Volume 81, Number 5, March 2008
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||31 January 2008|
Photoproduction in semiconductors by onset of magnetic field
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Freie Universität Berlin - 14195 Berlin, Germany
2 ICRANet - Piazzale della Repubblica, 10, 65122 Pescara, Italy
3 Physics Department, University of Rome “La Sapienza" - Rome, Italy
Accepted: 4 January 2008
The energy bands of a semiconductor are lowered by an external magnetic field. When a field is switched on, the straight-line trajectories near the top of the occupied valence band are curved into Landau orbits and Bremsstrahlung is emitted until the electrons have settled in their final Fermi distribution. We calculate the radiated energy, which should be experimentally detectable, and suggest that a semiconductor can be cooled by an oscillating magnetic field.
PACS: 71.55.Cn – Elemental semiconductors / 71.70.Ej – Spin-orbit coupling, Zeeman and Stark splitting, Jahn-Teller effect / 42.50.Xa – Optical tests of quantum theory
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