Spatially confined Bloch oscillations in semiconductor superlattices Articles uri icon

published in

  • EPL  Journal

publication date

  • August 2011


  • 4 (47001)


  • 95

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0295-5075

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1286-4854


  • In a semiconductor superlattice with long scattering times, damping of Bloch oscillations due to scattering is so small that convective nonlinearities may compensate it and Bloch oscillations persist even in the hydrodynamic regime. In this case, numerical solutions show that there are stable Bloch oscillations confined to a region near the collector with inhomogeneous field, charge, current density and energy density profiles. These Bloch oscillations disappear when damping due to inelastic collisions becomes sufficiently strong.