Piezoelectric response to coherent longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonons in a semiconductor Schottky diode
Poyser, Caroline Louise
Akimov, Andrey V.
- Publisher: American Physical Society
arxiv: Condensed Matter::Materials Science | Condensed Matter::Mesoscopic Systems and Quantum Hall Effect
We study the generation of microwave electronic signals by pumping a (311) GaAs Schottky diode with compressive and shear acoustic phonons, generated by femtosecond optical excitation of an Al _lm transducer and mode conversion at the Al-GaAs interface. They propagate through the substrate and arrive at the Schottky device on the opposite surface, where they induce a microwave electronic signal. The arrival time, amplitude and polarity of the signals depend on the phonon mode. A theoretical analysis is made of the polarity of the experimental signals. This includes the piezoelectric and deformation potential mechanisms of electron-phonon interaction in a Schottky contact and shows that the piezoelectric mechanism is dominant for both transverse and longitudinal modes with frequencies below 250 GHz and 70 GHz respectively.