J. Phys. II France
Volume 5, Numéro 9, September 1995
Page(s) 1257 - 1262
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1995180
J. Phys. II France 5 (1995) 1257-1262

Different Transmission Regimes of Two Quantum Point Contacts in a Magnetic Field

V. Marigliano Ramaglia, F. Ventriglia and G.P. Zucchelli

Dipartimento di Scienze, Università di Napoli e I.N.F.M., Mostra d'Oltremare Pad. 19, 80125 Napoli, Italy

(Received 26 June 1995, accepted 28 July 1995)

We calculate how the Aharonov-Bohm transmission oscillations of a cavity formed by two quantum point contacts superimpose on those induced by a magnetic field in a single point contact. The series of two Quantum Point Contacts (QPCs) amplifies in an irregular, noisy way the magnetic field induced transmission oscillations of a single QPC. The total transmission, given by the Airy formula, shows a great sensitivity to the values of the parameters of the barrier representing the QPC. However the system cannot exhibit a deterministic chaotic behaviour: the Airy formula corresponds to a linear map in the complex plane of the transmitted amplitude. We have a coherent transport in a structure with two characteristic lengths: the length L of the cavity and that of its walls, L0. When these lengths are close each other, the transmission as a function of the field shows a disordered look. On the contrary if L is much larger than L0, the transmission oscillations of the single quantum point contact, due to phase vortices trapped within the walls, simply modulate and make more regular the real Aharonov-Bohm oscillations of the cavity.

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