Controlling high-frequency collective electron dynamics via single-particle complexity

N. Alexeeva, M. T. Greenaway, A. G. Balanov, O. Makarovsky, A. Patanè, M. B. Gaifullin, F. Kusmartsev, T. M. Fromhold

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We demonstrate, through experiment and theory, enhanced high-frequency current oscillations due to magnetically-induced conduction resonances in superlattices. Strong increase in the ac power originates from complex single-electron dynamics, characterized by abrupt resonant transitions between unbound and localized trajectories, which trigger and shape propagating charge domains. Our data demonstrate that external fields can tune the collective behavior of quantum particles by imprinting configurable patterns in the single-particle classical phase space.

Original languageBritish English
Article number024102
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 11 Jul 2012


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