Single quantum dot emission by nanoscale selective growth of InAs on GaAs: A bottom-up approach

Patella, F.; Arciprete, F.; Placidi, E.; Fanfoni, M.; Balzarotti, A.; Vinattieri, A.; Cavigli, L.; Abbarchi, M.; Gurioli, M.; Lunghi, L.; Gerardino, A.
December 2008
Applied Physics Letters;12/8/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 23, p231904
Academic Journal
We report on single dot microphotoluminescence (μPL) emission at low temperature and low power from InAs dots grown by molecular beam epitaxy in nanoscale holes of a SiO2 mask deposited on GaAs(001). By comparing atomic force microscopy measurements with μPL data, we show that the dot sizes inside the nanoholes are smaller than those of the dots nucleated on the extended GaAs surface. PL of dots spans a wide energy range depending on their size and on the thickness and composition of the InGaAs capping layer. Time-resolved PL experiments demonstrate a negligible loss of radiative recombination efficiency, proving highly effective in the site-controlled dot nucleation.


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