Experimental Test of the Planar Tunneling Model for Ballistic Electron Emission Spectroscopy

Ian Appelbaum, Rahul Sheth, Ilan Shalish, K. J. Russell, V. Narayanamurti

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Using planar theory of ballistic electron emission spectroscopy with the addition of scattering at the metal-semiconductor interface, we calculate an expected change in the ratio of the collector current (formula presented) to the tunnel current (formula presented) as (formula presented) is varied in the well-known system Au/GaAs(100). This alternative spectroscopy is performed experimentally and is shown to differ drastically from the theory, which nevertheless agrees well with standard voltage spectroscopy. From this discrepancy, we question the applicability of one-dimensional (1D) planar theory to an inherently 3D system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155307
Pages (from-to)1553071-1553074
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - 10 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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