Electronic structure and many-body effects in self-assembled quantum dots

Jean Pierre Leburton, Leonardo R.C. Fonseca, Satyadev Nagaraja, John Shumway, David Ceperley, Richard M. Martin

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A detailed model for the electronic properties of self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum dots (SADs) is presented, with emphasis on inter-level transitions and many-body effects. The model is based on the self-consistent solution of three-dimensional Poisson and Schrödinger equations within the local (spin-) density approximation. Nonparabolicity of the band structure and a continuum model for the strain between GaAs and InAs results in position- and energy-dependent effective mass. The electronic spectra of SADs of various shapes have been determined with intraband level transitions and mid-infrared optical matrix elements. Shell structures obeying Hund's rule for various occupation numbers in pyramidal SADs agree well with recent capacitance measurements. It is shown that many-body interactions between orbital pairs of electrons are determined in a first approximation by classical Coulomb interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5953-5967
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 9 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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