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Current-induced cooling of nanostructures
Author(s): Eugen B. Dogonkin; Georgy G. Zegrya
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Paper Abstract

A mechanism of electric current-induced cooling of nanostructures is proposed and analyzed. The conditions are studied of electric current flow through a heterostructure with two quantum wells, with electrons from one quantum well passing into the other via phonon-assisted indirect tunneling. As a result, the system is cooled by the flowing current, with the temperature of the system depending on the current nonmonotonically. A universal law for the maximal cooling temperature is derived.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5023, 10th International Symposium on Nanostructures: Physics and Technology, (11 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.513931
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Eugen B. Dogonkin, A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute (Russia)
Georgy G. Zegrya, A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5023:
10th International Symposium on Nanostructures: Physics and Technology
Zhores I. Alferov; Leo Esaki, Editor(s)

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