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One by one single-electron transport in nanomechanical Coulomb blockade shuttle

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  • Yasuo Azuma
  • Teruyoshi Hatanaka
  • Masayuki Kanehara
  • Toshiharu Teranishi
  • Simon Chorley
  • Jonathan Prance
  • Charles G. Smith
  • Yutaka Majima
Article number053120
Journal publication date30/07/2007
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Number of pages3
Original languageEnglish


Transport of electrons through a Au nanodot has been observed under a nanomechanical vibration of a Au nanodot on cantilever that consists of scanning tunneling microscopy probe/vacuum/Au nanodot/cantilever. In the probe tunneling current-distance characteristics, a constant probe current of 2ef has been observed as a plateau region, where f is an eigenfrequency of the cantilever of 86 MHz. The authors discuss this quantized tunneling current in relation to one by one single-electron transport per cycle of operation in nanomechanical Coulomb blockade shuttle.