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Influence of External Light Waves on the Thermoelectric Power Under Strong Magnetic Field in Ultrathin Films, Quantum Wires and Quantum Dots of Optoelectronic Materials

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In this paper, an attempt is made to study the influence of external light waves on the thermoelectric power under strong magnetic field (TPSM) in ultrathin films (UFs), quantum wires (QWs) and quantum dots (QDs) of optoelectronic materials whose unperturbed dispersion relation of the conduction electrons are defined by three and two band models of Kane together with parabolic energy bands on the basis of newly formulated electron dispersion laws in each case. We have plotted the TPSM as functions of film thickness, electron concentration, light intensity and wavelength for UFs, QWs and QDs of InSb, GaAs, Hg1–xCdxTe and In1–xGaxAsyP1–y respectively. It appears from the figures that for UFs, the TPSM increases with increasing thickness in quantum steps, decreases with increasing electron degeneracy exhibiting entirely different types of oscillations and changes with both light intensity and wavelength and these two latter types of plots are the direct signature of light waves on opto-TPSM. For QWs, the opto-TPSM exhibits rectangular oscillations with increasing thickness and shows enhanced spiky oscillations with electron concentration per unit length. For QDs, the opto-TPSM increases with increasing film thickness exhibiting trapezoidal variations which occurs during quantum jumps and the length and breadth of the trapezoids are totally dependent on energy band constants. Under the condition of non-degeneracy, the results of opto-TPSM gets simplified into the well-known form of classical TPSM equation which the function of three constants only and being invariant of the signature of band structure.

Keywords: LIGHT WAVES; OPTOELECTRONIC MATERIALS; QUANTUM DOTS; QUANTUM WIRES; THERMOELECTRIC POWER UNDER STRONG MAGNETIC FIELD; ULTRATHIN FILMS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jctn.2010.1455

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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