Multiphoton processes in microwave photoresistance of two-dimensional electron systems

M. A. Zudov, R. R. Du, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West

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We extend our studies of microwave photoresistance of ultrahigh mobility two-dimensional electron systems (2DES) into the high-intensity, nonlinear regime employing both monochromatic and bichromatic radiation. Under high-intensity monochromatic radiation ω we observe zero-resistance states (ZRSs) that correspond to the rational values of ε=ω ωC (ωC is the cyclotron frequency) and can be associated with multiphoton processes. Under bichromatic radiation ω1, ω2 we discover a resistance minimum, possibly a precursor of bichromatic ZRSs, which seems to originate from a frequency mixing process, ω1 + ω2. These findings indicate that multiphoton processes play important roles in the physics of nonequilibrium transport of microwave-driven 2DES, and suggest new directions for theoretical and experimental studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041303
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006


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