Accession Number:

ADA261669

Title:

Effect of Nonequilibrium Phonons on the Electron Relaxation and Transport

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CITY COLL NEW YORK DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

We review the recent theoretical study of the effect of nonequilibrium phonons on hot-carrier relaxation and transport. In a quantum. well, the proper treatment of the electron-phonon coupling between electrons confined to two dimensions 2-D by phonons traveling freely in three dimensions 3-D requires special care because phonon heating produces a bottleneck in the rate of transfer of energy from the carriers to the phonons. Because the carriers interact with phonons primarily when the latter are close to the quantum well, the latter should be described, not by plane waves, but by packets adapted to the shape of the carrier confinement. A quasi-equilibrium technique that retains off-diagonal elements in the phonon wave-vector permits an unrestricted treatment of the density operator equation. That in turn leads to a choice of wave packet that comes from solving the integro differential equations rather than by imposition.

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Optics
  • Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE