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Suppressed Auger scattering and tunable light emission of Landau-quantized massless Kane electrons
But, D. B.; Mittendorff, M.; Consejo, C.; Teppe, F.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Dvoretskii, S. A.; Faugeras, C.; Winnerl, S.; Helm, M.; Knap, W.; Potemski, M.; Orlita, M.;
The Landau level laser has been proposed a long time ago as a unique source of monochromatic radiation, widely tunable in the THz and infrared spectral ranges using an externally applied magnetic field. In spite of decades of efforts, this appealing concept never resulted in the design of a reliable device. This is due to effcient Auger scattering of Landau-quantized electrons, which is an intrinsic non-radiative recombination channel that eventually gains over cyclotron emission in all materials studied so far: in conventional semiconductors with parabolic bands, but also in graphene with massless electrons. The Auger processes are favored in these systems by Landau levels (or their subsets) equally spaced in energy. Here we show that this scheme does not apply to massless Kane electrons in gapless HgCdTe alloy, in which undesirable Auger scattering is strongly suppressed and the sizeable cyclotron emission observed, for the first time in the case of massless particles. The gapless HgCdTe thus appears as a material of choice for future technology of Landau level lasers.
Keywords: Kane electrons, Landau quantization, Auger scattering, cyclotron emission

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