Keyser, U. F. and Fühner, C. and Borck, S. and Haug, R. J. and Bichler, Max and Abstreiter, Gerhard and Wegscheider, Werner
Kondo Effect in a Few-Electron Quantum Ring.
Physical Review Letters 90 (19), p. 196601.
A small quantum ring with less than ten electrons was studied by transport spectroscopy. For strong coupling to the leads a Kondo effect is observed and used to characterize the spin structure of the system in a wide range of magnetic fields. At small magnetic fields Aharonov-Bohm oscillations influenced by Coulomb interaction appear. They exhibit phase jumps by π at the Coulomb-blockade resonances. Inside Coulomb-blockade valleys the Aharonov-Bohm oscillations can also be studied due to the finite conductance caused by the Kondo effect. Astonishingly, the maxima of the oscillations show linear shifts with increasing magnetic field and gate voltage.