Symmetry-breaking and chaos in electron transport in semiconductor superlattices
Alekseev, Kirill N.
Cannon, Ethan H.
McKinney, Jonathan C.
Kusmartsev, Feodor V.
Campbell, David K.
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Citation (published version)2001. "Symmetry-breaking and chaos in electron transport in semiconductor superlattices," cond-mat/0104144. http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0104144
We study the motion of electrons in a single miniband of a semiconductor superlattice driven by THz electric field polarized along the growth direction. We work in the semiclassical balance-equation model, including different elastic and inelastic scattering rates, and incorporating the self-consistent electric field generated by electron motion. We explore regions of complex dynamics, which can include chaotic behaviour and symmetry-breaking. We estimate the magnitudes of dc current and dc voltage that spontaneously appear in regions of broken-symmetry for parameters characteristic of modern semiconductor superlattices. This work complements PRL 80(1998)2669 [ cond-mat/9709026 ].