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Physical Review Letters
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Interference and dephasing by electron-electron interaction on length scales shorter than the elastic mean free path

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Abstract

A modified Youngs double-slit experiment is realized for electrons in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The observed quantum interference is employed to study dephasing by electron-electron interaction on length scales shorter than the elastic mean free path. It is found that the measured phase-breaking length agrees very well with theoretical calculations of the e-e mean free path in an ideal 2DEG. In contrast to the diffusive regime, dephasing occurs via e-e scattering events with an energy exchange on the order of the carrier excess energy. © 1991 The American Physical Society.

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08 Apr 1991

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Physical Review Letters

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