Carrier Spin Dephasing during Spin-Preserving Tunneling in Coupled Quantum Dots
M. Krzykowski, M. Gawełczyk and P. Machnikowski
Department of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeże S. Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
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In this contribution we study carrier tunneling in a system consisting of a pair of coupled quantum dots. We predict the presence of a spin dephasing channel in such a system, which is associated with a "welcher-weg" type of decoherence process occurring during carrier tunneling. In our model such a process is caused by a mismatch of g-factor values in two quantum dots in the presence of external magnetic field. This leads to a mismatch in spin Zeeman splitting between the dots and, in consequence, to the distinguishability of phonons emitted during the tunneling of carriers with opposite spins. Thus we demonstrate a process of spin dephasing without any direct spin-environment coupling present in the model.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.130.1165
PACS numbers: 85.75.-d, 03.65.Yz