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Intentionally disordered superlattices with high-DC conductance

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3 Author(s)
Diez, Enrique ; Dept. de Matematicas, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain ; Sanchez, Angel ; Dominguez-Adame, F.

We study disordered quantum-well-based semiconductor superlattices where the disorder is intentional and short-range correlated. Such systems consist of quantum wells of two different thicknesses randomly distributed along the growth direction, with the additional constraint that wells of one kind always appears in pairs. Imperfections due to interface roughness are considered by allowing the quantum-well thicknesses to fluctuate around their ideal values. As particular examples, we consider wide-gap (GaAs-Ga1-xAlxAs) and narrow-gap (InAs-GaSb) superlattices. We show the existence of a band of extended states in perfect correlated disordered superlattices, giving rise to a strong enhancement of their finite-temperature dc conductance as compared to usual random ones whenever the Fermi level matches this band. This feature is seen to survive even if interface roughness is taken into account. Our predictions can be used to demonstrate experimentally that structural correlations inhibit the localization effects of disorder, even in the presence of imperfections. This effect might be the basis of new, filter-like or other specific-purpose electronic devices

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 11 )

Date of Publication:

Nov 1995

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