Semiconductor charge transport driven by a picosecond strain pulse
journal contributionposted on 11.07.2013, 13:14 by D.R. Fowler, A.V. Akimov, Alexander BalanovAlexander Balanov, Mark GreenawayMark Greenaway, M. Henini, T.M. Fromhold, A.J. Kent
We demonstrate that a picosecond strain pulse can be used to drive an electric current through both thin-film epilayer and heterostructure semiconductor crystals in the absence of an external electric field. By measuring the transient current pulses, we are able to clearly distinguish the effects of the coherent and incoherent components of the acoustic packet. The properties of the strain induced signal suggest a technique for exciting picosecond current pulses, which may be used to probe semiconductor devices.