Analytical expression for the quantum dot contribution to the quasistatic capacitance for conduction band characterization

Ma Buda, G. Iordache, S. Mokkapati, Lan Fu, G. Jolley, H. H. Tan, C. Jagadish, Mi Buda

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This paper demonstrates an analytical expression for the quasistatic capacitance of a quantum dot layer embedded in a junction, where the reverse bias is used to discharge the initially occupied energy levels. This analysis can be used to determine the position and the Gaussian homogeneous broadening of the energy levels in the conduction band, and is applied for an InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot structure grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. It is shown that the Gaussian broadening of the conduction band levels is significantly larger than the broadening of the interband photoluminescence (PL) transitions involving both conduction and hole states. The analysis also reveals a contribution from the wetting layer both in PL and modeled C-V profiles which is much stronger than in typical molecular beam epitaxy grown dots. The presence of a built-in local field oriented from the apex of the dot toward its base, contrary to the direction expected for a strained dot with uniform composition (negative dipole), is also derived from fitting of the C-V experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023713
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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