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Phys Rev Lett. 2001 Jul 23;87(4):046802. Epub 2001 Jul 6.

Direct link between Coulomb blockade and shot noise in a quantum-coherent structure.

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  • 1Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada C-V, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid, Spain.


We analyze the current-voltage characteristic of a quantum conduction channel coupled to an electromagnetic environment with arbitrary frequency-dependent impedance. In the weak blockade regime the correction to the Ohmic behavior is directly related to the channel current fluctuations, vanishing at perfect transmission in the same way as shot noise. This relation can be generalized to describe the environmental Coulomb blockade in a generic mesoscopic conductor coupled to an external impedance, as the response of the latter to the current fluctuations in the former.

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