Interplay between the mesoscopic Stoner and Kondo effects in quantum dots

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We consider electrons confined to a quantum dot interacting antiferromagnetically with a spin- 1/2 Kondo impurity. The electrons also interact among themselves ferromagnetically with a dimensionless coupling J̃, where J̃ = 1 denotes the bulk Stoner transition. We show that as J̃ approaches 1 there is a regime with enhanced Kondo correlations, followed by one where the Kondo effect is destroyed and impurity is spin polarized opposite to the dot electrons. The most striking signature of the first, Stoner-enhanced Kondo regime is that a Zeeman field increases the Kondo scale, in contrast to the case for noninteracting dot electrons. Implications for experiments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126803
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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