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Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures

Authors
  • Platero, Gloria
  • Aguado, Ramon
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Oct 31, 2003
Submission Date
Oct 31, 2003
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.physrep.2004.01.004
arXiv ID: cond-mat/0311001
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

In this review we focus on electronic transport through semiconductor nanostructures which are driven by ac fields. Along the review we describe the available experimental information on different nanostructures, like resonant tunneling diodes, superlattices or quantum dots, together with the theoretical tools needed to describe the observed features. These theoretical tools such as, for instance, the Floquet formalism, the non-equilibrium Green's function technique or the density matrix technique, are suitable for tackling with photon-assisted transport problems where the interplay of different aspects like nonequilibrium, nonlinearity, quantum confinement or electron-electron interactions gives rise to many intriguing new phenomena. Along the review we give many examples which demonstrate the possibility of using appropriate ac fields to control/manipulate coherent quantum states in semiconductor nanostructures.

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