Subsecond spin relaxation times in quantum dots at zero applied magnetic field due to a strong electron-nuclear interaction

R. Oulton, A. Greilich, S. Yu. Verbin, R. V. Cherbunin, T. Auer, D. R. Yakovlev, M. Bayer, I. A. Merkulov, V. Stavarache, D. Reuter, A. D. Wieck

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A key to ultralong electron spin memory in quantum dots (QDs) at zero magnetic field is the polarization of the nuclei, such that the electron spin is stabilized along the average nuclear magnetic field. We demonstrate that spin-polarized electrons in n-doped (In,Ga)As/GaAs QDs align the nuclear field via the hyperfine interaction. A feedback onto the electrons occurs, leading to stabilization of their polarization due to formation of a nuclear spin polaron [I. A. Merkulov, Phys. Solid State 40, 930 (1998).]. Spin depolarization of both systems is consequently greatly reduced, and spin memory of the coupled electron-nuclear spin system is retained over 0.3 sec at temperature of 2 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107401
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2007

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