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Electric field domains in p-Si/SiGe quantum cascade structures\ud

By Z. Ikonic, P. Harrison and R.W. Kelsall


The formation of domains in quantum cascade structures is one of the mechanisms strongly affecting the operation of quantum cascade lasers, quantum-well infrared detectors, and other devices. In this paper, we consider the problem of domain formation in p-doped Si/SiGe quantum cascades, using a carrier scattering transport framework. In effect, the hole flow along the cascade is described via scattering between quantized states belonging to neighboring periods, caused by phonons, alloy disorder, and carrier-carrier interactions. The generation of either periodic or of nonperiodic domains is studied in uniformly doped cascades, as well as the influence of modulation doping of cascades on the domain formation

Year: 2006
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