EMP is funded through the Horizon2020 programme of the European Commission.
Selected Publications

Cooling low-dimensional electron systems into the microkelvin regime

Lev V. Levitin, Harriet van der Vliet, Terje Theisen, Stefanos Dimitriadis, Marijn Lucas, Antonio D. Corcoles, Ján Nyéki, Andrew J. Casey, Graham Creeth, Ian Farrer, David A. Ritchie, James T. Nicholls, John Saunders

Two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) with high mobility, engineered in semiconductor heterostructures host a variety of ordered phases arising from strong correlations, which emerge at sufficiently low temperatures. The 2DEG can be further controlled by surface gates to create quasi-one dimensional systems, with potential spintronic applications. Here we address the long-standing challenge of cooling such electrons to below 1 mK, potentially important for identification of topological phases and spin correlated states. The 2DEG device was immersed in liquid 3He, cooled by the nuclear adiabatic demagnetization of copper. The temperature of the 2D electrons was inferred from the electronic noise in a gold wire, connected to the 2DEG by a metallic ohmic contact. With effective screening and filtering, we demonstrate a temperature of 0.9 ± 0.1 mK, with scope for significant further improvement. This platform is a key technological step, paving the way to observing new quantum phenomena, and developing new generations of nanoelectronic devices exploiting correlated electron states.

Nat Commun 13, 667 (2022)

doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-28222-x


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