Chaotic motion of space charge wave fronts in semiconductors under time-independent voltage bias.
A standard drift-diffusion model of space charge wave propagation in semiconductors has been studied numerically and analytically under dc voltage bias. For sufficiently long samples, appropriate contact resistivity, and applied voltage-such that the sample is biased in a regime of negative differential resistance-we find chaos in the propagation of nonlinear fronts (charge monopoles of alternating sign) of electric field. The chaos is always low dimensional, but has a complex spatial structure; this behavior can be interpreted using a finite-dimensional asymptotic model in which the front (charge monopole) positions and the electrical current are the only dynamical variables.
Cantalapiedra, IR; Bergmann, MJ; Bonilla, LL; Teitsworth, SW
Volume / Issue
Start / End Page
Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)