Asymmetric Single Electron Turnstile and Its Electronic Circuit Applications

Masaharu KIRIHARA  Kenji TANIGUCHI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C   No.1   pp.57-62
Publication Date: 1998/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Technology Challenges for Single Electron Devices)
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Keyword: 
single electron,  turnstile,  electronic circuit,  winner-take-all,  neuron,  counter,  

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Summary: 
The basic operation characteristics of an asymmetric turnstile which transfers each electron one by one in one direction is described. A novel single electron counter circuit consisting of the asymmetric turnstiles, a load capacitor and an inverter which counts the number of high inputs is proposed. Monte Carlo circuit simulations reveal that the gate clock time of the counter circuit should be long enough to achieve allowable minimum error rate. The counter circuit implementing asymmetric single electron turnstiles is demonstrated to be applicable to a noise reduction system, a Winner-Take-All circuit and an artificial neuron circuit.