Mott distortion of the electron-hole fluid phase diagram

G. A. Thomas, J. B. Mock, M. Capizzi

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Spectroscopic measurements of the electron-hole fluid in Ge indicate that the liquid-gas phase diagram is distroted from that of simple fluids. This Mott distortion appears as a broadening of the top of the phase diagram with gas densities at least a factor of 3 lower than expected in the region near the Mott density. The precise shape of the phase boundary in the high-density gas remains uncertain because of inadequacies in our theoretical and experimental understanding of screening effects at finite temperatures. However, no first-order Mott transition separate from the liquid-gas transition is found to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4250-4259
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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