Cooling low-dimensional electron systems into the microkelvin regime.
van der Vliet, Harriet
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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Levitin, L. V., van der Vliet, H., Theisen, T., Dimitriadis, S., Lucas, M., Corcoles, A. D., Nyéki, J., et al. (2022). Cooling low-dimensional electron systems into the microkelvin regime.. Nat Commun, 13 (1) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28222-x
Two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) with high mobility, engineered in semiconductor heterostructures host a variety of ordered phases arising from strong correlations, which emerge at sufficiently low temperatures. The 2DEG can be further controlled by surface gates to create quasi-one dimensional systems, with potential spintronic applications. Here we address the long-standing challenge of cooling such electrons to below 1 mK, potentially important for identification of topological phases and spin correlated states. The 2DEG device was immersed in liquid 3He, cooled by the nuclear adiabatic demagnetization of copper. The temperature of the 2D electrons was inferred from the electronic noise in a gold wire, connected to the 2DEG by a metallic ohmic contact. With effective screening and filtering, we demonstrate a temperature of 0.9 ± 0.1 mK, with scope for significant further improvement. This platform is a key technological step, paving the way to observing new quantum phenomena, and developing new generations of nanoelectronic devices exploiting correlated electron states.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K004077/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28222-x
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/334753
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