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Titre du document / Document title

Ballistic phonon-drag imaging in AlAs quantum wells

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Résumé / Abstract

The phonon-drag voltage induced by acoustic phonons has been studied for the first time in AlAs quantum wells. The 15 nm wells are embedded in Al0.45Ga0.55As buffer layers grown on (001) GaAs wafers. Electrons in the wells couple strongly to phonons due to the large effective mass, leading to signals that are several orders of magnitude larger than those observed in similar experiments with GaAs heterostructures. Measurements of the drag voltage as a function of phonon source position (phonon-drag images) yield information about the polarization dependence of the electron-phonon coupling. The data is compared to numerical simulations including deformation potential and piezoelectric coupling. The experimental images show distinctive signals from slow transverse and longitudinal phonon modes that indicate strong deformation potential coupling. Additional modeling is needed to understand the source of the clear sign inversion of the signal near the center of the experimental images. Future studies at 3He temperatures will investigate quantum effects.

Revue / Journal Title

Physica status solidi. C. Conferences and critical reviews    ISSN  1610-1634 

Source / Source

2004, vol. 1, no11, pp. 2947-2950 [4 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, ETATS-UNIS  (2002-2005) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 10183 C, 35400012282480.0910

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 16321158

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