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Power dependence of the photocurrent lineshape in a semiconductor quantum dot

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Article number193107
Journal publication date5/11/2007
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Number of pages3
Original languageEnglish


We propose a kinetic theory to describe the power dependence of the photocurrent lineshape in optically pumped quantum dots at low temperatures in both zero and finite magnetic fields. We show that there is a crossover power P-c, determined by the electron and hole tunneling rates, where the photocurrent no longer reflects the exciton lifetime. For P > P-c, we show that the photocurrent saturates due to the slow hole escape rate, whereas the linewidth increases with power. We analyze the spin-doublet lineshape in high magnetic fields and determine to what measure it reflects the degree of circular polarization of incident light.

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Copyright 2007 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 Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 193107 (2007) and may be found at http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/91/193107/1