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Zitterbewegung of Electronic Wave Packets in III-V Zinc-Blende Semiconductor Quantum Wells

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Schliemann, John ; Loss, Daniel ; Westervelt, R. M.
Date of publication of this fulltext: 22 May 2013 14:00


We study the zitterbewegung of electronic wave packets in III-V zinc-blende semiconductor quantum wells due to spin-orbit coupling. Our results suggest a direct experimental proof of this fundamental effect, confirming a long-standing theoretical prediction. For electron motion in a harmonic quantum wire, we numerically and analytically find a resonance condition maximizing the zitterbewegung.

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