A single-electron transistor, being able to resolve charge variations of a single electron or less, served as a charge detector to monitor the charge movement.
The successful experiment is an important milestone on the way to the setup of a new standard for capacitance, where a capacitor is charged by a well-known number of electrons.
The corresponding voltage can be measured using a Josephson voltage standard. Tracing the capacitance to a resistance via the quantum-Hall effect finally allows the realisation of the so-called "Quantum Metrological Triangle", which establishes a link between all three electrical quantum effects.
The precision aimed at in the experiment requires the demonstrated manipulation of charge on the scale of a single electron.
Erika Schow | alfa
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