On the noise induced by the measurement of the THz electrical current in quantum devices

D. Marian, X. Oriols, N. Zanghí

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Abstract

© 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and SISSA Medialab srl. From a quantum point of view, it is mandatory to include the measurement process when predicting the time evolution of a quantum system. In this paper, a model to treat the measurement of the terahertz (THz) electrical current in quantum devices is presented. The explicit interaction of a quantum system with an external measuring apparatus is analyzed through the unambiguous notion of the Bohmian conditional wave function, the wave function of a subsystem. It it shown that such a THz quantum measurement process can be modeled as a weak measurement: the systems su?er a small perturbation due to the apparatus, but the current is measured with a great uncertainty. This uncertainty implies that a new source of noise appears at THz frequencies. Numerical (quantum Monte Carlo) experiments are performed confirming the weak character of this measurement. This work also indicates that at low frequencies this noise is negligible and it can be ignored. From a classical point of view, the origin of this noise due to the measurement at THz frequencies can be attributed to the plasmonic effect of those electrons at the contacts (by interpreting the contacts themselves as part of the measuring apparatus).
Original languageEnglish
Article number054011
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Volume2016
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Current fluctuations
  • Mesoscopic systems (theory)
  • Quantum transport

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