Self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots studied with excitation dependent cathodoluminescence Academic Article uri icon


  • We have examined the optical properties of self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QDs) with polarization sensitive and time-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL) techniques. The InAs QDs were formed via self-assembly during molecular beam epitaxial growth of InAs on unpatterned GaAs(001). CL spectra exhibited a two-component line shape whose linewidth, intensity, and peak positions were found to be temperature and excitation dependent. The two components are found to be consistent with state filling of the QDs, resulting in emission involving ground state and excited state excitonic transitions. The luminescence intensities and lineshapes of the QD and wetting layer (WL) excitonic transitions were analyzed with constant excitation and time-resolved CL for various temperatures and excitation levels to study the thermal activation, re-emission, and recombination kinetics of carriers. Thermal quenching of the QD ground state and excited state components in the 105–175 K range is correlated with a rise in the WL emiss...

publication date

  • January 1, 1998