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Signatures of folded branches in the scanning gate microscopy of ballistic electronic cavities

Keith R. Fratus, Camille Le Calonnec, Rodolfo A. Jalabert, Guillaume Weick, Dietmar Weinmann

SciPost Phys. 10, 069 (2021) · published 17 March 2021


We demonstrate the emergence of classical features in electronic quantum transport for the scanning gate microscopy response in a cavity defined by a quantum point contact and a micron-sized circular reflector. The branches in electronic flow characteristic of a quantum point contact opening on a two-dimensional electron gas with weak disorder are folded by the reflector, yielding a complex spatial pattern. Considering the deflection of classical trajectories by the scanning gate tip allows to establish simple relationships of the scanning pattern, which are in agreement with recent experimental findings.

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