Many-body effects in the Coulomb drag between low density electron layers

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2003
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Solid State Communications
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0038-1098
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Elsevier Science
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125
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11-12
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575 - 579
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English
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Recent Coulomb drag experiments in low-density double-layer electron systems have the power of distinguishing various many-body formulations of the effective interactions. In this work we theoretically study the correlation effects on the drag resistivity in these systems within various models. The effective inter-layer interactions are best described by the generalization to the double-layer case of the Kukkonen-Overhauser approach which differs significantly from the self-consistent field approach of Singwi et al. [Phys. Rev. 176 (1968) 589]. Following the formulation of Vignale and Singwi [Phys. Rev. B 32 (1985) 2156] we derive an expression for the effective inter-layer interaction which embodies the many-body correlations through the local-field corrections. The drag resistivity is calculated within this approach together with the Hubbard approximation for the intra-layer local-field factor and a simple model for the inter-layer correlations. Comparison with the recent measurements of Kellogg et al. [Solid State Commun. 123 (2002) 515] yields very good agreement. Our results are also contrasted with the corresponding drag resistivities given by the Singwi et al. theory, the dynamic random-phase approximation and the Hubbard approximation. The significant differences found between these theories emphasize the strong sensitivity of the drag resistivity to the effective inter-layer interactions.

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