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Bistability of Homogeneous Steady States

  • Eckehard Schöll
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 35)

Abstract

In this chapter we will elaborate a variety of g-r mechanisms that give rise to three spatially homogeneous steady states (two of which are stable) in a certain range of applied electric fields and material parameters. This results in S-shaped current density-field relations (SNDC), and in various nonequilibrium phase transitions of first and of second order between the different steady states. Impact ionization turns out to be a key process for these phenomena. The connection with threshold switching and — in the case of exciton g-r kinetics — optical bistability is pointed out.

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Impact Ionization Landau Level Critical Line Auger Recombination Optical Bistability 
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Chapter 2

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  • Eckehard Schöll
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikRheinisch-Westfälische Technische HochschuleAachenFed. Rep. of Germany

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