Polarization conservation and dephasing in InAs quantum dot ensembles

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

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We present time-resolved photoluminescence measurements performed on an ensemble of InAs quantum dots with density of 1011 dots/cm2 and ground state transition energies centered at 1.216 eV. The wavelength of the 100fs excitation pulse was tuned through the ground (excited) state transitions, resulting in resonant (optical phonon assisted) photoluminescence (PL). The PL was detected with its polarization both parallel with and perpendicular to the excitation polarization (along one of the crystal's cleave axes). The decay of the PL was time-resolved with a streak camera in the interval 1.5 - 3ns to avoid scattered laser light. A strong polarization dependence was observed. Considerable amount of the resonant fluorescence signal and even of the non-resonant PL signatures remained linearly polarized on a nanosecond time scale. A phenomenological rate equation analysis is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII
StatePublished - Jun 15 2010
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2010Jan 28 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Dephasing
  • Quantum dots
  • TEM
  • TRPL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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