We present a formalism to study the evolution of a wave packet inside and outside a scattering superlattice. Time series of specific Gaussian packets, centered at an arbitrary energy (formula presented) exhibit interesting back-scattering, trapping, and transmission effects. These effects depend on whether the energy (formula presented) is in a gap, coincides with a resonance, or is an arbitrary point in a band of the superlattice. The time evolution depends strongly on the transmission coefficient and on the superlattice tunneling time. We show that because of the reduced wave-packet distortion and the high intensity difference between the back-scattered and the transmitted wave, for (formula presented) in a gap, it is convenient to look at the back-scattered wave packet to study the superlattice tunneling time.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jan 2003|