Quantum thermoelectric effects in resonant tunneling real-space transfer

J. M. Bigelow, J. P. Leburton

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We present the analysis of a new mechanism for tunneling real-space transfer (TRST) in modulation-doped structures. The conditions for TRST are determined by the quantum thermoelectric properties of the electron systems which results in instabilities. We predict high-frequency oscillations limited only by the tunneling transfer time and thermalization between electron channels. Negative differential resistance and hysteresis are predicted in the I-V characteristics of the modulation-doped structures; recent experiments corroborate the existence of the new mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4390-4398
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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