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VLSI Design
Volume 13 (2001), Issue 1-4, Pages 419-424

Detection of Quantum Cellular Automaton Action in Silicon-on-insulator Cells

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Via Diotisalvi, Pisa 2 I-56126, Italy

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present a proposal for an experiment to demonstrate QCA (Quantum Cellular Automaton) functionality for a cell fabricated with silicon-on-insulator technology. The fundamental feature of a working QCA cell consists in the anticorrelated transition of electrons in the two pairs of dots forming the cell: we show how such a phenomenon can be detected from the appearance of a “locking” effect between the Coulomb Blockade current peaks relative to each pair. The proposed approach allows the detection of QCA action without the need for additional noninvasive charge detectors probing each dot. We have performed detailed numerical simulations on the basis of interdot capacitance values obtained from experimental data and determined the range of parameters within which the effect should be detectable.