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Single-Shot Measurement of Triplet-Singlet Relaxation in a Si/SiGe Double Quantum Dot

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  • J. R. Prance
  • Zhan Shi
  • C. B. Simmons
  • D. E. Savage
  • M. G. Lagally
  • L. R. Schreiber
  • L. M. K. Vandersypen
  • Mark Friesen
  • Robert Joynt
  • S. N. Coppersmith
  • M. A. Eriksson
Article number046808
Journal publication date26/01/2012
JournalPhysical review letters
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


We investigate the lifetime of two-electron spin states in a few-electron Si/SiGe double dot. At the transition between the (1,1) and (0,2) charge occupations, Pauli spin blockade provides a readout mechanism for the spin state. We use the statistics of repeated single-shot measurements to extract the lifetimes of multiple states simultaneously. When the magnetic field is zero, we find that all three triplet states have equal lifetimes, as expected, and this time is similar to 10 ms. When the field is nonzero, the T-0 lifetime is unchanged, whereas the T_ lifetime increases monotonically with the field, reaching 3 sec at 1 T.