Electrical transport in semiconductor superlattices is studied within a fully self-consistent quantum transport model based on nonequilibrium Green functions, including phonon and impurity scattering. We compute both the drift-velocity-held relation and the momentum distribution function covering the whole held range from linear response to negative differential conductivity. The quantum results are compared with the respective results obtained from a Monte Carlo solution of the Boltzmann equation. Our analysis thus sets the limits of validity for the semiclassical theory in a nonlinear transport situation in the presence of inelastic scattering.
Bibliographical noteCopyright (1999) by the American Physical Society.
- MINIBAND TRANSPORT
- NEGATIVE DIFFERENTIAL CONDUCTIVITY
- HOPPING TRANSPORT
- SEMICONDUCTOR SUPERLATTICES