## Abstract

A study of quantum confinement effects on the low-dimensional electron mobility in various AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well/wire structures has been performed. The influence of the electron envelop wave function and the subband structure on the low-dimensional electron scattering rates is evaluated. The electron transport behavior is studied through a Monte Carlo simulation. The result shows that the low-dimensional electron mobility varies significantly with the quantum well/wire geometry. The one-dimensional electron mobility of 9200 cm^{2}/V s is obtained in a rectangular quantum wire with a geometry of 110 Å×110 Å. This value is much improved in comparison with the bulk electron mobility of 8000 cm^{2}/V s in intrinsic GaAs and the maximum two-dimensional electron mobility of 8600 cm^{2}/V s in a 120 Å GaAs quantum well. It is also noticed that the highest low-dimensional electron mobility is achieved in a quantum well/wire structure where the energy separation between the first subband and the second subband is about two polar optical phonon energy.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 426-430 |

Number of pages | 5 |

Journal | Journal of Applied Physics |

Volume | 74 |

Issue number | 1 |

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State | Published - 1 Dec 1993 |