Theory of Scattering-Limited and Ballistic Mobility and Saturation Velocity in Low- Dimensional Nanostructures
Vijay K. Arora
Affiliation: Division of Engineering and Physics, Wilkes University, 85 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18707, USA.
Keywords: Ohm's law, saturation velocity, mobility, nanostructures, low-dimensional, 1D, 2D,, 3D,, velocity-field characteristics, scattering
Here we show the fundamental processes on nanoscale that may influence the design and extension of nanotechnology chips, sensors, and systems. The focus is on the breakdown of Ohms Law in nanoscale devices extensively being used to assess the performance of a “system-on-a-chip,” may it be for bio, chemical, physical or engineering applications. Novel insights on theories of three sources of transformation of Ohms Law are enumerated: quantum confinement in low-dimensional nanostructures, ballistic transport when conducting channel length is smaller than the mean free path, and high-field initiated carrier asymmetric distribution. The saturation velocity arising from the high-field initiated mobility degradation is shown to be the intrinsic velocity that depends on the nanostructure dimensionality, its carrier concentration, and the ambient temperature, in direct contrast to single number that is quoted in the literature. The ballistic intrinsic velocity is the ultimate saturation velocity that can be lowered by the onset of a quantum emission that may be an optical phonon or a quantum emitted from an excited quantized level to the ground state. The results presented will have profound impact in interpretation of data on a variety of nanotechnology devices and systems that may exist with varying low dimensionality, classical (analogue) in one or more of the three Cartesian directions, while other directions go quantum (digitized energies).
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