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Dependence of Exciton Energy on Dot Size in GaN/AlN Quantum Dots

Williams, D P, Andreev, A D and O'Reilly, E P (2006) Dependence of Exciton Energy on Dot Size in GaN/AlN Quantum Dots Physical Review B, 73 (24). ISSN 1098-0121

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Abstract

Using previously derived analytical expressions for the polarization field in nitride quantum dots (QDs), we show that the potential in the growth direction can be approximated as linear in such dots, and that the slope of this linear potential depends only on the aspect ratio (height/radius) of the dot. We demonstrate how the large polarization field leads to a linear dependence of the exciton energy on dot size, provided the aspect ratio of the dot is conserved while the size is varied. We also present a useful analytical approximation for the electron and hole wave functions in nitride QDs in terms of Airy functions, which compares well with the solutions of a numerical computation. We note that the disagreement concerning the sign of the shear piezoelectric coefficient e(15) leads to a significant uncertainty in the calculated potential.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in <i>Physical Review B,</i> Vol. 73, Iss. 24. Copyright 2006 American Physical Society. Click <a href=http://prb.aps.org/>here</a> to access the journal's website.
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/158

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