Fundamental relationship between the Herring and Cantrell-Butcher formulas for the phonon-drag thermopower of two-dimensional electron and hole gases
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) Fundamental relationship between the Herring and Cantrell-Butcher formulas for the phonon-drag thermopower of two-dimensional electron and hole gases. PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 64 (16). art. no.-165304. ISSN 1098-0121Full text not available from this repository.
We show that Herring's formula for the phonon-drag thermopower S-g is equivalent to the standard Cantrell-Butcher (CB) formula for a two-dimensional electron (or hole) gas. The CB approach provides a rigorous theoretical framework which is remarkably successful in explaining the measured S-g in two-dimensional systems. Herring's approach, although phenomenological, shows particular interest because it leads to an elegant and simple formula for S-g in terms of the phonon-limited mobility. The equivalence of the two formulas justifies the use of Herring's expression for the estimation of the phonon-limited mobility directly from the phonon-drag thermopower data and vice versa. Consequently, we exploit both the accuracy of the CB formula and the simplicity of Herring's formula. Our analysis leads to the derivation of an optimum average for the inelastic carrier relaxation rate tau (-1)(ac) associated with the acoustic-phonon scattering. This average is free of the conventional approximations made in the literature and explains with remarkable accuracy mobility data in both n- and p-type AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs heterostructures.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||PHYSICAL REVIEW B|
|Publisher:||AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC|
|Official Date:||15 October 2001|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||art. no.-165304|
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