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Freezing of the Dynamics of Spontaneous Electric Field Domains in Microwave-Induced States with a Low Dissipation

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The temperature dependence of the microwave photovoltage has been studied in microwave-induced states of a two-dimensional electron system, which are characterized by an almost dissipationless flow of a low-frequency current. At decreasing temperature, a smooth transition has been found from a bistable state, where the photovoltage demonstrates switching between two levels, which are due to reversals of the spontaneous electric field in a domain structure, to a steady state. The transition occurs as the shift of one of the levels of the bistable photovoltage to the other level accompanied by a decrease in the switching frequency. The results indicate the freezing of the dynamic domain structure in the state corresponding to the more stable configuration of the electric field.

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Original Russian Text © S.I. Dorozhkin, V. Umansky, K. von Klitzing, J.H. Smet, 2018, published in Pis’ma v Zhurnal Eksperimental’noi i Teoreticheskoi Fiziki, 2018, Vol. 108, No. 3, pp. 217–222.

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Dorozhkin, S.I., Umansky, V., von Klitzing, K. et al. Freezing of the Dynamics of Spontaneous Electric Field Domains in Microwave-Induced States with a Low Dissipation. Jetp Lett. 108, 215–219 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0021364018150055

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