Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics & Optoelectronics. 2010. V. 13, N 1. P. 051-057.

Electron-hole Fermi liquid in nanosized semiconductor structures
V.G. Litovchenko, A.A. Grygoriev

V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, NAS of Ukraine, 41, prospect Nauky, 03028 Kyiv, Ukraine; e-mail:

Abstract. The experimental and theoretical results on the quantum-sized electron-hole liquid plasma (EHLP) in semiconductors and analysis of the difference of it in comparison to the bulk one have been presented. The non-equilibrium Fermi EHLP can be created in the bulk and layered structures (insulator-semiconductor interfaces, thin films, quantum superlattices, etc.) at low temperatures and powerful laser radiation. In the quantum-sized structures, however, these phenomena appear at much higher temperatures, up to the room ones. The peculiarities of EHLP phenomena are: (1) appearance the very broad luminescence line in the low-energy side of its spectrum, which have constant width and energy position under variation of the light intensity as well as narrowing peak when increasing the temperature; (2) appearance of stimulated radiation with a relatively low excitation threshold (the so-called “surface laser effect”); (3) planar ballistic expansion of electron-hole plasma over long distances; (4) predicted effect of transformation of non-equilibrium 2D plasmons into radiative modes.

Keywords: electron-hole plasma, quantum-sized structures, luminescence.

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