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Equilibration of quantum Hall edge states by an Ohmic contact

Published in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter. 2013, vol. 88, no. 16
Abstract Ohmic contacts are crucial elements of electron optics that have not received a clear theoretical description yet. We propose a model of an Ohmic contact as a piece of metal of the finite capacitance C attached to a quantum Hall edge. It is shown that charged quantum Hall edge states may have weak coupling to neutral excitations in an Ohmic contact. Consequently, despite being a reservoir of neutral excitations, an Ohmic contact is not able to efficiently equilibrate edge states if its temperature is smaller than ℏΩc, where Ωc is the inverse RC time of the contact. This energy scale for a floating contact may become as large as the single-electron charging energy e2/C
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SLOBODENIUK, Artur, LEVKIVSKYI, Ivan, SUKHORUKOV, Eugene. Equilibration of quantum Hall edge states by an Ohmic contact. In: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, 2013, vol. 88, n° 16. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.165307 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:36330

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