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Cooperative Effects in the Photoluminescence of (In,Ga)As/GaAs Quantum Dot Chain Structures

Yu I Mazur1*, VG Dorogan1, E Marega1, DF Cesar2, V Lopez-Richard2, GE Marques2, Z Ya. Zhuchenko3, GG Tarasov3 and GJ Salamo1

Author affiliations

1 Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, 226 Physics Building, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA

2 Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, 13565-905, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

3 Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45 Nauki prospect, Kiev, 03028, Ukraine

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:991-1001  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9590-5

Published: 16 April 2010

Abstract

Multilayer In0.4Ga0.6As/GaAs quantum dot (QD) chain samples are investigated by means of cw and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy in order to study the peculiarities of interdot coupling in such nanostructures. The temperature dependence of the PL has revealed details of the confinement. Non-thermal carrier distribution through in-chain, interdot wave function coupling is found. The peculiar dependences of the PL decay time on the excitation and detection energies are ascribed to the electronic interdot coupling and the long-range coupling through the radiation field. It is shown that the dependence of the PL decay time on the excitation wavelength is a result of the superradiance effect.

Keywords:
Time-resolved photoluminescence; Quantum dot chain; Interdot coupling