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We report the hot photoexcited electron transfer across the coaxial interface of a cylindrical core-shell nanowire. Modulation of the transfer rates, manifested as a large tunability of the voltage onset of negative differential resistance and of voltage-current phase, is achieved using three different modes. The coupling of electrostatic gating, incident photon energy, and the incident photon intensity to transfer rates is facilitated by the combined influences of geometric confinement and heterojunction shape on hot-electron transfer, and by electron-electron scattering rates that can be altered by varying the incident photon flux, with evidence of weak electron-phonon scattering. Dynamic manipulation of this transfer rate permits the introduction and control of a continuously adjustable phase delay of up to∼ 130 within a single nanometer-scale device element.
American Physical Society
Publication date: 
5 Oct 2011

Guannan Chen, Eric M Gallo, Oren D Leaffer, Terrence McGuckin, Paola Prete, Nico Lovergine, Jonathan E Spanier

Biblio References: 
Volume: 107 Issue: 15 Pages: 156802
Physical review letters