Exciton transport in Cu2O: Phonon wind versus superfluidity

S. G. Tikhodeev, G. A. Kopelevich, N. A. Gippius

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We focus on the recent experimental work by Mysyrowicz, et al., in which nondiffusive transport of excitons in Cu2O was reported and attributed to Bose Einstein condensation of excitons. We discuss an alternate explanation of the macroscopic transport of excitons in Cu2O, its nonlinearity in case of two-pulse excitation, and the recently reported "exciton laser" effect under pulse and cw excitation. We show that these effects can be more reasonably attributed to the nonequilibrium phonon induced drag ("phonon wind") and cannot be considered as experimental evidence of Bose Einstein condensation and superfluidity of excitons in Cu2O.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes


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