Umklapp-assisted electron transport oscillations in metal superlattices
Journal article, 2012

We consider a superlattice of parallel metal tunnel junctions with a spatially nonhomogeneous probability for electrons to tunnel. In such structures tunneling can be accompanied by electron scattering that conserves energy but not momentum. In the special case of a tunneling probability that varies periodically with period a in the longitudinal direction, i.e., perpendicular to the junctions, electron tunneling is accompanied by umklapp scattering, where the longitudinal momentum changes by a multiple of h/a. We predict that as a result a sequence of metal-insulator transitions can be induced by an external electric or magnetic field as the field strength is increased.


Sergeij I. Kulinich

University of Gothenburg

Leonid Gorelik

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

S. A. Gredeskul

Robert I. Shekhter

University of Gothenburg

Mats Jonson

University of Gothenburg

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

1098-0121 (ISSN)

Vol. 85 18 artikel nr 184202-

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