Intra-dot relaxation and dephasing rates from time-resolved photoluminescence from InAs quantum dot ensembles

Alexej Chernikov, Swantje Horst, Stephan W. Koch, Sangam Chatterjee, Wolfgang W. Rühle, Julian Sweet, Benjamin Richards, Josh Hendrickson, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt M. Gibbs, Dimitri Litvinov, Dagmar Gerthsen, Martin Wegener

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An ensemble of InAs quantum dots with ground state transition energies centered at 1.216 eV and density 1011dots/cm2 has been studied by time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). The wavelength of the 100-fs excitation pulse was tuned through the ground (excited) state transitions, resulting in resonant (optical phonon sideband) PL. The decay of the PL was time resolved with a streak camera in the interval 1.5-3 ns to avoid scattered laser light. The intensity of the PL was recorded with its polarization both parallel with and perpendicular to the excitation polarization (along one of the crystal's cleave axes); the ratio is 2.22 at low temperatures and low excitation. A phenomenological rate equation analysis is made, separating the excitations into two classes, one polarized along the excitation polarization and the other unpolarized (either that way immediately after the excitation pulse or scattered from the first class). Excellent fits to the data lead to the conclusion that both classes decay radiatively with a lifetime of 1 ns, and a transfer from the polarized to the unpolarized species takes place with a distribution time of 12 ns at low temperatures and low excitation, dropping rapidly toward zero for temperatures above 30 K and for intense excitation levels. The polarization of a coherently excited ground state exciton should dephase with a rate equal to the sum of the radiative rate plus the inverse of this distribution time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1485-1492
Number of pages8
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number35-36
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • B. III-V semiconductors
  • C. Quantum dots (optical properties)
  • D. Time resolved luminescence
  • E. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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