Generic temporal quantization criterion in dynamic resonant tunneling for current suppression

Er'el Granot, Gilad Zangwill

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It is well known that resonant tunneling can significantly increase the tunneling current when the incident particle's energy (Ω) is equal to the resonant energy (ΩR). However, recent studies have shown that complex current structures can emerge when the resonant energy varies in time. While these temporal variations typically increase the current, there is a specific condition under which the current is significantly suppressed. This condition, which has previously only been presented for specific cases, is characterized by the equation [Formula presented] for =1,2,…, where t1,2 are the solutions of ΩR(t1,2)=Ω. In this paper, we present for the first time a full derivation of this expression using the Quasi-Bound Super State method and demonstrate it for various perturbation scenarios with the following temporal profiles: Gaussian, hyperbolic secant, harmonic, and smooth rectangular. The derivation of this quantization rule has practical implications beyond the intellectual realm. The specific spectral structure of these systems has implications for nanotechnology (e.g., frequency-controlled transistors) and the understanding of biological and biochemical processes (e.g., odor detection).

Original languageEnglish
Article number415332
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2023


  • Coherent destruction of tunneling
  • Dynamic resonant tunneling
  • Quantum dynamics
  • Resonant tunneling
  • Suppression of tunneling

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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