Coulomb blockade and transport in a chain of one-dimensional quantum dots
Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universitaet Koeln, 50937 Koeln, Germany
A long one-dimensional wire with a finite density of strong random impurities is modelled as a chain of weakly coupled quantum dots. At low temperature T and applied voltage V its resistance is limited by “breaks”: randomly occuring clusters of quantum dots with a special length distribution pattern that inhibits the transport. Due to the interplay of interaction and disorder effects the resistance can exhibit T and V dependences that can be approximated by power laws. The corresponding two exponents differ greatly from each other and depend not only on the intrinsic electronic parameters but also on the impurity distribution statistics.