Multistability of conductance in doped semiconductor superlattices

Ning G. Sun, George P. Tsironis

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Abstract

We use a simple nonlinear Kronig-Penney model to study multistability and discontinuity in the current-voltage characteristics of doped semiconductor superlattices in a homogeneous electric field. Nonlinearity in our model enters through a self-consistent potential used to describe the interaction of the effective electrons with charge accumulation in the doped layers. We show that the process of Wannier-Stark localization is slowed down by the nonlinear effect in the doped layers, and that the shrinking and destruction of minibands in the superlattice by the nonlinearity is related to the occurrence of discontinuity and multistability in the transport of electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11221-11224
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume51
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Semiconductor superlattices
superlattices
discontinuity
nonlinearity
Electrons
Current voltage characteristics
destruction
electrons
Electric fields
occurrences
electric fields
electric potential
interactions

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Multistability of conductance in doped semiconductor superlattices. / Sun, Ning G.; Tsironis, George P.

In: Physical Review B, Vol. 51, No. 16, 1995, p. 11221-11224.

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Sun, Ning G. ; Tsironis, George P. / Multistability of conductance in doped semiconductor superlattices. In: Physical Review B. 1995 ; Vol. 51, No. 16. pp. 11221-11224.
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