Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-15-1990

Publication Title

Physical Review B

Abstract

We present a comprehensive theoretical formulation for magneto-optical properties in narrow-band-gap and zero-band-gap HgTe-CdTe superlattices. It is found to be crucial that the details of the unique band structure be taken into account in full generality. Statistical factors also play a dominant role in the magneto-optical properties, since the location of the Fermi level determines which of the numerous possible processes will be observable in a given superlattice at a given temperature and magnetic field. When the calculated spectra are compared with recent data for semimetallic superlattices, we find that the theory accounts for nearly all of the wide range of unusual features which have been observed experimentally. These include double hole cyclotron resonances, both electron and hole cyclotron resonance in the low-temperature limit, the apperance of a second electron resonance at higher photon frequencies and a third at higher temperatures, and a step in the slope of the electron cyclotron mass as a function of temperature.

Volume

42

Issue

14

First Page Number

9050

Last Page Number

9062

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevB.42.9050

Publisher Statement

© 1990, American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v42/i14/p9050_1.

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