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Manuscript Summary - Inverse Design of a Graphene-Based Quantum Transducer via Neuroevolution

We introduce an inverse design framework based on artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, and tight-binding calculations, capable to optimize the very large configuration space of nanoelectronic devices. Our non-linear optimization procedure operates on trial Hamiltonians through superoperators controlling growth policies of regions of distinct doping. We demonstrate that our algorithm optimizes the doping of graphene-based three-terminal devices for valleytronics applications, monotonously converging to synthesizable devices with high merit functions in a few thousand evaluations (out of ≃2^3800 possible configurations). The best-performing device allowed for a terminal-specific separation of valley currents with ≃93% valley purity. Importantly, the devices found through our non-linear optimization procedure have both higher merit function and higher robustness to defects than the ones obtained through geometry optimization.

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