Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3605 (W. Zhang et al.)

Saturated Low-Temperature Conductivity in Ultrafast Semiconductor

W. Zhang, E. R. Brown, M. Martin
This article presents studies on low-field electrical conduction in the range 4-to-300 K for a ultrafast material: InGaAs:ErAs grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The unique properties include nano-scale ErAs crystallines in host semiconductor, a deep Fermi level, and picosecond ultrafast photocarrier recombination. As the temperature drops, the conduction mechanisms are in the sequence of thermal activation, nearest-neighbor hopping, variable-range hopping, and Anderson localization. In the low-temperature limit, finite-conductivity metallic behavior, not insulating, was observed. This unusual conduction behavior is explained with the Abrahams scaling theory.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3605

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