Motivated by recent interest in the role of the hyperfine interaction in quantum dots, we study the dynamics of a localized electron spin coupled to many nuclei. An important feature of the model is that the coupling to an individual nuclear spin depends on its position in the quantum dot. We introduce a semiclassical description of the system valid in the limit of a large number of nuclei and analyze the resulting classical dynamics. Contrary to a natural assumption of chaoticity of such dynamics, the correlation functions of the electron spin with an arbitrary initial condition show no decay in time. Rather, they exhibit complicated undamped oscillations. This may be attributed to the fact that the system has many integrals of motion and is close to an integrable one. The correlation functions averaged over initial conditions do exhibit a slow decay (∼ 1/ln(t) at t → ∞).
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2004|
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The authors acknowledge financial support from FOM and S.I.E. would like to thank Oleg Jouravlev, Dmitri Bagrets, and Lieven Vandersypen for fruitful discussions.