Can fractal-like spectra be experimentally observed in aperiodic superlattices?



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Maciá Barber, Enrique Alfonso and Domínguez-Adame Acosta, Francisco (1996) Can fractal-like spectra be experimentally observed in aperiodic superlattices? Semiconductor science and technology, 11 (7). pp. 1041-1045. ISSN 0268-1242

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We numerically investigate the effects of inhomogeneities in the energy spectrum of aperiodic semiconductor superlattices, focusing our attention on Thue-Morse and Fibonacci sequences. In the absence of disorder, the corresponding electronic spectra are self-similar. The presence of a certain degree of randomness, due to imperfections occurring during the growth processes, gives rise to a progressive loss of quantum coherence, smearing out the finer details of the energy spectra predicted for perfect aperiodic superlattices and spurring the onset of electron localization. However, depending on the degree of disorder introduced, a critical size for the system exists, below which peculiar transport properties, related to the pre-fractal nature of the energy spectrum, may be measured.

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Thanks are warmly due to Angel Sánchez for helpful discussions and critical reading of the manuscript. This work is supported by CICYT through project MAT95-0325.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Fibonacci superlattices; Electronic-properties; Tight-binding; Thue-Morse; Localization
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
ID Code:37914
Deposited On:26 May 2016 15:28
Last Modified:26 May 2016 15:28

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