Luttinger-liquid behavior in weakly disordered quantum wires

E. Levy, A. Tsukernik, M. Karpovski, A. Palevski, B. Dwir, E. Pelucchi, A. Rudra, E. Kapon, Y. Oreg

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We have measured the temperature dependence of the conductance in long V-groove quantum wires fabricated in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. Our data are consistent with recent theories developed within the framework of the Luttinger-liquid model, in the limit of weakly disordered wires. We show that, for the relatively low level of disorder in our quantum wires, the value of the interaction parameter g≠0.66, which is the expected value for GaAs. However, samples with a higher level of disorder show conductance with stronger temperature dependence, which does not allow their treatment in the framework of perturbation theory. Fitting such data with perturbation-theory models leads inevitably to wrong (lower) values of g.

Original languageEnglish
Article number196802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 2006


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