Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 46, Number 6 (June 2020), p. 682-692    ( to contents , go back )

Magnetoconductivity oscillations induced by intersubband excitation in a degenerate 2D electron gas

Yu.P. Monarkha

B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 47 Nauky Ave., Kharkiv 61103, Ukraine
E-mail: monarkha@ilt.kharkov.ua

Received October 24, 2019, published online April 24, 2020

Abstract

Magnetoconductivity oscillations and absolute negative conductivity induced by nonequilibrium populations of excited subbands in a degenerate multisubband two-dimensional electron system are studied theoretically. The displacement from equilibrium, which can be caused by resonant microwave excitation or by any other reason, is assumed to be such that electron distributions can no longer be described by a single Fermi level. In this case, in addition to the well-known conductivity peaks occurring at the Shubnikov–de Haas conditions and small peaks of normal intersubband scattering, sign-changing oscillations with a different shape are shown to be possible. We found also that even a small fraction of electrons transferred to the excited subband can lead to negative conductivity effects.

Key words: 2D electron gas, magnetoconductivity oscillations, nonequilibrium phenomena, absolute negative conductivity.

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