Electron-holepair generation and hysteresis in semiconductors Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider the electron-hole-pair generation and the resulting free-carrier-density buildup in a semiconductor irradiated with laser beams whose frequencies are below the band gap. Using a simple model, we show that the free-carrier density may exhibit hysteresis and that when placed in a cavity, the semiconductor causes optical multistability at relatively low input cw intensities. For InSb the model predicts hysteresis at or above 100 W / cm2. 1983 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review B

author list (cited authors)

  • Eli, A., Scully, M. O., & O'Hare, J. M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • El├ži, A||Scully, MO||O'Hare, JM

publication date

  • April 1983