Resonant tunneling through low dimensional quantum structures

A. Sa'ar*, J. Feng, I. Gravé, A. Yariv

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Tunneling mechanism in zero- and one-dimensional quantum structures is studied. Several new results, peculiar to low dimensions, are predicted. We find that subband mixing and multichannel tunneling induce the appearance of new tunneling channels with unusual interference patterns, and allow for longer lifetime of the resonances at higher energies in various channels. It is shown that in low dimensions, there exists a critical size of the structure below which the resonance nature of the tunneling process is diminished. In zero and one dimensions, there exists a critical magnitude of the confinement potential, below which there are no resonances in the transmission function for any size of the well. Negative differential resistance and other phenomena related to the resonance characters of the tunneling will not appear in this case. We also develop a generalized transfer matrix method that takes into account subband mixing; this formalism can be used to describe any transport problem in low dimensions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3598-3601
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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