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Junctions of doped Mott insulators offer a route to rectification at frequencies beyond the terahertz range. Mott insulators have strong electronic correlations and therefore short timescales for electron-electron scattering. It is this short time scale that allows for the possibility of rectification at frequencies well beyond those of semiconductor devices that are limited by the slow diffusion of charge carriers. We model a junction by a one dimensional chain of electrons with p- and n-doping on the two halves of the chain. Two types of systems are investigated: spin polarized electrons with nearest-neighbor interaction, and spin-half electrons that interact via on-site repulsion (the Hubbard model). For short chains the many-body Schrodinger equation can be integrated numerically exactly, and when driven by an oscillating electromagnetic field such idealized junctions rectify, showing a preferred direction for charge transfer …
Publication date: 
7 Aug 2012

Florian C Sabou, Natalie Bodington, JB Marston

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Pages: 1-4
2012 Lester Eastman Conference on High Performance Devices (LEC)