Intrinsic bistability in an optically pumped quantum well structure

A. Zrenner, J. M. Worlock, L. T. Florez, J. P. Harbison, S. A. Lyon

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We describe a new semiconductor heterostructure, configured into a bistable device that can be switched either optically or electrically. The two states between which switching occurs involve very different levels of charge accumulation in a quantum well channel, affecting both the photoluminescence spectrum and the vertical photocurrent. The agents in the switching mechanism appear to be hot carriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1763-1765
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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