Origin of the current oscillations in GaAs-AlGaAs tunnel junctions

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This Rapid Communication reviews different interpretations provided to understand the current oscillations observed in reverse-bias GaAs-AlGaAs tunnel junctions. It is seen that the ballistic picture is contradicted by the experimental conditions. Another interpretation based on phonon-assisted tunneling appears unsatisfactory with regard to several experimental observations. An explanation based on a space-charge effect induced by phonon generation is proposed. This theoretical interpretation is in good agreement with the experiment and provides a general basis for the understanding of similar effects encountered previously in analog structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4080-4082
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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