We investigate the measurement of the complex refractive index of individual quantum wells by reflectance spectroscopy. Placing the wells at half-wavelength spacing to cause resonant feedback produces an order-of-magnitude increase in measurement sensitivity over that of nonresonant structures. Quantum well dispersive and absorptive effects on reflectance can be differentiated in certain spectral regions. Experimental data confirm a theoretical model of refractive index and absorption for quantum wells of GaAs in Al0.2Ga0.8As in the region of the well band gap.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)