The phase of the transmission amplitude through a mesoscopic system contains information about the system's quantum mechanical state and excitations thereof. In the absence of an external magnetic field, abrupt phase lapses occur between transmission resonances of quantum dots and can be related to the signs of tunneling matrix elements. They are smeared at finite temperatures. By contrast, we show here that in the presence of a strong magnetic field, phase lapses represent a genuine interaction effect and may occur also on resonance. For some realistic parameter range these phase lapses are robust against finite temperature broadening.Comment: 8 pages including supplemental material; 4 figures; several references adde
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