Condensed Matter Theory   Universität Basel
Dr. Jörg Lehmann

Cotunneling current through quantum dots with phonon-assisted spin-flip processes

J. Lehmann and D. Loss

Phys. Rev. B 73, 045328 (2006)

Preprint: arXiv:cond-mat/0509420

We consider cotunneling through a quantum dot in the presence of spin-flip processes induced by the coupling to acoustic phonons of the surrounding. An expression for the phonon-assisted cotunneling current is derived by means of a generalized Schrieffer-Wolff transformation. The influence of the spin-phonon coupling on the heating of the dot is considered. The result is evaluated for the case of a parabolic semiconductor quantum dot with Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling and a novel method for the determination of the spin-phonon relaxation rate is proposed.

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