Electron-electron scattering in nondegenerate semiconductors: Driving the anisotropic distribution toward a displaced Maxwellian

Ned S. Wingreen, Christopher J. Stanton, John W. Wilkins

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Abstract

The Boltzmann equation allows a study of the effect of electron-electron scattering on the anisotropy of the electron distribution in a large electric field. An effective electron-electron scattering rate 1ee relates how the quadrupole moment of the distribution in velocity space relaxes, lower moments being preserved by electron-electron scattering. We report (1) calculated distribution functions and (2) the density and drift-velocity dependence of 1ee for realistic electron-electron scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1087
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume57
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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