Observation of resonant tunneling through a compositionally graded parabolic quantum well

Sen, Susanta; Capasso, Federico; Gossard, Arthur C.; Spah, Richard A.; Hutchinson, Albert L.; Chu, S. N. G.
November 1987
Applied Physics Letters;11/2/1987, Vol. 51 Issue 18, p1428
Academic Journal
We report the first observation of electron resonant tunneling through parabolic quantum wells, compositionally graded by means of short-period (15 Ã…) AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs superlattices grown by molecular beam epitaxy. In one structure, comprising a 300-Ã…-wide well compositionally graded from AlAs to GaAs, five equally spaced resonances are observed in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristic in good agreement with the theory. In another structure with 432-Ã…-wide wells graded from Al0.30Ga0.70As to GaAs, up to 16 resonances are observed in the I-V. The first ten correspond to resonant tunneling through the quasi-bound states of the double barrier while the others are ascribed to electron interference effects associated with virtual levels in the quasi-continuum energy range above the collector barrier.


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