Intervalley-scattering-induced electron-phonon energy relaxation in many-valley semiconductors at low temperatures

Mika Prunnila (Corresponding Author), P. Kivinen, A. Savin, P. Törmä, Jouni Ahopelto

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    Abstract

    We report on the effect of elastic intervalley scattering on the energy transport between electrons and phonons in many-valley semiconductors. We derive a general expression for the electron-phonon energy flow rate at the limit where elastic intervalley scattering dominates over diffusion. Electron heating experiments on doped n-type Si samples with electron concentrations (3.5–16.0)×1025  m−3 are performed at sub-Kelvin temperatures. We find a good agreement between the theory and the experiment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number206602
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume95
    Issue number20
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • semiconductors
    • electron-phonon interactions
    • phonons
    • low temperatures

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