Amplification of electromagnetic radiation in a superlattice placed in a tilted magnetic field
journal contributionposted on 2019-03-22, 09:16 authored by Nikolai A. Pyataev, Aleksei V. Shorokhov, Nikolai N. Khvastunov, K.R. Vlasov, V.D. Krevchik, M.B. Semenov, Kirill Alekseev, F.V. Kusmartsev
The interaction of electrons in a superlattice with electromagnetic radiation in presence of static electric and magnetic fields is investigated. The electric field is directed along the superlattice axis while the magnetic field is inclined at an arbitrary angle to the axis of superlattice. It is shown that the dependence of current in the superlattice on electric field in the general case can have several maxima. In some regions of electric and magnetic field values, the absorption coefficient for high frequency electromagnetic radiation can be negative that means the electromagnetic wave will be amplified. We note that negative absorption in the system is possible at some conditions at the region of positive differential conductivity in contrast to classical Bloch oscillator in which amplification takes place in case of negative differential conductivity only. This phenomenon can be used for the design of a teraherz amplifier and generator based on the superlattice.
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (project no. 3.6321.2017/8.9), and RFBR (project no. 17-02-00969).