We engineer a system of two strongly confined quantum dots to gain reproducible electrostatic control of the even-electron spin at zero magnetic field. Coupling the dots in a tight ring-shaped potential with two tunnel barriers, we demonstrate that an electric field can switch the electron ground state between a singlet and a triplet configuration. Comparing our experimental cotunneling spectroscopy data to a full many-body treatment of interacting electrons in a double-barrier quantum ring, we find excellent agreement in the evolution of many-body states with electric and magnetic fields. The calculations show that the singlet-triplet energy crossover, not found in conventionally coupled quantum dots, is made possible by the ring-shaped geometry of the confining potential.
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Condensed Matter Physics