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Growth of Low-Density Vertical Quantum Dot Molecules with Control in Energy Emission

P Alonso-González1*, L González1, J Martín-Sánchez1, Y González1, D Fuster2, DL Sales3, D Hernández-Maldonado3, M Herrera3 and SI Molina3

Author affiliations

1 Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (IMM-CNM, CSIC), Isaac Newton, 8 Tres Cantos, 28760, Madrid, Spain

2 UMDO (Unidad Asociada al CSIC-IMM), Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, P.O. Box 22085, 4607, Valencia, Spain

3 Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e I.M. y Q.I, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real, 11510, Cádiz, Spain

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Citation and License

Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1913-1916  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9771-2

Published: 5 September 2010


In this work, we present results on the formation of vertical molecule structures formed by two vertically aligned InAs quantum dots (QD) in which a deliberate control of energy emission is achieved. The emission energy of the first layer of QD forming the molecule can be tuned by the deposition of controlled amounts of InAs at a nanohole template formed by GaAs droplet epitaxy. The QD of the second layer are formed directly on top of the buried ones by a strain-driven process. In this way, either symmetric or asymmetric vertically coupled structures can be obtained. As a characteristic when using a droplet epitaxy patterning process, the density of quantum dot molecules finally obtained is low enough (2 × 108 cm−2) to permit their integration as active elements in advanced photonic devices where spectroscopic studies at the single nanostructure level are required.

Molecular beam epitaxy; Droplet epitaxy; Quantum dots