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Title: Plasma wave instability in a quantum field effect transistor with magnetic field effect

The current-carrying state of a nanometer Field Effect Transistor (FET) may become unstable against the generation of high-frequency plasma waves and lead to generation of terahertz radiation. In this paper, the influences of magnetic field, quantum effects, electron exchange-correlation, and thermal motion of electrons on the instability of the plasma waves in a nanometer FET are reported. We find that, while the electron exchange-correlation suppresses the radiation power, the magnetic field, the quantum effects, and the thermal motion of electrons can enhance the radiation power. The radiation frequency increases with quantum effects and thermal motion of electrons, but decreases with electron exchange-correlation effect. Interestingly, we find that magnetic field can suppress the quantum effects and the thermal motion of electrons and the radiation frequency changes non-monotonely with the magnetic field. These properties could make the nanometer FET advantageous for realization of practical terahertz oscillations.
Authors:
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  1. College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22227872
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 20; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CORRELATIONS; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; ELECTRON EXCHANGE; ELECTRONS; FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; OSCILLATIONS; PLASMA; PLASMA INSTABILITY; PLASMA WAVES