Abstract
In a universal quantum computer, coherent control over the state of a quantum mechanical twolevel system is needed. This requires interactions of the quantum state with its environment. Inherently, such interactions also lead to decoherence and thus limit the performance of the quantum computer. A profound knowledge of the relevant interaction mechanisms is therefore key to the realization of a quantum computer.
In this thesis we use GeSi coreshell nanowires to investigate holes confined to one dimension. Mixing of heavy and light hole states leads to a strong, anisotropic spinorbit interaction in this system. We define highly stable quantum dots of different lengths in the nanowire and controllably split up longer quantum dots into double quantum dots. The effective gfactor in these onedimensional hole quantum dots is found to be highly anisotropic with respect to the nanowire axis as well as the electricfield axis. In double quantum dots, we observe shell filling of new orbitals and Pauli spin blockade of the second hole entering the orbital. The leakage current in the spinblocked state is highly anisotropic with spinflip cotunnelling as the dominant leakage mechanism. At finite magnetic fields, we also find signatures of leakage current induced by spinorbit coupling and anisotropic Coulomb effects.
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Award date  24 Mar 2016 
Place of Publication  Enschede 
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Print ISBNs  9789036540827 
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Publication status  Published  24 Mar 2016 
Keywords
 METIS316214
 EWI27016
 IR100012
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Brauns, M. (2016). Hole spins in GESI nanowires. Enschede: Universiteit Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036540827