Balance-equation approach to terahertz-field-driven magnetotransport in semiconductors

  • X.L. Lei
  • S.Y. Liu


We investigate the magnetotransport in semiconductors under the influence of a dc or slowly-varying electric field, an intense polarized radiation field of terahertz frequency, and a uniform magnetic field, being in arbitrary directions and having arbitrary strengths. Effective force- and energy-balance equations are derived by using a gauge that the magnetic field and the high-frequency radiation field are described by a vector potential and the dc or slowly-varying field by a scalar potential, and by distinguishing the slowly-varying velocity from the rapidly-oscillating velocity related to the high-frequency field. These equations, which include the elastic photon process and all orders of multiphoton absorption and emission processes, are applied to the examination of the effect of a terahertz radiation on the magnetophonon resonance of the longitudinal resistivity in the transverse configuration in nonpolar and polar semiconductors. We find that the previous zero-photon resonance peaks are suppressed by the irradiation of the terahertz field, while many new peaks, which may be related to multiphoton absorption and emission processes, emerge and can become quite distinct, at moderately strong radiation field.

PACS. 72.20.My Galvanomagnetic and other magnetotransport effects - 72.30.+q High-frequency effects; plasma effects - 72.20.Ht High-field and nonlinear effects 


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© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, Società Italiana di Fisica 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • X.L. Lei
    • 1
  • S.Y. Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.China Center of Advanced Science and Technology (World Laboratory) P.O. Box 8730, Beijing 100080, PR ChinaCN
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Metallurgy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 865 Changning Road, Shanghai 200050, PR ChinaCN

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