Transport Statistics of Interacting Double Dot Systems: Coherent and Non-Markovian Effects
KeywordsCondensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics
Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons
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AbstractWe formalize the derivation of a generalized coarse-graining $n$-resolved master equation by introducing a virtual detector counting the number of transferred charges in single-electron transport. Our approach enables the convenient inclusion of coherences and Lamb shift in counting statistics. As a Markovian example with Lindblad-type density matrices, we consider the Born-Markov-Secular (BMS) approximation which is a special case of the non-Markovian dynamical coarse graining (DCG) approach. For illustration we consider transport through two interacting levels that are either serially or parallelly coupled to two leads held at different chemical potentials. It is shown that the coherences can strongly influence the (frequency-dependent) transport cumulants: In the serial case the neglect of coherences would lead to unphysical currents through disconnected conductors. Interference effects in the parallel setup can cause strong current suppression with giant Fano factors and telegraph-like distribution functions of transferred electrons, which is not found without coherences. We demonstrate that with finite coarse graining times coherences are automatically included and, consequently, the shortcomings of the BMS approximation are resolved.
Comment: 24 pages, 18 figures, updated references, reviewer suggestions included, to appear in PRB
Phys. Rev. B 80, 245107 (2009)