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Dynamical phenomena in Fibonacci semiconductor superlattices

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Díez, E. and Domínguez-Adame Acosta, Francisco and Maciá Barber, Enrique Alfonso and Sánchez, A. (1996) Dynamical phenomena in Fibonacci semiconductor superlattices. Physical Review B, 54 (23). pp. 16792-16798. ISSN 0163-1829

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.54.16792


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We present a detailed study of the dynamics of electronic wave packets in Fibonacci semiconductor superlattices, both in flat band conditions and subject to homogeneous electric fields perpendicular to the layers. Coherent propagation of electrons is described by means of a scalar Hamiltonian using the effective-mass approximation. We have found that an initial Gaussian wave packet is filtered selectively when passing through the superlattice. This means that only those components of the wave packer whose wave numbers belong to allowed subminibands of the fractal-like energy spectrum can propagate over the entire superlattice. The Fourier pattern of the transmitted part of the wave packet presents clear evidences of fractality reproducing those of the underlying energy spectrum. This phenomenon persists even in the presence of unintentional disorder due to growth-induced defects. Finally, we have demonstrated that periodic coherent-field-induced oscillations (Bloch oscillations), which we are able to observe in our simulations of periodic superlattices, are replaced in Fibonacci superlattices by more complex oscillations displaying quasiperiodic signatures, thus shedding more light onto the very peculiar nature of the electronic states in these systems.


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© 1996 The American Physical Society.
F. D.-A. and A. S. are thankful to Alan R. Bishop for the warm hospitality enjoyed during their stay at Los Alamos. Work at Madrid and Leganés has been supported by CICYT (Spain) under project No. MAT95-0325. Work at Los Alamos is performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE

Uncontrolled Keywords:Bloch Oscillations, Electronic-Properties, Thue-Morse, Localization, Transport, Spectra, Gaas
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
ID Code:27670
Deposited On:10 Dec 2014 11:50
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