Optical control over electron g factor and spin decoherence in (In, Ga)As/GaAs quantum dots

J.H.H. Rietjens, G.W.W. Quax, C.A.C. Bosco, R. Nötzel, A.Y. Silov, B. Koopmans

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We have studied the dependence of the electron in-plane g factor and spin decoherence time on the built-in elec. field (Ei) at the position of a single layer of self-assembled (In, Ga)As/GaAs quantum dots (QDs). Control of Ei is achieved by inducing screening charges in a p-i-n GaAs matrix with a continuous wave (cw) laser. Using a time-resolved pump-probe technique to measure the spin dynamics via the magneto-optical Kerr effect, we observe a large hole spin decoherence time of 440 ps. Measurements as function of the cw laser power and, thus, of Ei show that the electron spin decay time in the QDs depends strongly on Ei and decreases from 310 to 110 ps with increasing Ei. We attribute this effect to increasing tunneling rates of electrons out of the QDs at high Ei. We observe a slight increase of the electron g factor from 0.40 +- 0.03 to 0.46 +- 0.04 with increasing Ei, which might be a result of a changing wavefunction as a result of a different confinement potential due to Ei.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)07B116-1/3
TijdschriftJournal of Applied Physics
Nummer van het tijdschrift7, Pt. 2
StatusGepubliceerd - 2008

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