Resonant Tunneling and Quantum Cascading for Optimum Room-Temperature Generation of THz Signals


We report on the results of a numerical study of quantum transport in ZnSe-based resonant-tunneling diodes (RTDs) and quantum cascade oscillators (QCOs) with fixed and unequal barrier heights. It is found that the negative differential resistance exists up to room temperature in the current-voltage characteristics of the RTD and QCO devices with unequal barrier heights. Further, we demonstrate that QCOs with unequal barrier heights have a better frequency and power performance characteristics compared with RTDs and are more beneficial for high-power terahertz generation at room temperature. For the best QCO device with 100 periods of quantum cascading, a maximum output power of ~7-9 μW for the operating frequency range from 0.1 to ~6 THz at room temperature was achieved

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