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Title: Limit cycle theory of temporal current self-oscillations in sequential tunneling of superlattices
Authors: Sun, Zhouzhou
Wang, Shidong
Duan, S. Q.
Wang, Xiang-Rong
Keywords: Thin films
Electrical properties
High-field and nonlinear effects
Issue Date: 28-Apr-2003
Abstract: A unified theory of the temporal current self-oscillations is presented. We establish these oscillations as the manifestations of limit cycles, around unstable steady-state solutions caused by the negative differential conductance. This theory implies that both the generation and the motion of an electric-field domain boundary are universal in the sense that they do not depend on the initial conditions. Under an extra weak ac bias with a frequency Wac, the frequency must be either Wac or an integer fractional of Wac if the tunneling current oscillates periodically in time, indicating the periodic doubling for this non-linear dynamical system.
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