Cross correlations in mesoscopic charge detection
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid,
Received in final form: 25 April 2013
Published online: 24 June 2013
We study a tunnel contact that acts as charge detector for a single-electron transistor (SET) focusing on correlations between the detector current and the current through the SET. This system can be described fully by a Markovian master equation for the SET, while electron tunneling in the charge monitor represents a process with a stochastic rate, which can be solved exactly. It turns out that current monitoring is possible as long as the detector current correlates with the currents through either SET barrier. By contrast, correlations with the effective current according to the Ramo-Shockley theorem are not essential. Moreover, we propose the measurement of the SET barrier capacitances.
Key words: Mesoscopic and Nanoscale Systems
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica and Springer-Verlag, 2013