Anomalous diamagnetic shift for negative trions in single semiconductor quantum dots

Y. J. Fu, Sheng-Di Lin, M. F. Tsai, H. Lin, C. H. Lin, H. Y. Chou, Shun-Jen Cheng, Wen-Hao Chang

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We report on the magnetic response of negative trions X- in single self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots. Unlike the conventional quadratic diamagnetic shift for neutral excitons, the observed X- diamagnetic shifts are small and nonquadratic. In particular, we also observed a reversal in sign of the conventional diamagnetic shift. A theoretical analysis indicates that such anomalous behaviors for X- arise from an apparent change in the electron wave function extent after photon emission due to the strong Coulomb attraction induced by the hole in its initial state. This effect can be very pronounced in small quantum dots, where the electron wave function becomes weakly confined and extended much into the barrier region. When the electrons gradually lose confinement, the magnetic response of X- will transit gradually from the usual quadratic diamagnetic shift to a quartic dependence, and finally into a special paramagnetic regime with an overall negative energy shift.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113307
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2010

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