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Impact of the capping layers on lateral confinement in InAs/InP quantum dots for 1.55 um laser applications srudied by magneto-photoluminescence.

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  • Charles Cornet
  • Christophe Levallois
  • P. Caroff
  • Hervé Folliot
  • Christophe Labbé
  • Jacky Even
  • Alain Le Corre
  • Slimane Loualiche
  • Manus Hayne
  • Victor V. Moshchalkov
Article number233111
Journal publication date30/11/2005
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Number of pages3
Original languageEnglish


We have used magnetophotoluminescence to study the impact of different capping layer material combinations (InP, GaInAsP quaternary alloy, or both InP and quaternary alloy) on lateral confinement in InAs/InP quantum dots (QDs) grown on (311)B orientated substrates. Exciton effective masses, Bohr radii, and binding energies are measured for these samples. Conclusions regarding the strength of the lateral confinement in the different samples are supported by photoluminescence at high excitation power. Contrary to theoretical predictions, InAs QDs in quaternary alloy are found to have better confinement properties than InAs/InP QDs. This is attributed to a lack of lateral intermixing with the quaternary alloy, which is present when InP is used to (partially) cap the dots. The implications of the results for reducing the temperature sensitivity of QD lasers are discussed. ©2005 American Institute of Physics

Bibliographic note

Copyright 2005 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters, 87 (23), 2005 and may be found at http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/87/233111/1 High-field magnetophotoluminescence was used to select the best capping material for InAs/InP quantum dot lasers, leading to the World's lowest threshold current density at 1.55 ?m. International collaboration. Hayne supervised the experiment, data analysis, and preparation of the paper. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Physics