Hot electron transport and relaxation in quantum wells and superlattices Public Deposited

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  • Electron transport and relaxation may be substantially different in low-dimensional systems compared to that observed in bulk material. In the present work, Monte Carlo models are used for the solution to the Boltzmann transport equation, with scattering rates calculated quantum mechanically for superlattice and quantum wells. Carrier relaxation following optical excitation is examined in multiple quantum well systems. Simulated results of the carrier relaxation process in coupled asymmetric wells and modulation doped wells are in good agreement with published experimental results on similar structures. Scattering rates in superlattices due to polar optical phonons, intervalley phonons, ionized impurities and carrier-carrier scattering are derived. Carrier transport through high energy superlattice minibands is examined in superlattice base hot electron transistors. Additionally, transport in the ballistic limit in periodic quantum wire structures, including geometric superlattices, is examined utilizing a mode matching method.
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