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Electromodulated reflectance study of self-assembled Ge/Si quantum dots

Andrew Yakimov*, Aleksandr Nikiforov, Aleksei Bloshkin and Anatolii Dvurechenskii

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Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:208  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-208

Published: 9 March 2011


We perform an electroreflectance spectroscopy of Ge/Si self-assembled quantum dots in the near-infrared and in the mid-infrared spectral range. Up to three optical transitions are observed. The low-energy resonance is proposed to correspond to a band-to-continuum hole transition in the Ge valence band. The other two modulation signals are attributed to the spatially direct transitions between the electrons confined in the L and Δ(4) valleys of the Ge conduction band, and the localized hole states at the Γ point.