Electron-photon interaction in resonant tunneling diodes
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales (CSIC)
Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Accepted: 8 October 1997
We develop a model to describe the transmission coefficient and tunneling current in the presence of electron-photon coupling in a resonant diode. Our model takes into account multiphoton processes as well as the transitions between electronic states with different wave numbers. This is crucial to explain the experimental features observed in the tunneling current through a double barrier which cannot be reproduced with more simplified established models. According to our results, what experiments show in the current density are quantum photon-assisted features coming from multiphoton transitions which are not related with sample heating.
PACS: 73.40.Gk – Tunneling
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