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Nanoelectromechanics of shuttle devices


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A single-electron tunneling (SET) device with a nanoscale
central island that can move with respect to the bulk sourceand
drain electrodes allows for a nanoelectromechanical
(NEM) coupling between the electrical current through the device
and the mechanical vibrations of the island. Although
the electromechanical “shuttle” instability and the associated
phenomenon of single-electron shuttling were predicted more
than 15 years ago, both theoretical and experimental studies
of NEM-SET structures are still carried out. New functionalities
based on quantum coherence, Coulomb correlations and
coherent electron-spin dynamics are still of particular interest.
In this article we present a short review of recent activities in
this area.



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    SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
  • Department of Applied Physics,
    Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg,Sweden
  • B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering
    of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 47 Lenin Ave.,
    Kharkov 61103, Ukraine
  • Physical Department, V. N. Karazin National University,
    Kharkov 61077, Ukraine
  • The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics,
    Strada Costiera 11, 1-34151 Trieste, Italy
  • B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering
    of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 47 Lenin Ave.,
    Kharkov 61103, Ukraine
  • Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg,
    SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
  • SUPA, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences,
    Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK
  • Department of Physics, Division of Quantum Phases and Devices,
    Konkuk University, Seoul 143-701, Korea


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