We plan to develop and make use of novel out-of-equilibrium spectroscopy techniques that give access to energy transfers in
electronic nanocircuits. The unveiled information will be used to investigate promising quantum phenomena and to explore new
routes to control the mechanisms that limit their potentialities for nanoelectronics.
The proposals backbone is the spectroscopy of the fundamental electronic states energy distribution function f(E) that we
demonstrated this fall 2009: by using a quantum dot as an energy filter, we performed the first measurement of a non-equilibrium
f(E) in a semiconductor nanocircuit. We plan not only to employ it, but also to develop complementary techniques which will further
widen our range of investigation. We anticipate this f(E) toolbox will be crucial for the rising field of out-of-equilibrium mesoscopic
physics.
We will first examine through the unexplored facet of heat transport the quantum Hall effect regimes, which exhibit a large variety
of puzzling many-body quantum phenomena and are of particular interest for their metrology applications and quantum information
potentialities. The planed experiments will be done for various out-of-equilibrium situations, which will permit us to address longstanding
open questions, such as the nature of pertinent excitations, and to test original ways to increase quantum effects.
We will also perform direct energy exchange measurements to investigate the inelastic mechanisms that set the length and energy
scales of coherent and out-of-equilibrium physics in nanocircuits. The novel f(E) spectroscopy will permit us to take advantage of
the two-dimensional electron gas circuits high modularity to study many transport regimes and geometries that remain unexplored
from this revealing viewpoint.

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-StG_20091028
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 454 400
Principal investigator
Frédéric Pierre (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Nizar Larabi (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 454 400
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Principal investigator
Frédéric Pierre (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Nizar Larabi (Mr.)