Special Condensed Matter Seminar: Antonio Štrkalj (ETH Zürich) - “Tunneling into a Finite Luttinger Liquid Coupled to Noisy Capacitive Leads”

Event time: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), Room 52 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Tunneling spectroscopy of one-dimensional interacting wires can be profoundly sensitive to the boundary conditions of the wire. In this talk, I will present recent results [1] where we have analyzed the tunneling spectroscopy of a wire coupled to capacitive metallic leads. Strikingly, with increasing many-body interactions in the wire, the impact of the boundary noise becomes more prominent. This interplay allows for a smooth crossover from standard 1D tunneling signatures into a regime where the tunneling is dominated by the fluctuations at the leads. This regime is characterized by elevated zero-bias tunneling alongside a universal power-law decay at high energies. Furthermore, local tunneling measurements in this regime show a unique spatial dependence that marks the formation of plasmonic standing waves in the wire. Our result offers a tunable method by which to control the boundary effects and measure the interaction strength (Luttinger parameter) within the wire.

[1] A. Štrkalj, M. S. Ferguson, T. M. R. Wolf, I. Levkivskyi, and O. Zilberberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 126802 (2019)

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General Public