Homogeneous Semiconductor Plasma in a Strong Electric Field

  • D. V. Skobel’tsyn
Part of the The Lebedev Physics Institute Series book series (LPIS, volume 61)


To bring out the physical nature of the electrostatic instability of a solid-state plasma associated with a negative current-voltage characteristic, we shall consider this instability from a more general point of view. For simplicity, we shall restrict ourselves to a solidstate plasma with one carrier species whose density does not change (i.e., we do not allow for carrier creation and recombination); the effective carrier mass is also assumed constant. An arbitrary electrostatic field in such a medium is described by the equations
$$\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} {{\text{div E}} = 4\pi e\left( {n - {n_0}} \right),} \\ {\frac{{\partial en}}{{\partial t}} + {\text{div j}} = 0.} \end{array}$$


External Electric Field Pulse Electric Field Permittivity Tensor Carrier Diffusion Longitudinal Oscillation 
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© Consultants Bureau, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. V. Skobel’tsyn
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  1. 1.P. N. Lebedev Physics InstituteAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowRussia

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