Selection rule for localized phonon emission in GaAs/AlAs double-barrier structures

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Phonon-assisted tunneling (PAT) has been studied in detail for two similar GaAs/AlAs double-barrier structures. Calculations of the PAT current - including effects of optical-phonon localization - are in good agreement with experimental data, and the emission rate for certain phonon types is found to depend sensitively on GaAs well width. We find that GaAs-like modes clearly dominate in structures with wider wells, while GaAs and AlAs-like modes contribute equivalently in narrower well structures. A simple overlap integral - involving the phonon potential and electronic wave functions - provides an effective selection rule for determining which types of phonons are preferentially emitted. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Turley, PJ; Wallis, CR; Teitsworth, SW

Published Date

  • December 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 6104 - 6107

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.360551

Citation Source

  • Scopus