Persistent current induced by vacuum fluctuations in a quantum ring
Kibis, O. V.
Shelykh, I. A.
Date of Issue2013
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We study theoretically interaction between electrons in a quantum ring embedded in a microcavity and vacuum fluctuations of electromagnetic field in the cavity. It is shown that the vacuum fluctuations can split electron states of the ring with opposite angular momenta. As a consequence, the ground state of the electron system in the quantum ring can be associated with nonzero electric current. Since a ground-state current flows without dissipation, such a quantum ring gets a magnetic moment and can be treated as an artificial spin.
Physical review B - condensed matter and materials physics
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