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Valley-selective Landau-Zener oscillations in semi-Dirac p-n junctions

Physical Review B 96 (2017)

K Saha, R Nandkishore, SA Parameswaran

© 2017 American Physical Society. We study transport across p-n junctions of gapped two-dimensional semi-Dirac materials: nodal semimetals whose energy bands disperse quadratically and linearly along distinct crystal axes. The resulting electronic properties - relevant to materials such as TiO2/VO2 multilayers and α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 salts - continuously interpolate between those of mono- and bilayer graphene as a function of propagation angle. We demonstrate that tunneling across the junction depends on the orientation of the tunnel barrier relative to the crystalline axes, leading to strongly nonmonotonic current-voltage characteristics, including negative differential conductance in some regimes. In multivalley systems, these features provide a natural route to engineering valley-selective transport.

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