J. Phys. IV France
Volume 10, Numéro PR5, March 2000
The 1999 International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems
Page(s) Pr5-355 - Pr5-358
The 1999 International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems

J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000) Pr5-355-Pr5-358

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2000567

Molecular dynamics studies of electron-hole bilayers

Z. Donkó1 and G.J. Kalman2

1  Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, P.O. Box 49, 1525 Budapest, Hungary
2  Department of Physics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167, U.S.A.

We investigated the properties of strongly coupled classical electron-hole bilayers, using a molecular dynamics simulation code based on the PPPM (particle-particle particle-mesh) algorithm and applying the transformation of the two layers into a single layer with modified interaction potentials. The calculations were carried out for layer separations d comparable to the Wigner-Seitz radius a. The analysis of the (intra- and interlayer) pair correlation functions g11(r) and g12(r) showed that at layer separations d/a ≥ 3 the layers are independent of each other. With decreasing d/a a strongly increasing peak of g12 develops at r/a = 0, indicating the formation of electron-hole pairs ("classical excitons"). The intralayer correlation function g11 is essentially independent of the layer separation for d/a ≥ 1, the interaction of particles between the two layers does not influence the long range order (observed at high d/a < 1 values) in the layers. At d/a < 1 the long range order is destroyed due to the fact that the interaction is due to the dipole field of the electron-hole pairs.

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