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Influence of light on the Debye screening length in ultrathin films of optoelectronic materials

Bhattacharya, S and Paul, NC and De, D and Ghatak, KP (2008) Influence of light on the Debye screening length in ultrathin films of optoelectronic materials. In: Physica B: Condensed Matter, 403 (21-22). pp. 4139-4150.

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Abstract

In this paper, we study the Debye screening length (DSL) in ultrathin films of optoelectronic materials in the presence of light waves. The solution of the Boltzmann transport equation on the basis of the newly formulated electron dispersion laws will introduce new physical ideas and experimental findings under different external conditions. It has been found, taking ultrathin films of n-Hg1-x,CdxTe, as an example, that the respective two-dimensional (2D) DSL in the aforementioned materials exhibits decreasing quantum step dependence with the increasing film thickness, surface electron concentration, light intensity and wavelength, respectively, with different numerical values. The nature of the variations is totally band structure dependent which is influenced by the presence of the different energy band constants. The strong dependence of the 2D DSL on both the light intensity and the wavelength reflects the direct signature of the light waves. The well-known result for the 2D DSL for nondegenerate wide gap materials in the absence of any field has been obtained as a special case of the present analysis under certain limiting conditions and this compatibility is the indirect test of our generalized formalism. Besides, we have suggested an experimental method of determining the 2D DSL in ultrathin materials in the presence of light waves having arbitrary dispersion laws.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Ultra-thin films;Debye screening length;Optoelectronic;Light waves;Experimental determination.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly, (CEDT) Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 11:10
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17814

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