Stephen W. Teitsworth

Stephen W. Teitsworth

Associate Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
089 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2560


Prof. Stephen W. Teitsworth's research centers on experimental, computational, and theoretical studies of deterministic and stochastic nonlinear electronic transport in nanoscale systems. Three particular areas of current interest are: 1) stochastic nonlinear electronic transport phenomena in semiconductor superlattices and tunnel diode arrays; 2) complex bifurcations associated with the deterministic dynamics of electronic transport in negative differential resistance systems; and 3) strategies for stabilizing negative differential resistance systems against the formation of space-charge waves.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1986

Selected Grants

Switching Dynamics of Electric Field Domains in Semiconductor Superlattices awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2012

DHB: Niches and Networks: Studying the Coevolution of Voluntary Groups and Social Networks awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Duke Terahertz Femtosecond Diagnostic Laboratory awarded by (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Acquisition of a Variable Temperature Four-Circle X-Ray Diffraction System awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2001

Optoelectronics Laboratory Equipment Enhancement awarded by (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999

Electron-localized Phonon Interactions in GaAs/AlxGal-xAs Quantum Well Structures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1996

Electron-Localized Phonon Interactions in GaAs/AlxGa,-xAs Quantum Well Structures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

Electron-Localized Phonon Interactions in GaAs/AlxGa- xAs Quantum Well awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

Teitsworth, S. W., et al. “Scaling properties of noise-induced switching in a bistable tunnel diode circuit.” European Physical Journal B, vol. 92, no. 4, Apr. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1140/epjb/e2019-90711-0. Full Text

Gonzalez, Juan Pablo, et al. “Experimental metrics for detection of detailed balance violation.Physical Review. E, vol. 99, no. 2–1, Feb. 2019, p. 022143. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.99.022143. Full Text

Ghanta, Akhil, et al. “Fluctuation loops in noise-driven linear dynamical systems.Physical Review. E, vol. 95, no. 3–1, Mar. 2017, p. 032128. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.95.032128. Full Text

Dannenberg, Paul H., et al. “Steering most probable escape paths by varying relative noise intensities.Physical Review Letters, vol. 113, no. 2, July 2014, p. 020601. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.113.020601. Full Text

Bomze, Yu, et al. “Noise-induced current switching in semiconductor superlattices: observation of nonexponential kinetics in a high-dimensional system.Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, no. 2, July 2012, p. 026801. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.109.026801. Full Text

Bomze, Yu, et al. “Noise-Induced Current Switching in Semiconductor Superlattices: Observation of Nonexponential Kinetics in a High-Dimensional System.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, no. 026801, American Physical Society, 2012.

Heinrich, M., et al. “Symmetry-breaking transitions in networks of nonlinear circuit elements.” New Journal of Physics, vol. 12, Nov. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1367-2630/12/11/113030. Full Text

Bonilla, L. L., and S. W. Teitsworth. “Nonlinear Wave Methods for Charge Transport.” Nonlinear Wave Methods for Charge Transport, Sept. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9783527628674. Full Text

Xu, H., and S. W. Teitsworth. “Emergence of current branches in a series array of negative differential resistance circuit elements.” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 108, no. 4, Aug. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.3475988. Full Text Open Access Copy

Xu, H., and S. W. Teitsworth. “On the possibility of a shunt-stabilized superlattice terahertz emitter.” Applied Physics Letters, vol. 96, no. 2, Jan. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.3291614. Full Text Open Access Copy


Neu, J. C., et al. “The Geometry of most probable trajectories in noise-driven dynamical systems.” Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics, vol. 232, 2018, pp. 153–67. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-76599-0_9. Full Text