Systematic reduction of the permanent exciton dipole for charged excitons in individual self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots

J J Finley, M Sabathil, R Oulton, A I Tartakovskii, D J Mowbray, M S Skolnick, S Liew, M Migliorato, M Hopkinson, P Vogl

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The nature of the few particle wavefunctions for neutral and positively charged excitons is probed in individual InGaAs quantum dots using Stark-effect perturbation spectroscopy. A systematic reduction of the vertical component of the permanent excitonic dipole (p(z)) is observed as additional holes are added to the dot. A comparison with calculations reveals that this reduction (Deltap(z)/e similar to 15-20%) is accompanied by a significant lateral expansion of the hole ( similar to 2 nm) and contraction (similar to 1 nm) of the electron wavefunctions. We suggest that this lateral redistribution of the charged exciton wavefunctions provides an optical means to probe the lateral composition profile of the dot. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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