The impact of disorder on charge transport in three dimensional quantum dot resonant tunneling structures

B. Puthen-Veettil*, R. Patterson, D. König, G. Conibeer, M. A. Green

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Efficient iso-entropic energy filtering of electronic waves can be realized through nanostructures with three dimensional confinement, such as quantum dot resonant tunneling structures. Large-area deployment of such structures is useful for energy selective contacts but such configuration is susceptible to structural disorders. In this work, the transport properties of quantum-dot-based wide-area resonant tunneling structures, subject to realistic disorder mechanisms, are studied. Positional variations of the quantum dots are shown to reduce the resonant transmission peaks while size variations in the device are shown to reduce as well as broaden the peaks. Increased quantum dot size distribution also results in a peak shift to lower energy which is attributed to large dots dominating transmission. A decrease in barrier thickness reduces the relative peak height while the overall transmission increases dramatically due to lower "series resistance." While any shift away from ideality can be intuitively expected to reduce the resonance peak, quantification allows better understanding of the tolerances required for fabricating structures based on resonant tunneling phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Article number163707
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


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