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J Phys Condens Matter. 2009 Aug 26;21(34):344203. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/34/344203. Epub 2009 Jul 27.

Transmission and scarring in graphene quantum dots.

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Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA.


We study electronic transport in quantum-dot structures made of graphene. Focusing on the rectangular dot geometry and utilizing the non-equilibrium Green's function to calculate the transmission in the tight-binding framework, we find significant fluctuations in the transmission as a function of the electron energy. The fluctuations are correlated with the formation of quantum scarring states, or pointer states in the dot. Both enhancement and suppression of transmission have been observed. As the size of the quantum dot is increased, more scarring states can be formed, leading to stronger transmission or conductance fluctuations.

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