We consider the effect of electron correlations on tunneling from a 2D electron layer in a magnetic field parallel to the layer. A tunneling electron can exchange its momentum with other electrons, which leads to an exponential increase of the tunneling rate compared to the single-electron approximation. The effect depends on the interrelation between the dynamics of tunneling and momentum exchange. The results explain and provide a no-parameter fit to the data on electrons on helium. We also discuss tunneling in semiconductor heterostructures.
- Received 19 July 2000
- Published in the issue dated 12 March 2001
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