Universal negative differential resistance in one-dimensional resistors

A. Goussev, S. Bandyopadhyay*

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A novel universal (material-independent) negative differential resistance is shown to exist in strictly one-dimensional systems (quantum wires) as a consequence of energy and momentum conservation in the interaction of one-dimensional confined carriers with one-dimensional confined acoustic phonons. The average (steady state) carrier energy should also exhibit a non-monotonic dependence on the driving electric field. Candidate systems to exhibit this negative differential resistance are suspended semiconductor nanobridges and semiconducting carbon nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-247
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2003


  • Negative differential resistance
  • Quantum wires


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