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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Professor Stewart Clark

Ivanov, K.A., Girshova, E.I., Kaliteevski, M.A., CLark, S.J. & Gallant, A.J. (2016). Anharmonic Bloch oscillations of electrons in electrically biased superlattices. Semiconductors 50(11): 1463-1468.

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The phenomenon of anharmonic Bloch oscillations (i.e., oscillations with a frequency which is a multiple of the Bloch frequency) is considered. The energy-band structure of silicon-carbide polytypes where these oscillations are observed is calculated ab initio. A one-dimensional model potential making it possible to calculate the Stark wave functions in a biased superlattice is constructed for these polytypes. The transfer matrix method is used to find the set of energy levels (the so-called Stark ladder) and calculate the electron wave functions. It is shown that both radiative transitions between neighboring Stark levels (at the Bloch frequency) and transitions in the form of jumps via several levels, accompanied by emission at frequencies that are multiples of the Bloch frequency, may occur. The calculated probabilities of transitions between Stark-ladder levels increase with increasing applied field strength.