Nanoelectromechanics of shuttle devices

R. I. Shekhter, L. Y. Gorelik, I. V. Krive, M. N. Kiselev, A. V. Parafilo, Mats Jonson

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A single-electron tunneling (SET) device with a nanoscale central island that can move with respect to the bulk sourceand drain electrodes allows for a nanoelectromechanical (NEM) coupling between the electrical current through the device and the mechanical vibrations of the island. Although the electromechanical “shuttle” instability and the associated phenomenon of single-electron shuttling were predicted more than 15 years ago, both theoretical and experimental studies of NEM-SET structures are still carried out. New functionalities based on quantum coherence, Coulomb correlations and coherent electron-spin dynamics are still of particular interest. In this article we present a short review of recent activities in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalNanoelectromechanical Systems
Early online date22 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • NEMS
  • shuttling
  • Kondo effect


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