Nonlinear oscillations and chaos in electrical breakdown in Ge
Self-generated nonlinear oscillations and chaos are found in the conductance of liquid-He-cooled far-infrared photoconductors made from ultrapure Ge. Complex behavior includes a period-doubling cascade to chaotic oscillation with increasing applied electric field, quasiperiodic oscillation, frequency locking, and intermittent switching between modes of oscillation. A rate-equation model is presented which includes impurity impact ionization and space-charge injection. © 1983 The American Physical Society.
Teitsworth, SW; Westervelt, RM; Haller, EE
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