Multisubband nonequilibrium electron-electron scattering in semiconductor quantum wells

S. C. Lee, I. Galbraith

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Through numerical integration of the Boltzmann equation, we calculate the time evolution of a nonequilibrium electron distribution in two subbands in a quantum well as it relaxes to equilibrium. Electron-electron scattering is mediated by the dynamically screened Coulomb potential, calculated using the random-phase approximation. A strong dependence of the relative importance of intrasubband and intersubband scattering is found depending on the nature of the initial nonequilibrium distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R16025-R16028
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1997


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