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Stationary state model for normal metal tunnel junction phenomena

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2 Author(s)
Whiteley, S.R. ; University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA ; Gustafson, T.

A model applicable to normal metal tunnel junctions is presented. This model, referred to herein as the stationary state model, is an extension of the extended basis function theory of Kleinman and Duke. Under the assumption that elastic tunneling is the dominant transport mechanism under static bias, we have extended the theory to include the case where there is an ac component of bias potential, and we have derived the fluctuation spectrum. In this approach structure eigenstates are used as the basis, allowing observables to be evaluated without recourse to the perturbation theory inherent in the transfer Hamiltonian model. Comparison is made to the appropriate results of the first order transfer Hamiltonian model, and it is found that there is close but not always exact agreement to lowest order in the tunneling exponential. The stationary state model should be accurate with large barrier transmission, as it includes all orders of the tunneling exponential. The model as presented here should be applicable to normal metal tunnel junctions, where elastic tunneling is the dominant transport mechanism (under static bias), up to infrared excitation frequencies.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 9 )