Evolution of a quasi-neutral shock wave in inhomogeneous semiconductors

Philip Rosenau*, I. D. Vagner

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It is shown that in a current carrying extrinsic semiconductor, a quasi-neutral wave of carrier concentrations evolves into a shock wave(s). Inhomogeneous distribution of impurities causes either amplification (an absolute instability) or depression of these waves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 11 Mar 1985
Externally publishedYes


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