Exciton-binding-energy maximum in Ga1-xInxAs/GaAs quantum wells

M. J L S Haines, N. Ahmed, S. J A Adams, K. Mitchell, I. R. Agool, C. R. Pidgeon, B. C. Cavenett, E. P. Oreilly, A. Ghiti, M. T. Emeny

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The theoretically predicted peaked nature of the exciton binding energy as a function of quantum-well width has been experimentally observed. The values are obtained directly from interband magneto-optical measurements and compared with calculations based on the envelope-function method. The high quality of the samples is demonstrated by the fact that transitions involving Landau quantum numbers up to eight are seen in all wells and are identifiable at magnetic fields below 1 T. This unusually low scattering rate has allowed the binding energies to be obtained at a high degree of accuracy. © 1991 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11944-11949
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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