Micrometer-scale ballistic transport of electron pairs in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanowires

High-mobility complex-oxide heterostructures and nanostructures offer new opportunities for extending the paradigm of quantum transport beyond the realm of traditional III-V or carbon-based materials. Recent quantum transport investigations with LaAlO3/SrTiO3-based quantum dots have revealed the existence of a strongly correlated phase in which electrons form spin-singlet pairs without becoming superconducting. Here we report evidence for micrometer-scale ballistic transport of electron pairs in quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanowire cavities. In the paired phase, Fabry-Perot-like quantum interference is observed, in sync with conductance oscillations observed in the superconducting regime (at zero magnetic field). Above a critical magnetic field Bp, electron pairs unbind and conductance oscillations shift with magnetic field. These experimental observations extend the regime of ballistic electronic transport to strongly correlated phases.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.06053

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