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Title: Inelastic light scattering from plasmons tunneling between Wannier-Stark states

Using inelastic light scattering, we measure the zone-center electronic excitation modes in a set of multiple quantum wells. The width of the wavefunction barriers was chosen such that it prevents significant coupling of the electron ground states between wells yet is transparent to electron tunneling under an electric field. Under these conditions, we find charge-density-like and spin-density-like plasmons whose energies do not correspond to the excitations calculated for either a single well or a set of Coulomb-coupled wells. The observed energies are proportional to the electric field strength and the lower energy modes agree with predictions for plasmons tunneling between the Wannier-Stark ladder states.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 123; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; single particle tunneling; light scattering; lasers; phonons; semiconductors; quantum wells; electron gas; chemical kinetics
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OSTI ID: 1440798