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High pressure as a tool to tune electronic coupling in self-assembled quantum dot nanostructures

Itskevich, I. E.; Rybchenko, S. I.; Andreev, A. D.; Cahill, J.; Tartakovskii, A. I.; Skolnick, M. S.; Hill, G.; Hopkinson, M.


I. E. Itskevich

A. D. Andreev

J. Cahill

A. I. Tartakovskii

M. S. Skolnick

G. Hill

M. Hopkinson


High pressure provides an efficient way of controlling the electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures. We use pressure to tune electronic coupling in stacks of self-assembled quantum dots (SAQDs). The coupling occurs as soon as the distance and the height of the barriers between the dots are sufficiently small to permit interaction between the wavefunctions of electrons in adjacent dots. We demonstrate experimental evidence that application of pressure reduces and may quench the coupling. This happens because, under pressure, the inter-dot barriers become higher and hence less transparent for electron wavefunctions. The effect was revealed by means of photoluminescence spectroscopy and confirmed by theoretical modelling.


Itskevich, I. E., Rybchenko, S. I., Andreev, A. D., Cahill, J., Tartakovskii, A. I., Skolnick, M. S., …Hopkinson, M. (2004). High pressure as a tool to tune electronic coupling in self-assembled quantum dot nanostructures. physica status solidi (b), 241(14), 3257-3262.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2004
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2004
Publication Date Nov 1, 2004
Print ISSN 0370-1972
Electronic ISSN 1521-3951
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 241
Issue 14
Pages 3257-3262
Keywords Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Condensed Matter Physics
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