Publication
Physical Review Letters
Paper

Long mean free path of hot electrons selectively injected to higher subbands

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Abstract

The long hot-electron mean free path observed by Sivan, Heiblum, and Umbach in high-mobility 2D electron-gas heterostructures is explained by electron transport in the second subband. Our estimates show that the mean free path in the second subband is longer by 2 orders of magnitude than that in the first subband. New magnetic-focusing measurements reveal hot-electron velocities lower than the Fermi velocity, as expected for a higher-subband transport. The electrostatic potential near a biased constriction used as the hot-electron injector is shown to induce nonadiabatic intersubband transfer. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

Date

22 Oct 1990

Publication

Physical Review Letters

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