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Quantum effects and bit errors in mesoscopic logic and memory circuits

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2 Author(s)
Bandara, K.M.S.V. ; Applied Technology Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 ; Coon, D.D.

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Bistability in well known circuits employing devices with nonlinear current‐voltage characteristics is shown to be a classical concept which can be modified by quantum mechanical effects. The classically stable states ‘‘0’’ and ‘‘1’’ are shown to correspond to a single stable quantum mechanical state and a metastable state. Bit error rates associated with metastable state lifetimes are estimated for circuits employing quantum well devices and found to be appreciable in the mesoscopic regime (feature sizes ≲0.2 μm). 

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 1990

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