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Nonadiabatic electron heat pump

Miguel Rey, Michael Strass, Sigmund Kohler, Peter Hänggi, and Fernando Sols
Phys. Rev. B 76, 085337 (2007)

We investigate a mechanism for extracting heat from metallic conductors based on the energy-selective transmission of electrons through a spatially asymmetric resonant structure subject to ac driving. This quantum refrigerator can operate at zero net electronic current as it replaces hot with cold electrons through two energetically symmetric inelastic channels. We present numerical results for a specific heterostructure and discuss general trends. We also explore the conditions under which the cooling rate may approach the ultimate limit given by the quantum of cooling power.

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