Probing quantum phase transitions in a spin chain with a double quantum dot

Yun Pil Shim, Sangchul Oh, Jianjia Fei, Xuedong Hu, Mark Friesen

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Quantum phase transitions (QPTs) in qubit systems are known to produce singularities in the entanglement, which could in turn be used to probe the QPT. Recent proposals have suggested that the QPT in a spin chain could be probed via the entanglement between external qubits coupled to the spin chain. Such experiments may be technically challenging, because the probe qubits are nonlocal. Here we show that a double quantum dot coupled locally to a spin chain provides an alternative and efficient probe of a QPT. To demonstrate this method in a simple geometry, we propose an experiment to observe a QPT in a triple quantum dot, based on the well-known singlet projection technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155405
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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