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VOLUME 33 (1981) | ISSUE 12 | PAGE 650
Electron-hole drops on a germanium surface and a kinetic phase transition
The dependence of the lifetime of an electron-hole liquid on its average concentration on a crystal surface has been investigated. It is shown that in the transition from individual drops to a continuous liquid layer the lifetime increases suddenly by more than an order of magnitude; this is attributed to the appearance of a thin, gaslike film between the drops and the surface. The observed effect can be called a kinetic phase transition.